Dr. Kristen Lee

Active Minds Speaker

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, EdD, LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris” is a recovering perfectionist, proud mother and an internationally-recognized award- winning author, clinician, researcher, educator, speaker and activist with over twenty years of experience.

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As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science and Faculty in Residence at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, 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 the Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Psychology Today. Her work has been featured on NPR and CBS radio.

Dr. Kris is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker known for her advocacy in promoting increased mental health prevention and 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 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”.

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, faculty/educators, health and mental health professionals, business leaders and general audiences. Some of the venues she speaks at include Harvard University, Ted X, Virgin Pulse, and Johnson & Johnson. Her knowledge relates not only to her professional expertise, but her lived experience with perfectionism, depression, and anxiety. 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. 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.

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Key topics

  • Faculty/Staff trainings
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Mindfulness
  • Resilience
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-Care
  • Behavioral Change
  • Self-Compassion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress Management
  • Workplace Mental Health

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Dr. Kris

In this “Age of Anxiety” and era of campus and global mental health crisis, faculty increasingly require skills that allow them to effectively respond to student needs that go beyond traditional academic content support. This session provides a “double-dip” toolbox of practical, evidence-based strategies to inspire faculty and students to thrive and cultivate resilience in today’s intensive landscape.

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

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Travel information

Dr. Kris travels from Boston


Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking–Learn What It Takes to be More Agile, Mindful, and Connected in Today’s World

RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress: Your 24-7 Plan for Well-Being

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