The Impact of Roots of Empathy Around the World

Welcome to our new video series, the Roots of Empathy Testimonials. Who better than the experts themselves to paint a broad picture, through testimonials, of the scope and impact of our work and influence? Hear childhood trauma global leader Dr. Bruce Perry, policy maker Maurice Meehan from Belfast, former Premier of British Columbia and Chair of the Roots of Empathy Canadian Board Christy Clark, world renowned researcher Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, Business entrepreneur extraordinaire Zita Cobb, and educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba express their tributes to Roots of Empathy.

Dr. Bruce Perry

Dr. Bruce Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network and Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy. Dr. Perry is a renowned expert on childhood trauma and children’s mental health, researcher, and bestselling author of What Happened to You? co-authored with Oprah Winfrey.

Maurice Meehan

Maurice Meehan, Head of Health Improvement at Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland, reminds us of how Roots of Empathy can address centuries old conflict by helping children find respect for difference and inclusion of “the other”.

Dr. Michele Borba

Bestselling US author, educational psychologist, and “20 year fan of Roots of Empathy”, Dr. Michele Borba shares an enthusiastic story of her first encounter with a Roots of Empathy class in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

Zita Cobb

Business entrepreneur extraordinaire, Zita Cobb award winning innkeeper of the world-class Fogo Island Inn celebrates the innovation behind Roots of Empathy and the fact that the organization is founded by a fellow social entrepreneur.

Graham Allen

Graham Allen, a thirty-year member of UK Parliament, speaks to his founding of the groundbreaking Early Intervention Foundation and his connection and support to Roots of Empathy.

Robbie Kane

Robbie Kane is the Program Director at the Hawaii Community Foundation. She supports and oversees the impact of the Roots of Empathy program in Hawaii. Kane speaks to the authenticity and cultural respect that the program shows to native Hawaiian culture and celebrates our success as a Social and Emotional Learning Program.

Lyle Viereck

Lyle Viereck, Creek Indian Tribe (Muskogee) and African American heritage, gives an emotional narrative on how he connected to Roots of Empathy and supported our Indigenous programming in British Columbia. Lyle is also a Roots of Empathy Canadian Board member.

Dr. Andrew Meltzoff

Dr. Andrew Meltzoff is an American psychologist, neuroscientist, and an internationally renowned expert on infant and child development. He speaks about the power of the Roots of Empathy innovation.

The Hon. Christy Clark

The Hon. Christy Clark is Former Minister of Education and Premier of British Columbia, and is recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She speaks to the importance of the Roots of Empathy program, and the reason she became the Chair of the Canadian Board.

Dr. Liz Gregory

Dr. Liz Gregory of Wales, a clinical psychologist and UK Board member gives a unique perspective on her experience as a Roots of Empathy Instructor when on sabbatical in Canada.