Our SuperBetter Scientists

If SuperBetter is backed by science, where does all that science come from?

To help us infuse SuperBetter with the latest and greatest findings in the fields of neuroscience, positive psychology, and medicine, we’ve assembled an all star team of science advisors.

Christine Carter

Christine Carter, PhD, is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and she teaches parenting and happiness classes to a global audience in her online “Raising Happiness” classes. Dr. Carter is the author of numerous books as well as a blog for Greater Good, which is syndicated on the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.com. Her first book The Other Side of Science is one of the most frequently stolen books out of university libraries. Dr. Carter has been quoted in Women’s Health and Parenting magazines, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on the Oprah
Winfrey Show, the Rachael Ray Morning Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and NPR.

James Doty

James Doty, MD, is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University. In addition to being a neurosurgeon, he also is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Most recently, he founded The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research (CCARE), working with both the Stanford Neurosciences Institute and the Stanford Tibetan Studies Initiative examining the neural basis for compassion and altruism. He also is the Chariman of the Dalai Lama Foundation Board of Directors.


Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, and the executive editor of Greater Good magazine. He is the author of Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness. Professor Keltner received his BA in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara his PhD from Stanford University, and completed three years of post-doctoral work with Paul Ekman at the University of California, San Francisco. Current research in his laboratory focuses on prosocial behavior, power and moral reasoning, and collective emotions.

Ann Marie Roepke

Ann Marie (“Annie”) Roepke is working toward a PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies clinical psychology (which is mostly about what goes wrong in life) as well as positive psychology (which is mostly about what goes right in life). In collaboration with Dr. Martin Seligman, she seeks answers to questions like these: How do some people manage to survive and thrive despite challenging circumstances? How can people mobilize their own strengths to help them overcome obstacles? How might people change for the better after the lowest lows and highest highs of their lives?

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari

Worthen-Chaudhari connects rehabilitation science to the creative arts at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Seeking to make physical rehabilitation following CNS injury more engaging and more data-driven, Lise applies principles from dance and emerging digital technologies to evoke creative process during activity-based prescription performance. Lise is a Research Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Director of the Motion Analysis and Recovery laboratory within Dodd Hall at OSU. She holds an MFA in Dance (OSU) and an MS in Kinesiology (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) and has over a decade of experience conducting clinical research of central nervous system impairment and recovery.

Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert on the mind-body relationship. She teaches for the School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program and is a senior teacher/consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Her popular courses demonstrate the applications of psychological science to personal health and happiness, as well as organizational success and social change. Dr. McGonigal received her PhD in psychology from Stanford University, with a concentration in humanistic medicine. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University.

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