“Lee’s fusion of neuroscience and humanity is compelling and timely… a bold blend of science, story, humor, and wisdom that helps us reimagine fear and embody courage, creativity, and positive contribution…A must-read for anyone wanting to shine brighter without burning out.”

– Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., Host of The Psychology Podcast 

“With great candor, spirit, and expertise, Dr. Kris shows us that small acts of courage aren’t small at all.”

– Agapi Stassinopoulos Author of Wake Up to the Joy of You

“Dr. Kris Lee has written a truly remarkable book about bravery, connections, and resilience. While these themes have always been of importance, they have assumed even greater urgency in a world in which the ramifications of COVID have intensified anxiety, depression, uncertainty, and loneliness. Kris not only shares with the reader thoughts about the significance of courage and resilience, but very importantly, she describes realistic “microdoses” we can initiate to realize our value-driven dreams and goals…”

– Robert Brooks, Ph.D., part-time Faculty, Harvard Medical School/Coauthor, The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life

“Every chapter is a therapy session that teaches in elegant but easily understandable language several logical but pragmatic strategies to increase your resilience. And once you start reading this book, you can’t put it down…”

-Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Former President American Psychiatric Association   



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Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris”, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science clinician, researcher, educator, speaker, and comedian 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: Learn to Microdose Bravery to Grow Resilience, Connect More, and Offer Yourself to the World, a 2022 Next Big Idea Book Club nominee and Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal Winner. She is the host of Crackin’ Up: Where Therapy Meets Comedy and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and Thrive Global. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured at Harvard and on NPR, Fast Company, Forbes, and CBS radio. In 2022, she received a First Place MVP award from EdTech for her work on addressing mental health challenges in higher education. In 2023, she was awarded an honorary doctorate for her work in mitigating the global and campus crises. Her TedX talk, The Risk You Must Take (422K views)  is featured on Ted. In her spare time, she can be found out on the running trails, attempting tricky yoga poses, eating peanut butter cups and drinking kale juice—but not all at once. Connect with her at www.kristenlee.com or @TheRealDrKris (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat).




See why Dr. Kris is invited around the world to deliver high impact talks that inspire change

Dr. Kris awarded Ed Tech #1 MVP award for her work on mental health

Dr Kris awarded Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters for her work on mitigating the global mental health crisis

NPR Interviews

NPR Interview: Burnout.
August 20

NPR: Five Tips for Coping with College Stress. Interview. October 29

NPR: Anxiety as Frenemy-the Good and the Bad of Dreadful Stress. Interview. August 5

NPR Kansas City: Kansas College Students Can Ace Tests, But They Need Help

“Adulting.” Interview. November 11


Tackling the Higher Ed Mental Health Challenge

Of all the issues higher education dealt with during and coming out of a global pandemic, mental health is one of the most pressing and serious ones. It will also have one of the longest lasting impacts.

From staff burnout to sky high levels of anxiety for everyone at the institution, the looming question for many in higher ed is “how do we help?”


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