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Dr. Kristen Lee      

Award-Winning Behavioral Science Expert & Clinician; Author of "RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress"

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris”, is recovering perfectionist, proud mother, and an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science clinician, researcher educator, speaker, and activist from Boston, Massachusetts. As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science and Faculty-in-Residence at Northeastern University, Dr. Kris’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She 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. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR and CBS radio. She is the host of Crackin’ Up: Where Therapy Meets Comedy. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR, Ted 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, Harvard Medical School, Nationwide, Ted X, Virgin Pulse and Johnson and Johnson.

Dr. Kris is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker known for her advocacy in promoting increased mental health integration in social policies and institutions to facilitate access and improved health outcomes in the U.S. and across the globe. She has served at as a U.S. federal grant reviewer for the Departments of Minority Affairs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and Health and Human Services. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. She holds a BS from Worcester State University, MSW from Boston University and an Ed.D. from Northeastern University. In 2011, Dr. Kris was the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award from Northeastern University for her “depth of knowledge” and “engaging teaching style”. In 2015, she was honored with the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from Worcester State University as “a leader who lives by the highest intellectual and ethical standards”. In additional to her professional expertise, Dr. Kris walks her talk as a person with a lived experience with anxiety and depression.

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.

20 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health

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

Staying active important for kids stuck home during COVID-19 crisis

Kristen Lee, a professor at Northeastern University who specializes in behavioral sciences, said physical health is essential to staying balanced and productive.

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