Author Robin Casarjian

Robin Casarjian, M.A.

Robin Casarjian writes on emotional literacy and forgivenessRobin Casarjian is the Founder and Director of the Lionheart Foundation and its National Emotional Literacy Projects. She is a public speaker, writer, and consultant with extensive experience in education, stress management training, psychotherapy, and administration. Whether in inner-city classrooms, hospitals, corporations or prisons, Robin’s work has been widely acclaimed for its clarity, directness, and unwavering vision of the enormous potential within all people.

Working with people from diverse backgrounds and in different settings, Robin realized the central role that forgiveness plays in the healing process. Translating the age-old spiritual concept of forgiveness into a grounded, commonsense, day-to-day practice, she wrote her first book. Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for A Peaceful Heart, published by Bantam Books in 1992, is now available in seven languages.

Robin’s expertise in stress-management and forgiveness resulted in appearances on PBS and local and national talk shows, including ABC’s 20/20 and Oprah Winfrey. She has also been interviewed in numerous national magazines and publications.

Volunteering in a Massachusetts state prison in 1988, Robin developed a course for inmates in emotional literacy skill-building. Witnessing the profound impact this course repeatedly had on prisoners, she was inspired to bring her work to prisoners across the country.

Toward this end, Robin wrote Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom, with the intent of distributing free copies to all prison libraries in the U.S. In 1992, she founded the Lionheart Foundation and its National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners in order to support this endeavor.

In Lionheart’s latest major initiative, the National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth-At-Risk, Robin collaborated with her niece, child psychologist Bethany Casarjian, Ph.D., on the publication of a program for highly at-risk adolescents that is utilized as a curriculum in 3000 youth programs nationwide.

Robin continues to develop innovative new programs for at-risk populations.


Learn about the newest prison program – The Houses of Healing Self-study Program for Prisoners in Solitary Confinement