Julia Lee Simens grew up in the U.S.A. and currently resides between Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Roatan, Honduras. She has a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California and a dual degree in Education and Psychology from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. She currently travels around the world doing speaking engagements at a variety of locations. As an educator, speaker, author and consultant, Julia has a gold-medal global perspective on children and parenting. Parents look for her for guidance because she has raised her own two children overseas while agonizing over about schools, medical conditions, friendships and loss of extended family contact.
She and her family have navigated nine international relocations which has provided her the opportunity to work with over 8,000 families on five continents. This has helped her understand the similarities of emotions children share around the globe. She has personally gazed into the eyes of young children from around the world and helped them successfully transition into their new environment. She is an expert on emotional resilience and the expat child.
Julia's professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association. Julia loves to cook, blogs at jsimens.com, and spends a lot of time at the shoreline of Lake Tahoe and the beaches on Roatan.
She has served on the FIGT Board since October 2013.