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.
Melissa is a Ph.D. candidate in Bioengineering. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Akron. Her work bridges the fields of biomechanics and psychology to understand not just how we move, but how we think about movement and our motivation for being physically active. Her current research focuses on improving the mindsets of people with osteoarthritis to be more beneficial for their health, wellbeing, and mobility. She enjoys living an active lifestyle - through running, hiking, yoga, and volleyball - hosting her podcast (Biomechanics On Our Minds), reading, and traveling.
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.
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. You can read more about Kari's work on her personal website: www.karileibowitz.com
Kengthsagn received her BA in Psychology from Skidmore College with a minor in Business. Her research broadly focuses on how different health mindsets and cultures impact people's health behaviors and physiology. Kengthsagn spends her spare time watching documentaries, dreaming about Caribbean cuisine, dancing, and now learning to draw.
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.
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
2020 - 2021
Eliza is a senior majoring in English who has been a research assistant in the lab since her freshman year at Stanford. She is interested in the intersection between narrative and medicine, so for her honors thesis she is analyzing how primary care teams speak about mindsets, trust, and the patient-provider relationship. Outside of the lab, you can find Eliza running laps around campus, reading too many novels, and hiking through California with her friends.
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
OCTAVIA ZAHRT (2015-2020) - Human Resources Analytics at European Central Bank
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