Let's think about relationships like we do exercise or nutrition. Social support is a key ingredient for our physical and mental health.
I believe in the power of human connection as a means to health, well-being, and meaning in life, and that theme guides everything I do. I am currently at the Harvard School of Public Health developing ways to promote social health and address loneliness and depression at individual and population levels.
Most recently, I spent my days at Verily (formerly known as Google X or Google Life Sciences) engaging a community of patients, clinicians, researchers, designers, and technologists. I spent my nights and weekends cultivating connections between millennials and seniors in San Francisco as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and addressing loneliness and other challenges associated with aging and disability as a Board Member for the Community Living Campaign.
Previously, I've collaborated with talented teams across industry, academia, startups, and nonprofits. After earning my degree in social sciences, I conducted research on positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, mental health at Queen's University, and empathy at Harvard University. My first foray into social impact, I won a competition at Stanford University to launch a digital campaign aimed at spreading compassion. As a result of this and other work, I've been lucky to get invited to the White House during Obama's presidency and to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Dalai Lama.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I've lived in eight cities across three countries and enjoyed traveling to many more. Ask me about the month I spent meditating with Buddhist monks in Nepal or the time I gave free hugs to hundreds of strangers.