Dr. Kristen Lee

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Lead Faculty, Behavioral Science - Northeastern University


Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris,” is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, and author from Boston, Massachusetts.


As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science 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 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. She is a regular contributor for Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR and CBS radio.


Dr. Kris’s 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. Her knowledge relates not only to her professional expertise, but several key life experiences: her personal battle with perfectionism, depression, and anxiety while working in high demand roles and parenting her two children, now ages 22 and 19. Because of her unique lens and her down-to-earth style, she is a sought-after speaker known for her humor, positive presence, and intellectual savvy.


For the past decade, Dr. Kris has served in varied leadership and teaching roles in higher education, working with working professionals, and non-traditional students at the doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate levels to recognize the power of becoming lifelong learners and agents of change. She frequently visits and consults with campuses and educational institutions to support cultivation of resilience amongst students, faculty, staff, and administrators. To learn more visit www.KristenLee.com or connect on social media via @TheRealDrKris.

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