Matt Bellace

Matt Bellace is naturally high.

A stand-up comedian with a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology, his programs encourage people to pursue natural highs like laughter and meditation to help them be resilient in the face of stress.

Matt received his doctorate from Drexel University, worked at the National Institutes of Mental Health, and completed his internship at the traumatic brain and spinal cord units at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. His dissertation focused on the neurological underpinnings of emotional memory.

He’s the author of the book, A Better High, a contributing author for the National Geographic Kids, and was a recurring comedian on truTV’s World’s Dumbest. He’s performed stand-up comedy in clubs and colleges including appearances at Caroline’s on Broadway and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

As an undergraduate at Bucknell University, Matt founded a student prevention organization named C.a.l.v.i.n. & H.o.b.b.e.s. Over 25 years later, it is the oldest student group on campus, providing substance-free events every weekend of the school year. In 1995, the trustees of Bucknell approved funding to refurbish a former fraternity house for the group. U.S. News and World Report heralded the move, noting, “How times have changed”, and Bucknell President William “Bro” Adams referred to the group as “revolutionary.”

He currently lives in Princeton, NJ and enjoys pursuing natural highs with his wife and two children.


Past Presentations

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