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Dr. Kristen Lee      

Award-Winning Behavioral Science Expert & Clinician

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris”, is a recovering perfectionist, proud mother, and an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science expert, clinician, researcher, educator, speaker, and activist from Boston, Massachusetts.

As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University, Dr. Lee’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and under-served populations. She operates a clinical and consulting practice devoted to preventing and treating burnout and is the author of RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress, Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book of 2015, and Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking-Learn What it Takes to be More Agile, Mindful and Connected in Today’s World. She is a regular contributor for Psychology Today and Thrive Global.

Dr. Lee is the host of Mentalligence Radio and her work has been featured on NPR and CBS radio. Her signature ability to engage with a diverse range of audiences has led her to be invited to speak nationally and internationally to students, educators, health and mental health professionals, business leaders and general audiences. Some of the venues she speaks at include Harvard University, Ted X, Virgin Pulse, and Johnson and Johnson. In her spare time, she can be found on the running trails, attempting tricky yoga poses, eating peanut butter cups and drinking kale juice--but not all at once.

Speech Topics

Mindfulness, Resilience, Mental Health, Well-Being, Burnout Prevention, Self-care


Fear Can Be Contagious. Here Are Some Ideas for Keeping Calm

There are ways to protect against and prevent spreading COVID-19, but the World Health Organization says an “infodemic” has accompanied the disease, leading people toward inaccurate information and consequential panic.

Tuesday, March 31: Understanding Pandemic

The arrival of COVID-19 has created a “new normal” for people around the globe – forcing us to change our habits with lightning speed. Tonight, Nicole Estaphan reports on the current pandemic and gets advice from experts on how to cope. She also shares stories of joy in the way communities are coming together in a time of social distancing. And while the threat of corona virus is unlike anything in our lifetime, Nicole speaks with experts about the history of global health threats and lessons we can apply today.

Combating an ‘infodemic’: When fear and false information go viral

The first pandemic of the social media era has brought a parallel set of challenges, including the rapid spread of fear and false information. Here’s how people are working to address that.

20 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health

Here’s what science shows can help keep us on track.

Can the Worst of Times Bring Out the Best in Us?

9 essential lessons COVID-19 can teach

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