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, entitled Hostility 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. 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. 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.  
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.


Other Faculty Affiliates


Manuel Guillen

Manuel Guillén, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Management, Organizational Behaviour and Professional Ethics at the University of Valencia in Spain, and specializes in the area of leadership and trust in organizations. He is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Ethics in Communication and in Organizations (IECO), and Director of the IECO-UV Chair of Business Ethics. For eight years, he has been the General Secretary of the Spanish branch of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN-Spain). Co-Founder of the International Humanistic Management Association Center Consortium. Author of the book, Motivation in Organisations: Searching for a Meaningful Work-Life Balance (Routledge, 2021). Manuel is Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute (AAI). He has been Visiting Scholar at IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), St. Thomas University (Minnesota), Notre Dame University (Indiana) and Bentley University (Massachusetts). He is a regular visiting researcher at Harvard, where he is currently the Representative of the University of Valencia Grants Program.

Todd Hall Todd Hall, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He is the founder and former director of the Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality at Rosemead. Dr. Hall’s writing and research focus on relational approaches to spiritual development, leadership/organizational development and flourishing. Over the past two decades he has worked to develop a broad theory of Relational Spirituality, the subject of his forthcoming book called Relational Spirituality: An Integrative Paradigm of Spiritual Transformation.  As part of this research program, Dr. Hall has developed several widely used measures of relational spirituality (Spiritual Assessment Inventory, Spiritual Transformation Inventory, SpiritPulse) and published empirical research on topics such as attachment to God, attachment and psychological well-being and longitudinal trends of college student spirituality. 
Eric Kim Eric S. Kim, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. 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 how facets of psychological well-being (e.g., purpose in life, optimism) 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 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 Assistant Professor 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 at Stanford, and her B.A. in Psychology at 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.
Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical and school psychologist and works at the Health & Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).  For more than 15 years, using a culturally contextualized strengths-based approach, Dr. Rashid has developed strengths-based and positive psychology informed therapeutic approaches such as Positive PsychotherapyStrengths-Based Resilience (SBR) and conducted large scale longitudinal research on Flourishing of young adults.  Having trained mental health professionals and educators internationally and worked with trauma survivors, Dr. Rashid is the recipient of the Outstanding Practitioner Award (2017) from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Currently, he co-chairs Campus Mental Health, a Canadian Community of Practice and is Director of Practice with the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Dr. Rashid’s clinical research has been published in academic journals and in textbooks of psychiatry and psychotherapy. His book, Positive Psychotherapy, with Dr. Martin Seligman, has been translated into several languages. Dr. Rashid collaborates with Human Flourishing Program colleagues to explore Muslim conceptualizations of wellbeing, develop therapeutic interventions for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and empirically untangle symptoms of complex trauma from underlying moral injury and mental health issues.
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.
Brandon Vaidyanathan

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. He holds an MSc in Management from HEC Montreal and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. His research examines the cultural dimensions of religious, commercial, medical, and scientific institutions, and has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals. He is author of Mercenaries and Missionaries: Capitalism and Catholicism in the Global South (Cornell University Press, 2019) and co-author of Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press, 2019). His ongoing research examines well-being in various institutional contexts.

Matthew F. Wilson Matthew F. Wilson, Ph.D. is the former Associate Director of the Human Flourishing Program and is now an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at John Brown University. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Baylor University, Matthew led a successful corporate career where he held various roles in finance, marketing, and product management. He holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from Indiana University, a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University, and a M.A. in the Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He contributes to the program's research on optimism, virtue and virtue development. He is working on a book tentatively titled, The Habit of Ownership: How to lead successful teams that take ownership of their work.
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 and other positive psychological interventions.


Research Affiliates



Węziak-Białowolska, Ph.D

Piotr Białowolski, Ph.D.



Johann M D’Souza

Johann M D’Souza, M.A.


Donald Frederick, Ph.D.


Esther Salvador

Esther Galdón, M.A.


Daniel Lage

Daniel E. Lage, M.D.

Christina Hinton

Christina Hinton, Ph.D.

Ayse Yemiscigil

Ayse Yemiscigil, Ph.D.

Ron Ivey

Ian M. Corbin

Victor Counted


Visiting Faculty

Jonathan Teubner (Ph.D. University of Cambridge) is Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University. For the academic years 2019-2021, Teubner held an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Previously, Teubner was Lecturer in Religious Studies and Associate Director of the Initiative on Religion, Politics and Conflict at the University of Virginia, and in 2014-2015 held a Fernand Braudel Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, France. Teubner’s research and publications have examined the intersection of Christian thought and practice with theories of religion and violence, economics, technology, and secularism. His first book is entitled Prayer after Augustine: A Study in the Development of the Latin Tradition (Oxford University Press). Currently, Teubner is finishing a monograph on the history of charity and belonging in the Latin West, entitled Charity after Augustine: The Limits of Political Augustinianism (Oxford University Press).

Former Visiting Faculty



Wojciech T. Kaftanski, Ph.D.
Spring 2020

Alvaro Lleo

Alvaro Lleo, Ph.D.
Spring 2020

Robert Gahl
Robert Gahl, Ph.D.
Fall 2019

Sharon Krishek
Sharon Krishek
Spring-Fall 2018

Bill English
William English
Spring 2017

Past Program Affiliates