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Kristen Lee, Ed.D. - Global Resilience Institute. Boston, MA, US

Kristen Lee, Ed.D. Kristen Lee, Ed.D.

Associate Teaching Professor, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University | Faculty Affiliate, Global Resilience Institute


Professor Lee focuses on promoting increased mental health integration in social policies and institutions to improved health outcomes.



Kristen Lee, Ed.D. Publication




The Risk You Must Take | Dr. Kristen Lee | TEDxOcala Shrink Rap Radio #578 The New Psychology of Thinking with Dr. Kristen Lee




Dr. Kristen Lee is an associate teaching professor who joined Northeastern as a part-time lecturer in 2009 and has served as full-time faculty since 2013. She is the lead faculty member in Behavioral Sciences having taught 15 courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and designed or redesigned 20 courses. She was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.

Active on campus and in the media as an advocate for student mental health, Dr. Lee is a frequent conference presenter and author. Her 2014 book, Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress: Your 24-7 Guide for Well-Being, won Motivational Book of the Year in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She is author of Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking: Learn What it Takes to Be More Agile, Mindful and Connected in Today's World.

Dr. Lee is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker known for her advocacy in promoting increased mental health integration in social policies and institutions to facilitate access and improved health outcomes in the U.S. and across the globe. Dr. Lee, who earned her EdD from Northeastern and Master of Social Work degree from Boston University, maintains a private behavioral health practice. She has shared her expertise as a grant reviewer for U.S. federal agencies.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Mental Health Marginalized and Underserved Populations Individual and Health Individual and Organizational Resilience

Education (3)

Northeastern University: Ph.D., Education 2011

Boston University: Master of Social Work, Social Work 2000

Worcester State University: B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders

Concentration: Education and Psychology

Affiliations (3)

  • US Department of Minority Affairs : Federal Grant Reviewer
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Association of Social Workers

Media Appearances (2)


Radio Times  


If you have a stressful, busy job, chances are that from time to time you’ve felt burnout. In surveys more than half of American employees report feeling overwhelmed at work, but a heavy workload isn’t the only hallmarks of burnout – feeling powerless, disrespected, mistreated and unsatisfied on the job are also indicators. So how do we stay engaged and energized at work? And should we always fight feelings of fatigue, boredom, and cynicism or can they be a sign that it’s time to get out? This hour, we discuss burnout and how to cope with it. We talk with CHRISTINA MASLACH, professor emerita of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and KRISTEN LEE, behavioral science professor at Northeastern University. And Columbia Journalism Review’s ALEX NEASON shares her struggles covering the never ending news cycle.

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5 tips for coping with college stress

89.33KPCC AirTalk  


This time of year is especially high pressure with essay deadlines and exam prep, so burnout expert Kristen Lee Costa, Ed.D. conducted qualitative research to find the best coping mechanisms for the students she studied. Without them, students' work can suffer.

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Articles (1)

Your Mental Health is More Important Than Your Grades Huffington Post

Kristen Lee


Pursuing your degree? Feeling the pressure? It’s that time in the term, when the heat is turned up-between deadlines, exams and everything in between. If you are a student of today, you likely have a lot going on in the between. Ideas about “traditional” and “non-traditional” students have flipped, with increasing numbers of students being working professionals, juggling all kinds of demands, who want to earn new and advanced degrees. But across the board, what unites students of all ages and life circumstances is this: unprecedented stress levels. According to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America, an estimated 62% report marinating in perpetual, toxic anxiety...

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