Discovery Museum to Host Author Jessica Lahey to Speak on Substance Abuse Prevention in Children

What: “The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence”
Who: Jessica Lahey, New York Times best-selling author
When: Wednesday, April 28, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Online via Zoom Webinar
Cost:  Free with preregistration at a $5 suggested donation appreciated

Jessica Lahey, recently featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, will speak about substance abuse prevention—based on her research in child welfare, psychology, substance abuse, and developmental neuroscience—and provide evidence-based strategies and practical tools parents and caregivers need in order to understand, support, and educate resilient, addiction-resistant children. She'll provide guidelines that are age-appropriate and actionable, from navigating a child’s risk for addiction, to interpreting signs of early abuse, to advice for broaching difficult conversations with children.

Jessica Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. Over twenty years, she’s taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and private schools. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, The Washington Post and The New York Times and is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. Jessica earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons. Her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, will be released in early April 2021.

Upcoming 2021 Virtual Speaker Series events:

All 2021 events will be presented virtually via Zoom webinar, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, and are free and open to the public. Registration for all events is open now on the Museum’s website at

Tuesday, June 1, “Addressing Bias in Children’s Literature,” with Grace Lin, New York Times best-selling author and illustrator.

Thursday, September 23, “Youth Voices in Climate Change,” with Varshini Prakash, founder of The Sunrise Movement

Thursday, October 21, “An Empowered Life for Children with Disabilities,” with Sara Minkara, Founder, Empowerment Through Integration

These free and open-to-the-public events are made possible by Lead sponsor Foundation for MetroWest, and Investor sponsor Enterprise Bank. Thank you.