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Dr. Kristen Lee: Helping students manage stress - Video is now posted

Thank you to all who were able to join the district for the presentation by Dr. Kristen Lee, Northeastern University. We had a full house for the presentation at the Intermediate School. The video is posted below and please also see these additional links shared with the audience that night. 

Active Minds

Active Minds has since become the premier organization impacting college students and mental health. Now on more than 700 campuses, we directly reach close to 600,000 students each year through campus awareness campaigns, events, advocacy, outreach, and more.

In addition to a 500+ strong chapter network of passionate student advocates, Active Minds’ programs include Send Silence Packing®, an award-winning suicide prevention exhibit; a speaker’s bureau featuring professional speakers who provide encouraging and safe mental health education for students and other audiences; and the Healthy Campus Award, which honors colleges that are prioritizing student health and well-being. 

Thrive Global 

"After my collapse from sleep deprivation and exhaustion in 2007 I became more and more passionate about the connection between well-being and performance. And as I went around the world speaking about my experience, I saw two things: First, that we're facing a stress and burnout epidemic. And second, that people deeply want to change the way they work and live...

That's why I launched Thrive Global – to go beyond raising awareness and create something real and tangible that would help individuals, companies and communities improve their well-being and performance and unlock their greatest potential. At Thrive Global, helping you achieve these goals is our mission and our passion."


We're uniquely positioned to sustainably change behavior by reaching people at home, at work and through the technology they already use. Our multi-pronged offering yields a revolutionary approach to ending the epidemic of stress and burnout.
The article below is on the Thrive global site authored by Dr. Lee
A Therapist Turned Psychology Professor Reveals 7 Strategies to Protect Your Mental Health This Academic Year

Psychology Today

Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody's favorite subject: Ourselves.

We've gathered here a group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas. We're a live stream of what's happening in 'psychology today'.
The article below is on the Thrive global site authored by Dr. Lee
Rethink Your Way to Good Life

9 Essential Steps to Protect Your Mental Health

Tedx Talk by Dr. Lee from TEDx Ocala 
The Risk You Must Take

Mentalligence Radio (podcasts) Podcasts by Dr. Lee


New Albany-Plain Local Schools will be presenting a series of sessions for the 2019-2020 school year for parents related to The R Factor and its practical application in our schools for students and staff. The first topic is managing student stress and the district is bringing the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University in Boston - Dr. Kristen Lee.   

Our district survey data is compelling us to support students in coping with anxiety and stress. We are a high performing district academically with almost all students going on to college following high school. Students come from families that are well established and stable - and a community that is remarkable and well supported with resources for students and families. Students indicate that they feel that they have caring adults in their lives and teachers that are invested in them. However, the research clearly indicates that when it comes to academic pressure - our students are struggling with anxiety and stress.  

Things like feeling the need to score high on an ACT, get into a prestigious university, having the right GPA, getting an A on the next AP Calculus exam... etc.  We recognize that the link between all that stress and depression is a real concern and want to do what we can to support those student needs.

Join us September 17
New Albany Intermediate School 

177 N. High St. 
7 p.m.

Dr. Kristen Lee 
Associate Teaching Professor
Northeastern University 

About the presenter 

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 the upcoming 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.