Road to Resilience

A podcast that brings you stories and insights to help you thrive in a challenging world. From fighting burnout and trauma, to building resilient families and communities, we explore what’s possible when science meets the human spirit. Powered by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Kids Who Can Deal

Kids Who Can Deal

Developmental psychologist Aliza Pressman, PhD, explains why “authoritative” parenting helps kids respond to stress in a healthy way. Learn More
Your Brain on Fear

Your Brain on Fear

Neuroscientist Anthony Lacagnina, PhD, explains how your brain processes fear, and what the latest research might mean for future treatments. Learn More
The Story of Bed 25

The Story of Bed 25

George flees anti-gay violence in his native Ghana and seeks asylum in the United States. This is the story of what happened next. Learn More
A Scientist’s Guide to Optimism

A Scientist’s Guide to Optimism

Want to improve your health? Become an optimist. Cardiologist and optimism expert Alan Rozanski, MD, explains why optimists fare better than pessimists and outlines steps for becoming more optimistic. Learn More
Unknown Exposure

Unknown Exposure

9/11 health expert and a volunteer responder talk about their experience at Ground Zero and the latest research into 9/11-related illnesses. Learn More
The Comedian and the Brain Tumor

The Comedian and the Brain Tumor

Comedy writer/director and supermom Jeannie Gaffigan talks about battling a life-threatening brain tumor with the help of her faith, family and humor. Learn More
Measuring the Mental Toll of Child Separation

Measuring the Mental Toll of Child Separation

Mount Sinai researchers discuss the first, large empirical study examining the mental health of children in immigration detention. Learn More
Forget Kumbaya: The Art of Self-Care

Forget Kumbaya: The Art of Self-Care

Overwhelmed by grief, an oncology fellow embarks on a self-care journey that leads to unexpected places. Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD, Director of Quality for Cancer Services at the Mount Sinai Health System, offers advice on processing loss and having hard conversations. Listen Now
Dr. Krieger’s Three Resilience Tips

Dr. Krieger’s Three Resilience Tips

In this mini-episode, neurologist Stephen Krieger, MD, shares resilience insights he's learned from treating patients with multiple sclerosis. No. 1: View uncertainty as an opportunity. Listen Now
Somebody to Lean On

Somebody to Lean On

The science is in: We’re stronger together. Support networks have been linked to longer, healthier lives. On this episode, multiple sclerosis patients Kate Milliken and Elizabeth Jones talk about how their tight-knit MS community has made them more resilient. Listen Now
The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma

The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma

Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond, filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, discuss the lifelong impact of childhood trauma and explore opportunities for healing. Listen Now
Resilience Stories (Live!)

Resilience Stories (Live!)

An “unsanctioned” breast exam confirms a woman’s worst fears, and a young man struggles out of poverty with the help of zebra finches. Two stories performed before a live audience by neuroscience PhD students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Listen Now
The Mystery Virus

The Mystery Virus

In 1977, Doug Dieterich accidentally infected himself with a deadly, nameless virus. Four decades later, Dr. Dieterich reflects on his journey from hepatitis C patient to caregiver with the help of an unlikely ally, AIDS activist and “cockney rebel” Leigh Blake. Listen Now
The Power of Optimism

The Power of Optimism

Deb Gruen was born with spina bifida, a debilitating birth defect. But with the help of her parents, she stayed positive, focused on her strengths, and reached outstanding heights, winning a Paralympic medal and earning degrees from Yale and Georgetown. Listen Now
Thriving After a Devastating Loss

Thriving After a Devastating Loss

After her brother’s murder, Dr. Rosalind Wright channeled her grief into a career in public health, where she has studied the connection between trauma and disease. Dr. Wright is Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Listen Now
Managing Stress, Anxiety and Fear

Managing Stress, Anxiety and Fear

Med student Jordyn Feingold and resident Dr. Benny Laitman talk about the stressors faced by young medical professionals—from performing a first surgery to managing course loads—and explain how reframing stressful thoughts and facing fears has helped them thrive. Listen Now
A Resilient Journey from Trauma to Success

A Resilient Journey from Trauma to Success

Dr. Angela Diaz discusses her remarkable journey from high school dropout to Ivy League graduate and now director of the Mount Sinai’s renowned Adolescent Health Center. Find out how altruism and playing to her strengths helped Dr. Diaz succeed. Listen Now
Faith, Spirituality and Mindfulness

Faith, Spirituality and Mindfulness

Psychiatrist Dr. Deborah Marin, explains how faith, spirituality, and a core belief system can make you more resilient to life’s challenges—something she knows from person experience. Dr. Marin is Director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Spirituality and Health. Listen Now
Building a Resilient Family

Building a Resilient Family

Research shows that exposing children to manageable amounts of stress and uncomfortable situations can build resilience and confidence. Dr. Dennis Charney explains how he did this with his own family, and his son, Dr. Alex Charney, joins the conversation. Listen Now
The Prescription to My Recovery

The Prescription to My Recovery

During a highly publicized trial, Dr. Dennis Charney comes face-to-face with the man who tried to murder him. Listen as he takes that courageous step and details the resilient factors he used to stay strong during this emotional stage in his recovery. Listen Now
An Unexpected Trauma

An Unexpected Trauma

Dennis Charney, MD, a resilience expert and Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, takes us back to the day he was shot by a disgruntled former employee and talks about applying his resilience research to his own life. Listen Now