Dr. Kristen Lee

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, she/they, known as “Dr. Kris”, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science clinician, researcher, educator, speaker, comedian, 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. Dr. Kris works with organizations and leaders around the world on how to use the science of behavioral change and human potential to build healthy mental health cultures that help prevent burnout and promote organizational and human sustainability. She is the author of RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress, Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book of 2015, best-selling Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking-Learn What it Takes to be More Agile, Mindful and Connected in Today’s World, and Worth the Risk: How to Microdose Bravery to Grow Resilience, Connect More, and Offer Yourself to the World. Dr. Kris is the host of Crackin’ Up: Where Therapy Meets Comedy. She is a regular contributor for Psychology Today and Thrive Global. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR, Ted, Forbes, Fast Company, and CBS radio. Her TedX talk, The Risk You Must Take, has over 313 K views.


Reimagining Resilience: Micro-strategies to help you stay agile, mindful, and connected

In 2019, even pre-pandemic, the World Health Organization recategorized burnout as an occupational risk, citing the modern work place as erosive towards well-being. Given the perils within this “Age of Anxiety”, resilience can seem elusive, and out of reach. Yet, discoveries in modern brain science reveal that resilience happens by implementing micro-strategies: small steps that allow us to intentionally leverage protective factors to help us stay and do well.

In this eye-opening keynote, Dr. Kristen Lee, author of Worth the Risk: How to Microdose Bravery to Grow Resilience, Connect More, and Offer Yourself to the World, and award-winning educator, human resilience researcher, clinician and mental health activist-provides evidence-based strategies to help foster the mindsets, habits, and behaviors to reimagine resilience and leverage your sphere of influence to create cultures of well-being, psychological safety, and collective efficacy.

Themes include:

  • Ways the global mental health crisis impacts today’s work environment
  • Common myths of resilience and burnout that hinder individuals and organizations
  • How to avoid common behavioral traps and blind spots that limit human flourishing and fan the flames of burnout and demoralization
  • How modern brain science can help us adopt mindsets, habits, and behaviors to cultivate positive behavioral change towards individual and collective well-being
  • Building trust, psychological safety, and collective efficacy in relationships
  • The vital role of micro-strategies and science-based practices to protect and foster mental health