Kris received a BA in Sociology and Communications from Stanford. Fascinated by the ability of the mind-body mechanism, the study of people, and optimal performance he joined the lab to investigate and learn more. He is involved in a variety of organizations focused on researching, developing and empowering individuals by utilizing the power of the mind-body to enhance health, well-being, and performance. Outside of the lab, you might find Kris teaching Yoga, reflecting on the self, or playing League of Legends.
Erik received a BA in Economics from Yale University, where he formed the discussion group The Examined Life and developed a love for deep introspection. After working in the world of management consulting for two years at Bain & Co, Erik was excited to try his hand at mindset research and application as the inaugural MBL lab manager. Erik is especially interested in understanding how to harness the power of beliefs to improve our everyday experiences and physiology. In his free time, Erik enjoys reading science fiction and tech blogs, staying in touch with long-distance friends, exercising on the elliptical machine, and eating cookies.
Octavia is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior studying activity adequacy mindsets
– people’s mindsets that their level of physical activity is adequate or inadequate, and thus beneficial or harmful to their health. Her research investigates how public health guidelines, social comparison with peers, and wearable fitness technologies shape these mindsets. Octavia holds a BA in European Social and Political Studies from University College London. In her free time, Octavia enjoys music, dancing, dabbling with art, exploring national parks and other new places. You can learn more about Octavia at her website: www.octaviazahrt.com
Sean started his PhD in Social Psychology at Stanford in the fall of 2016. He is interested in how patients’ mindsets, beliefs, and expectations impact physical health, treatment outcomes, and well being. His current work focuses on understanding how mindsets about illness function in patients with chronic illness. Prior to joining MBL, Sean received a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in Psychology from Boston University. He also spent two years working in clinical research at Harvard Medical School and teaching undergraduate psychology classes at BU. When he’s not in the lab, Sean enjoys traveling, kayaking, listening to audiobooks, and exploring California with his Australian Shepherd, Tucker.
HONORS THESIS STUDENTS
2019 - 2020
Kathryn is a senior B.S. candidate in Human Biology who has been a research assistant in the lab since her sophomore year. She is interested in social determinants of health, particularly in the domain of dietary health. Kathryn is currently working on her honors thesis, which aims to quantify the nutritional content of foods and beverages depicted in celebrity Instagram posts. Outside of the lab, you can find her playing for Stanford’s varsity beach volleyball team, hiking, and volunteering with the Special Olympics.
Michelle is a senior majoring in Psychology who has been a research assistant in the lab since her freshman year. Building upon a project she did last summer hosting community discussion spaces about death all across the U.S., she is now working on her honors thesis to understand the mindsets people have about death. She is particularly interested in expanding beyond Western narratives of death anxiety to incorporate the fuller spectrum of how death is viewed. Beyond the lab, Michelle organizes an art project with incarcerated artists, volunteers at a crisis hotline, and designs zines.
Shannon is a senior B.S. candidate in Human Biology at Stanford. Starting as a research assistant in the Mind & Body Lab her freshman year, she was interested in how mindsets could shape physiological health outcomes. Now, Shannon is working on her honors thesis, which aims to understand the mindsets patients and physicians hold about pain and the body in the Emergency Department (ED). When she isn't in the lab, you'll likely find Shannon on the sand, playing for Stanford's varsity beach volleyball team. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and volunteering in the ED at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
LAUREN HOWE (2017 - 2018) - Assistant Professor at University of Zurich
ERIC SMITH (2014 - 2020) - Postdoc at University of Texas at Austin
BRAD TURNWALD (2014 - 2019) - Postdoc at Stanford University
LAUREN HOWE (2014 - 2017) - Assistant Professor at University of Zurich
ERIK SANTORO (2014 - 2017)
ISAAC HANDLEY-MINER (2017 - 2020)
RINA HORII (2018 - 2020)
KRIS EVANS (2016 - 2020)
MAGGIE PERRY (2016 - 2019)
EMERSON HARDEBECK (2015 - 2018)
DANIELLE BOLES (2015 - 2017)
RACHEL HANEY (2015 - 2016)
Honors Thesis Students
MATTHEW BERNSTEIN (2018 - 2019)
ANGELA LEE (2018 - 2019)
TAYLOR DUARTE (2017 - 2018)
STEVE RATHJE (2017 - 2018)
RINA HORII (2017 - 2018)
PAST LAB PHOTOS
2018 LAB PHOTO
2017 LAB PHOTO
2016 LAB PHOTO
2015 lab photo