Dorota Węziak-Białowolska received her master degree in applied statistics (2003), her doctoral degree is in economics (2008) and post-doctoral degree (habilitation) in sociology (2016). Before joining the Harvard, Dorota worked for 5 years for the European Commission Joint Research Centre, first as post-doctoral researcher and then as research fellow. She was responsible for constructing and evaluation of composite indicators in the areas of poverty, well-being, social capital, social justice, rule of law, work and family reconciliation, cultural and creative industries and environmental protection. Her research interests are in methodology including psychometrics, measurement invariance, composite scales and indicators as well as impact evaluation. Her focus is also on applied well-being and health where she works to improve our understanding of well-being metrics. She is involved in constructing composite scales measuring components of well-being and impact evaluation of occupational well-being on business performance. She also investigates impact of participation in cultural and creative activities on well-being.
Michael Balboni, Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div, is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a palliative care researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in theology from Boston University and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health and at Harvard Divinity School. His work focuses on the incorporation of religious variables within social-scientific measurements and ways in which scientific data informs theology. Together with Dr. John Peteet, he recently edited Spirituality and Religion Within the Culture of Medicine, an exploration of the role that religion and spirituality play in various medical fields. He is currently writing a manuscript, co-authored with Tracy Balboni, entitledHostility to Hospitality, to be published with Oxford University Press in 2017. The book explores the manifestations of spirituality and religion within the socialization processes and institutional structures experienced by medical professionals. Michael has recently completed a large research project on how clergy views on end-of-life care impact medical utilization and patient outcomes.
Ying Chen, ScD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research concerns identifying positive psychosocial factors that help individuals to attain and maintain health. She is particularly interested in studying health assets within the family for improving offspring health. For instance, she has examined whether greater parental warmth may help offspring maintain positive mental health as characterized by flourishing in later life. She has also investigated the association of parenting styles and parents’ marital stability with offspring’s body weight trajectories. Her other work and interests include a) social disparity in the distribution of mental and psychological well-being; b) the biological and behavioral mechanisms linking childhood familial experiences to health in adulthood; c) the association of religious service attendance, forgiveness and sense of mission with mental and physical health in later life.
Bill English is an assistant professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Previously, he served as the research director of the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, where he pursued empirical and normative investigations of "institutional corruption." Bill was also an associate with the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, where his research examined new educational technologies, the value of humanistic learning, and questions about civic education and the public role of universities. Uniting his diverse research interests are basic questions concerning how people develop ethical convictions and how these convictions shape behavior in the context of various material and informational constraints. As part of his collaboration with the Program on Integrative Knowledge, Bill is writing a book that examines the history of methodological debates in the social sciences, arguing that insights from the humanities can help certain research programs become more useful. Along with other PIK researchers, he is also working on discrete empirical investigations of job crafting, fairness norms, and approaches to education.
Johann M D’Souza, M.A. received his masters in psychology from Boston University where he studied cognitive behavioral therapy in Stefan Hofmann’s social anxiety lab. His abiding interest in mindfulness led him to investigate acceptance and commitment therapy with Kevin Majeres at Harvard Medical School, conducting a literature review for an online resource to help individuals overcome cravings, reduce anxiety, and maximize flow. He recently received a presidential fellowship to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and minor in statistical methods at University of Houston. There he will investigate the role of mindfulness, exposure, and hope in treatments for adult anxiety disorders. At the Program on Integrative Knowledge, he is interested in projects that use the Thomistic-Aristotelian understanding of virtue and mind to inform contemporary positive psychology.