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Dr. Alia Crum received her PhD from Yale University and BA degree from Harvard University.  Her research focuses broadly on how changes in subjective mindsets—the lenses through which information is perceived, organized, and interpreted—can alter objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms.  To date, her research has won several awards including the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award and attention in several popular media including the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and in The New York Times Magazine’s 2007 “Year in Ideas.” In addition to her academic research and teaching, Dr. Crum has worked as a clinical psychologist for the VA healthcare system and as an organizational trainer and consultant, creating, delivering, and evaluating workshops on mindset change and stress management for organizations including UBS, Colgate Palmolive and the United States Navy.   In her spare time she enjoys putting her theories to the test while training and racing triathlon with her husband, Ryan Johnson. 




Isaac graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Economics. He joined the Mind & Body Lab after working in advertising and conducting research on social and emotional learning for a nonprofit devoted to positive youth development. Isaac is particularly interested in the explanations people generate to make sense of changes in their health. In his spare time, Isaac plays ultimate frisbee, goes for hikes, and daydreams about being a landscape photographer.




Parker Goyer is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford. In addition to Alia Crum, she also works with Greg Walton and Geoff Cohen, and with Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania. She has considerable experience in survey design and in multilevel cross-sectional and longitudinal modeling, having studied under a renowned statistics expert, John Willett, at Harvard, where she received her doctorate in 2014. From 2009-2011 she was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where she received an MSc in Comparative and International Education and an MBA. In 2007 she founded a program called Coach for College which uses sports-learning service camps run by U.S. college athletes in conjunction with Vietnamese college students, to improve educational outcomes for rural adolescents in Vietnam. To date, the program has served more than 4000 youth and 350 U.S. college athletes from 39 universities. In addition to serving as the program's director, she led a randomized trial of the program, involving more than 700 students in each of two provinces of Vietnam. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Duke University in 2007, where she was also a member of the women's tennis team.


Lauren earned her PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford in 2017. Her research interests include trust in experts, particularly healthcare providers and scientists, and concerns about belonging and rejection. Lauren received her BA in Psychology and German Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, and subsequently spent a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany. Her love of teaching continued at Stanford, where she served as a teaching assistant for numerous courses and earned a Graduate Teaching Award. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors and participating in book clubs. You can learn more about Lauren at her website:


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Danielle received her BA in Psychology and Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on improving mindsets about diet and health, enhancing the experience of healthy eating, and measuring the power of such mindsets and experiences to influence behavior and physiology. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys learning oldies songs on the guitar and ukulele, working on 1000+ piece puzzles, and indulging in green smoothies, fried chicken, and donuts.


Kari began her PhD in Social Psychology in 2015, and her research seeks to understand and optimize psychological and social forces in healthcare, with an emphasis on the doctor-patient relationship. Kari received her BA from Emory University in 2012 and served as the the Program Coordinator for the Emory-Tibet Partnership from 2012-2014. In this role she coordinated the visit of the Dalai Lama to Emory in 2013. Kari also spent a year as a U.S.-Norway Fulbright scholar studying wintertime mindset above the Arctic Circle in Tromsø, Norway. Her writing has been featured in The Conversation and The Atlantic. When she’s not in her office, you can find Kari in the pottery studio, reading fiction, or tending to her houseplants.


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.


Eric is a PhD student in Social Psychology.  His interests focus on how people respond to challenge, uncertainty, and failure, particularly in an academic setting.  After receiving his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Psychology and Biology, he helped develop educational interventions at PERTS with Dave Paunesku and Carissa Romero, and managed an emotion regulation intervention under the direction of James Gross. Eric is passionate about promoting ethical research practices and responsible applications of psychological insights. Outside of his research interests, Eric's recent accomplishments include designing a website, building a Death Star out of Legos, and filing his taxes on time.


Trained as a biologist at Ohio Wesleyan University, Brad has done research on everything from yeast to nematodes to human cells, and even spent a summer being way too curious about protein expression patterns in human diarrhea.  He eventually decided that humans were the most interesting creature and is now a second year PhD student in the Social Psychology Department at Stanford. Brad is especially interested in understanding how mindsets can affect physiological outcomes and health-related behaviors. Outside of lab, Brad can usually be found trail running in the beautiful Bay Area, playing the pipe organ, cooking (almost exclusively curry these days), playing some volleyball with friends, and camping.


Octavia is a PhD student in Organizational Behavior. She is interested in understanding how social and environmental influences affect people’s health mindsets, behaviors, and outcomes. Her current research investigates these questions in the contexts of social comparison with peers, wearable fitness technologies, and workplace health programs. Octavia holds a BA in European Social and Political Studies from University College London. In her free time, Octavia enjoys singing in the Stanford choir, exploring national parks and other new places, and playing board games with friends.


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.



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.



Rina received her BA in Psychology from Stanford in 2018. Her honors thesis with the Mind and Body Lab tested an intervention to change mindsets about healthy eating. As a Research Coordinator, Rina hopes to continue learning how to harness mindsets and other psychological forces to improve health and well-being. In her spare time, Rina enjoys sketching, reading cookbooks, and learning how to propagate plants.


Maggie received a BS in Marketing with Psychology support from Clemson University in 2013. After working in various marketing roles, she decided to pursue her passion for psychology full time. Her interests include exploring the various ways in which mindsets can change behaviors in an effort to empower individuals to thrive. Outside of the lab, you can find her playing with puppies, eating sushi, and listening to true crime podcasts.



2017 - 2018


Taylor is a senior at Stanford majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing. After taking Introduction to Social Psychology with Professor Crum, she became immensely interested in the work of the Mind & Body Lab and how our mindsets can influence healthy fitness behaviors. She is currently working on an honors thesis with Dr. Crum and PhD student Brad Turnwald to test the effectiveness of a process mindset intervention on one's adherence to a fitness-related goal. When she's not researching mindsets about exercise, you can find Taylor in the gym, volunteering at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, reading poetry in the sun, or wishing she could be on the beach in her native South Florida


Rina is an undergraduate student at Stanford and after taking a class with Professor Crum, jumped at the opportunity to learn more about different health beliefs and mindsets. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to continue to learn more about the power of mindsets and the ability of the mind to influence the body. When not busy with schoolwork or the lab, Rina is most likely upside down and underwater, training with Stanford’s synchronized swimming team.


Steve Rathje is a rising Senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Symbolic Systems. Steve has been a research assistant with the Mind & Body Lab since the lab first started during his Freshman year. He has worked on a number of projects in the lab, and is currently working on his honors thesis with Professor Crum and Erik Santoro, which examines how certain metaphors of the mind and body influence our mindsets, reasoning, and behavior. When he's not researching metaphors in the lab, you can find Steve writing metaphors for his plays and short stories, volunteering at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, seeing theatre, or organizing an annual playwriting festival he started in his hometown of Portland, OR. 




Shannon is a rising junior and a B.S. candidate in Human Biology at Stanford University. She joined the Mind & Body Lab as a research assistant her freshman year because she wanted to explore her interest in how a mindset could shape physiological health outcomes. 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 Emergency Department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.


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