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 the founder of Social Health Labs and as a writer, speaker, and consultant.

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 lived in a flamingo reserve in the south of France, the month I meditated with monks in Nepal, the moment the Dalai Lama sneezed on me, 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 the founder of Social Health Labs and as a writer, speaker, and consultant.

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 lived in a flamingo reserve in the south of France, the month I meditated with monks in Nepal, the moment the Dalai Lama sneezed on me, or the time I gave hugs to hundreds of strangers.
Formal Bio
Kasley Killam, MPH, is a social scientist, community builder, and public health consultant who specializes in how human connection influences well-being. As the founder of Social Health Labs, Kasley partners with different sectors to implement solutions for loneliness and strategies for community cohesion. She holds a master's from the Harvard School of Public Health, writes for Scientific American and Psychology Today, and is a frequent keynote speaker and featured guest in the media. Kasley was selected as an Encore Public Voices Fellow and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and she collaborates on local, state, and national coalitions working to reweave our social fabric. Formerly, Kasley led community engagement and strategic partnerships at Verily, conducted research on mental health and positive psychology, and developed an award-winning campaign to promote empathy and compassion.
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