Program Affiliates

Harvard Faculty Affiliates

 

Michael Balboni Michael Balboni, Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div, is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a palliative care researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  He holds a Ph.D. in theology from Boston University and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health and at Harvard Divinity School.  His work focuses on the incorporation of religious variables within social-scientific measurements and ways in which scientific data informs theology. Together with Dr. John Peteet, he recently edited Spirituality and Religion Within the Culture of Medicine, an exploration of the role that religion and spirituality play in various medical fields. He is currently writing a manuscript, co-authored with Tracy Balboni, entitledHostility to Hospitality, to be published with Oxford University Press in 2017.  The book explores the manifestations of spirituality and religion within the socialization processes and institutional structures experienced by medical professionals. Michael has recently completed a large research project on how clergy views on end-of-life care impact medical utilization and patient outcomes.
Arthur Brooks Arthur C. Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellers “Love Your Enemies” (2019), “The Conservative Heart” (2015), and “The Road to Freedom” (2012). Prior to AEI, Brooks spent 10 years as a university professor, becoming a full professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and occupying the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government. During that time, Brooks published 60 peer-reviewed articles and several books, including the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008). Brooks is a columnist for the Washington Post, host of the podcast The Arthur Brooks Show, and subject of the 2019 documentary film “The Pursuit.” He gives more than 100 speeches per year around the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and serves on the board of the Legatum Institute, a think tank in London.
Laura Kubzansky Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D. is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Society and Health Laboratory at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also serves as co-Director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness and as co-Director of the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program. Dr. Kubzansky received her Ph.D. (social psychology) from the University of Michigan, and completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in social epidemiology as well as obtained her M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kubzansky has published extensively on the role of psychological and social factors in health, with a particular focus on the effects of stress and emotion on heart disease. Other research projects and interests include a) studying the biological mechanisms linking emotions, social relationships, and health; b) relationships between early childhood environments, resilience, and healthy aging, and; c) how interactions between psychosocial stress and environmental exposures (e.g., lead, air pollution) may influence health.
Eileen McNeely Eileen McNeely, Ph.D., NP is Co-Director of the SHINE initiative within the Environmental Health department.  As part of SHINE, Eileen and her team connect business leadership with pioneering research to advance corporate sustainability with a focus on worker well-being.  Using applied academic research, SHINE guides corporate responsibility, sustainability and well-being practices across the globe. Eileen has extensive experience in the areas of environmental epidemiology, occupational and community health, health promotion and wellness programs, health services policy and management.  Her research is currently focused on work as a platform to improve well-being, putting people and health at the center of corporate sustainability and business culture.  Using a rigorous and applied academic approach she aims to shine a light on worker health and well-being in the business context, and engages companies to understand the impact of workplace culture and practices on well-being. Her research is driven by combining mental, physical and psychosocial well-being metrics with business metrics such as retention, absenteeism, productivity, and performance to guide businesses to better understand the impact of the workplace culture on health.   Eileen’s work with companies aims to redesign how business integrates well-being from a ever-changing programmatic style to an integrated systems approach.
Matthew Potts Matthew Potts, Ph.D. is a member of the Harvard Divinity School. He studies the thought and practice of contemporary Christian communities through attention to diverse literary, theological, and liturgical texts. In particular, he seeks to analyze and interpret Christian ethical and sacramental practices while employing the resources of literature, literary theory, and Christian theology. His first book, Cormac McCarthy and the Signs of Sacrament: Literature, Theology, and the Moral of Stories (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) uncovers in contemporary fiction a moral framework that is deeply indebted to traditions of Christian sacramental theology. His current book project examines the problems and possibilities of forgiveness through diverse and interdisciplinary readings of theory, theology, and literature. Other interests include theories of narrative, contemporary Anglican theology, postcolonial Christianity (especially in Japan), homiletics, and sacramental and liturgical theology.
Ashley Whillans Ashley Whillans, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, teaching the Negotiations course to MBA students. Broadly, she studies how people navigate trade-offs between time and money. Her ongoing research investigates whether and how intangible incentives, such as experiential and time-saving rewards, affect employee motivation and well-being. In both 2015 and 2018, she was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science by the International Behavioral Exchange and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. In 2016, she co-founded the Department of Behavioral Science in the Policy, Innovation, and Engagement Division of the British Columbia Public Service. Her research has been published in numerous academic journals and popular media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

 

Visiting Program Faculty (Past & Present)

 

Robert Gahl Robert Gahl, Ph.D., is a visiting faculty fellow on leave from his post as Associate Professor of Ethics in the School of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) in Rome. He is the Vice Director of the Markets, Culture, and Ethics (MCE) Research Centre and of the Program of Church Management. Dr. Gahl completed his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, worked in Silicon Valley, completed his doctorate in philosophy at Santa Croce, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame. Much of his recent research has focused on classical virtue theory, the narrative unity of life, and their complementarity with cognitive psychology. His current research focuses on moderation, self-mastery, and sexuality within human flourishing.
Sharon Krishek Sharon Krishek, Ph.D., is a visiting faculty fellow on leave from her post as a lecturer at the Philosophy Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include issues in the philosophy of religion, existentialism, and ethics. She specializes in the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard and is currently working on a book that examines his view of the nature of love, and its role within the good life. The book also aims to develop an independent model of love, that indeed builds on Kierkegaard’s insights but is not necessarily committed to his views (as it argues that romantic love is more fully compatible with the good life than he allows). The model offers an account of romantic love that is compatible with pivotal religious and moral concerns without compromising its central role in human life. 
Bill English Bill English is an assistant professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Previously, he served as the research director of the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, where he pursued empirical and normative investigations of "institutional corruption." Bill was also an associate with the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, where his research examined new educational technologies, the value of humanistic learning, and questions about civic education and the public role of universities. Uniting his diverse research interests are basic questions concerning how people develop ethical convictions and how these convictions shape behavior in the context of various material and informational constraints. As part of his collaboration with the Program on Integrative Knowledge, Bill is writing a book that examines the history of methodological debates in the social sciences, arguing that insights from the humanities can help certain research programs become more useful. Along with other PIK researchers, he is also working on discrete empirical investigations of job crafting, fairness norms, and approaches to education.

 

Other Faculty Affiliates

 

Eric Kim Eric S. Kim, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (and will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Fall of 2020). He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, where he also trained in statistics. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kim’s research encompasses four areas. First, he investigates several facets of psychological well-being (e.g., purpose in life, optimism) and how these facets influence age-related health outcomes. Second, he studies the behavioral, biological, and neural mechanisms underlying the psychological well-being-health association. Third, he investigates how psychological well-being interacts with the surrounding environment to influence behavioral and physical health outcomes; for example, at the meso-level (e.g., dyadic psychological dynamics in couples, neighborhood contexts, religion/spirituality, altruism/volunteering) and the macro-level (e.g., social cohesion). Fourth, he partners with non-profit and healthcare companies to conduct translational research projects.
Maya Mathur Maya Mathur, Ph.D. is an Instructor at the Stanford University Quantitative Sciences Unit. Her statistical research develops methods for sensitivity analysis and for evidence synthesis, particularly meta-analysis. Her substantive research focuses on behavior and health and the experimental cognitive sciences. Maya completed her Ph.D. in Biostatistics at Harvard, her M.S. in Statistics, and she has a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford. 
Lawrence Mayer Lawrence S. Mayer, M.D., Ph.D. is a research physician, epidemiologist and biostatistician. After having served as a tenured (and untenured) professor at major universities for almost four decades, he is now focusing on being an independent scholar and researcher. His professorial (and research) appointments were at Arizona State University, Johns Hopkins University, The Ohio State University, The Mayo Clinic, Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia Tech. His medical degree was obtained in London (Guy’s) and his subsequent Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics was obtained at The Ohio State University. His current research focuses on the integration of the quantitative methods of the social science with more classical biostatistical and epidemiological methods. The integration will be applied to data on human flourishing such as the impact of retirement on the worker and the family.
Celeste Torio Celeste Torio, Ph.D., M.P.H. is currently the Director for the Division of Priority Populations in the Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Population (OEREP) at the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ). She also serves as a Lecturer in the Department of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America (CUA). Her research interests focus on the impact of social determinants of health so as to better understand the causes and determinants of human flourishing within the context of healthcare services, and on physical and mental well-being. She received a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health, and a PhD in Health, Behavior and Society from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Ev Worthington Everett Worthington, Ph.D., is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus working from the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He continues to be active in research and speaking around the world. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 38 books and over 440 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, humility positive psychology, marriage, and family topics and religion and spirituality. He also has developed the REACH Forgiveness model (see www.EvWorthington-forgiveness.com) and other positive psychological interventions.

 

Research Affiliates

 

Dorota Dorota Węziak-Białowolska, Ph.D., received her master degree in applied statistics (2003), her doctoral degree is in economics (2008) and post-doctoral degree (habilitation) in sociology (2016). Before joining the Harvard, Dorota worked for 5 years for the European Commission Joint Research Centre, first as post-doctoral researcher and then as research fellow. She was responsible for constructing and evaluation of composite indicators in the areas of poverty, well-being, social capital, social justice, rule of law, work and family reconciliation, cultural and creative industries and environmental protection. Her research interests are in methodology including psychometrics, measurement invariance, composite scales and indicators as well as impact evaluation. Her focus is also on applied well-being and health where she works to improve our understanding of well-being metrics. She is involved in constructing composite scales measuring components of well-being and impact evaluation of occupational well-being on business performance. She also investigates impact of participation in cultural and creative activities on well-being.
Johann M D’Souza
 
Johann M D’Souza, M.A., received his masters in psychology from Boston University where he studied cognitive behavioral therapy in Stefan Hofmann’s social anxiety lab. His abiding interest in mindfulness led him to investigate acceptance and commitment therapy with Kevin Majeres at Harvard Medical School, conducting a literature review for an online resource to help individuals overcome cravings, reduce anxiety, and maximize flow. He recently received a presidential fellowship to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and minor in statistical methods at University of Houston. There he will investigate the role of mindfulness, exposure, and hope in treatments for adult anxiety disorders. At the Program on Integrative Knowledge, he is interested in projects that use the Thomistic-Aristotelian understanding of virtue and mind to inform contemporary positive psychology.
Donald Frederick, Ph.D., worked as a post-doctoral fellow for the Human Flourishing Program under the supervision of Professor VanderWeele for two years during 2016 and 2017 on projects concerning the social science of work. His current research continues on the subject of work, with a focus on how its relates to (i.e., promotes or hinders) human flourishing with particular attention to the areas of happiness, well-being, virtue and character, health, and relationships. He also has research interests on the intersection of social science knowledge and technology. Prior to his time at Harvard, Donald completed his PhD at The University of Chicago in psychology in 2014. His research focus was on cognition and behavioral neuroscience. His dissertation focused on the decision-making and local field potentials of rats performing odor discrimination tasks. While at Chicago, he also took master degrees in computer science and divinity (from the Divinity School). Following his PhD work, he spent a year as a co-founder of a start-up in San Francisco.The central role of work and its effects on our lives is a topic that he became interested in while in San Francisco.
Esther Salvador Esther Galdón, M.A., holds a degree in Industrial Technical Engineering and received her masters in project management from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) where she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Her main interests are Science and Technology as key parts of human development. Her abiding interest in the humanistic dimension of the organizations led her to conduct a research focused on organizational ethical culture and the role of ethics in developing human flourishing. Since 2017 she is a research member of the IECO (Institute for ethics in communication and organizations). She was also visiting Scholar at Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, at Bentley University in 2018 and at the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard.
Blake Kent Blake Victor Kent, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities, where he is engaged in projects studying religion, spirituality, and mental and physical well-being. His dissertation, Accelerated and Micro-Longitudinal Approaches to Understanding Depressive Symptoms and Human Flourishing, explores the associations between adolescent social environment, religion/spirituality (R/S), and mental well-being. His primary areas of interest include mental health, attachment theory, quantitative methods, and R/S. His research has been published in journals such as Health Psychology, Research on Aging, Journal of Social Psychology, and Journal of Aging and Health. Blake completed a PhD in Sociology at Baylor University in 2018. He also has a graduate degree in theological studies (MA, Regent College, 2010).
Daniel Lage Daniel E. Lage, M.D., is a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, an MSc/MBA at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and an AB/AM in the History of Science at Harvard College. His clinical and research interests are in improving the care of older adults with serious illness. His recent research combines patient-reported outcomes as well as health services research methods to study burdensome transitions of care for older adults with advanced cancer. At the Program on Integrative Knowledge, Daniel is convening a working group on suffering and serious illness, with the goal of integrating evidence from the humanities and empirical sciences on providing high quality, ethical care for patients at the end of life.
Katelyn Long Katelyn Long, DrPH, MSc, is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The Human Flourishing Program where she works under the supervision of Professor VanderWeele. Her current work focuses on the group dynamics of religion on human flourishing and the development of tradition-specific spiritual well-being measures. She completed her doctoral studies at Boston University School of Public Health where her dissertation focused on the role of faith-based and charitable health providers in the health systems. Her other public health work has been in the areas of chronic disease prevention, adolescent health, mental health, and positive deviance in vulnerable communities. She earned her Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Utah and her undergraduate degree in religion with a minor in music from Vanguard University.