-Dr. Kristen Lee



Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris” is an award- winning author, clinician, researcher, educator, comedian, speaker, and activist with over twenty years of experience. As lead faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University in Boston, her research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She is the author of Indie Book Award’s 2015 Motivational Book of the Year, Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress best-selling Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking, and the upcoming Worth the Risk. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on Ted, NPR, Fast Company, and CPS 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.


Adopting a Healthy Mental Health Culture: Cultivating Resilience Within Today’s Complex Educational

The global and campus mental health crisis is bearing down on educators, leaders, and students alike. Today’s times call for innovative strategies to respond to a wide range of learners during stressful, traumatic times. Institutions can seize opportunities to support students to cultivate resilience that helps sustain them in their academic, professional, and personal pursuits. The science of human flourishing reveals that aligning values with behavior can lead to better individual and collective outcomes. This keynote provides a “double dip” toolbox of interactive, practical, evidence-based strategies to cultivate resilience and a build a culture of connection and positive impact.

Building Psychological Safety at Work

In the era of global mental health crisis, institutions, companies, and organizations are grappling with how to tend to the human needs and hand, while meeting outcomes and demands. Learn to apply principles of behavioral science to create a high-trust culture that inspires leaders and their employees to thrive and build resilience in today’s intensive landscape.

Burnout Prevention and Retention Strategies During Crisis and The Great Resignation

In this Age of Burnout and The Great Resignation, leaders and employees need tangible ways to optimize work environments that foster resilience, camaraderie, psychological safety, and trust. Learn evidence-based habits, mindsets, and practices to help create organizational cultures that strive to protect against the risk of burnout, exhaustion, and overstimulation, while optimizing talent, strengths, and resources for individual and collective well-being.

The Science of Mindfulness

Within this “Age of Anxiety”, the pressure to hyper-perform and jump through endless hoops is taking its toll. Mindfulness has surged in popularity, but what exactly does it offer? Beyond the hype, learn how to apply the science of mindfulness to reduce anxiety to stay well and do well. From coping with the pandemic, to overcoming technology overload, to dismantling perfectionism and deficit thinking, this interactive session offers practical strategies to help you relieve stress, and develop mindsets and habits that help you build agility and resilience at work, school, home and beyond.

Crackin’ Up with Dr. Kris: Where Therapy Meets Comedy

If laughter is the medicine, let Dr. Kris and special guest comedians bring a one-of-a-kind therapy session meets comedy show experience to your organization. Build community, team work, and spread some cheer at a time where we need joy, not fear, germs, or frustrations to be contagious.



“Simply phenomenal—passionate, practical, interactive, relatable…she has the ability to connect with the audience and touch each person individually, and she is empowering, intelligent and persuasive—I can envision her as a role model for many…”-

– Harvard Mental Health and Education participant

“Dr. Kris is an engaging, interesting speaker who did a great job combining informative “lecture” on the psychology of stress and self-care, with interactive discussion…I walked away with concrete strategies I can use to manage my stress and sustainability in my work…”

– Harvard Kennedy School participant

“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

“RESET is informative, practical, and reader friendly. Anyone wanting to lead a more resilient life will benefit from Dr. Kris’s strategies, sense of humor, and sage advice…”

– Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School faculty


Dr. Kris’ talks are uniquely customized to the audience and tailored to suit your organization’s needs.