Dr. Kristen Lee

Active Minds Speaker

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Dr. Kristen Lee is a professional mental health speaker from Active Minds. Her story gives hope a voice.

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About Dr. Kris

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris”, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science clinician, researcher, educator, speaker, comedian, and 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.

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Dr. Kris 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, a 2022 The Next Big Idea Book Club nominee and Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal Winner. 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.

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 Ted X talk, The Risk You Must Take has over 427K views. In 2022, she received a First Place MVP award from EdTech for her work with Pathify and Active Minds on addressing mental health challenges in higher education 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, Snapchat, American Chemical Society, 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 2023, she was honored an honorary doctorate and 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”. To learn more, visit www.kristenlee.com or connect on social media via @TheRealDrKris.

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Key topics

  • Burnout Prevention and Intervention
  • Corporate Training/Workplace Mental Health
  • Faculty/staff Burnout Prevention/Mental Health Skills
  • Individual and Organizational Resilience
  • Individual and Organizational Behavioral Change
  • Building Healthy Mental Health Cultures
  • Mitigating Anxiety
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Applying Brain Science and Evidence-Based Strategies for Organizational and
    Individual Improvement
  • Using Humor and Comedy to Cultivate Camaderie and Resilience
  • Perfectionism and Social Comparison
  • Self-Care and Effective Behavioral Change


Dr. Kris's Presentation Options

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 positive culture that inspires constituents to thrive and build resilience in today’s intensive landscape. Based on Worth the Risk.

Dr. Kris offers virtual versions of her presentations and workshops.

Mindfulness in Today’s Changing World

Cultivating Resilience Within Today’s Global Mental Health Crisis

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.

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. 

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.


Travel information

Dr. Kris travels from Boston.



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