After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. Judy Willis remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. Judy Willis practiced neurology for fifteen years before returning to university to obtain her Teaching Credential and Masters of Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Judy Willis has taught in elementary, middle, and graduate schools.
Her first book for parents and caregivers, How Your Child Learns Best: A parent guide to raising smarter children by a neurologist and classroom teacher, was published in 2008 and her second book, Brain Gifts Unwrapped: How Parents and Teachers Can Ignite the Brains of Gifted Middle School Students was published in 2009 by Great Potentials Press.
Dr. Judy Willis is an international consultant for professional and curriculum development. She is presenter at educational conferences nationally and internationally in the field of learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies derived from this research. Judy Willis was a Distinguished Lecturer at a national conference in March 2008 and March 2009 co-presenting with Goldie Hawn, founder of the Hawn Foundation for Mindfulness Education on which Dr. Willis serves on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Willis writes extensively for professional educational journals and was honored as a 2007 Finalist for Distinguished Achievement Award for her educational writing by the Association for Educational Publishers.
Dr. Judy Willis, a home winemaker, writes a weekly wine column and is a regular contributor to wine literature.