Hi There, I'm Kasley

Social scientist by training, innovative leader by practice, community connector at heart.

I began my career conducting research on mental health at Queen's University in Canada and positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Inspired to put the research into practice, I designed a digital campaign and mobile app to deepen people's relationships, which won an award at Stanford University.

With this newfound interest in innovation, I joined an entrepreneurship team at Harvard Medical School and started working with a variety of startups in the healthcare and mental health space. This led me to Verily, the spin-out of Google focused on health tech, where I led community engagement and strategic partnerships for three years.

Along this journey, inspired by various personal experiences, I was fascinated by the role that human connection plays in people's health and well-being. When researchers and the media started talking about a rise in loneliness in the US and other countries, I was ready to put my experience and passion to use.

To that end, I organized community events as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, joined the board of a nonprofit to support programs that reduce loneliness among older adults, and completed a master's in public health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Currently, I am advancing social well-being as a writer, speaker, consultant, and member of local, state, and national coalitions.

Raised in rainy Vancouver and now based in foggy San Francisco, I have lived in nine cities and three countries and traveled to many more. Ask me about the year I attended high school in France, the month I meditated with Buddhist monks in Nepal, or the time I gave hugs to hundreds of strangers.
Hi There, I'm Kasley

Social scientist by training,
Innovative leader by practice,
Community connector at heart.


I began my career conducting research on mental health at Queen's University in Canada and positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Inspired to put the research into practice, I designed a digital campaign and mobile app to deepen people's relationships, which won an award at Stanford University.

With this newfound interest in innovation, I joined an entrepreneurship team at Harvard Medical School and started working with a variety of startups in the healthcare and mental health space. This led me to Verily, the spin-out of Google focused on health tech, where I led community engagement and strategic partnerships for three years.

Along this journey, inspired by various personal experiences, I was fascinated by the role that human connection plays in people's health and well-being. When researchers and the media started talking about a rise in loneliness in the US and other countries, I was ready to put my experience and passion to use.

To that end, I organized community events as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, joined the board of a nonprofit to support programs that reduce loneliness among older adults, and completed a master's in public health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Currently, I am advancing social well-being as a writer, speaker, consultant, and member of local, state, and national coalitions.

Raised in rainy Vancouver and now based in foggy San Francisco, I have lived in nine cities and three countries and traveled to many more. Ask me about the year I attended high school in France, the month I meditated with Buddhist monks in Nepal, or the time I gave hugs to hundreds of strangers.
Formal Bio
Shorter version:

Kasley Killam is a social scientist, community builder, and public health consultant who specializes in how human connection influences health. She holds a master's from the Harvard School of Public Health and writes for Scientific American and Psychology Today. Kasley is an active member of local, state, and national coalitions working to reduce loneliness and improve social well-being, and she has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum for her work. Formerly, Kasley led community engagement and strategic partnerships at Verily Life Sciences, conducted research on mental health and positive psychology, and developed an award-winning campaign to promote empathy and compassion.

Longer version:

Kasley Killam, MPH, specializes in social health: the dimension of well-being that comes from connection and community. She holds a master's from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, where she focused on solutions for the loneliness epidemic. Formerly, she led community engagement and strategic partnerships at Verily (Google Life Sciences) and conducted research on mental health and positive psychology.

Kasley is a frequent expert guest in the media and an international keynote speaker for organizations like Google and Stanford University. Her writing and ideas are featured in Scientific American and Psychology Today, where she writes the Social Health Blog. She has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and invited to the White House during the Obama presidency.

Kasley is an active member of the AARP Massachusetts Task Force to End Loneliness & Build Community. She also collaborates on the National Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness and serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Living Campaign, a nonprofit that reduces loneliness among older adults in San Francisco.
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