Dr. Marisa Franco


Compassion requires us to deeply humanize each other and is, thus, at the core of our ability to connect. When we begin to expand our sense of self to include other people, the foundations of deep and true friendship are laid.

Why I support the Compassion Coalition

An enlightening psychologist, TED speaker, and New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Marisa G. Franco is known for digesting and communicating the science of human connection in ways that resonate deeply enough with people to change their lives. She works as a professor at The University of Maryland, writes for Psychology Today, and has been a featured psychologist for major publications like The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Scientific American. She speaks on mental health and belonging at corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and universities.

Dr. Marisa's Books

Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make–and Keep–Friends
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