Research Affiliates

Dorota Weziak Bialowolska Dorota Węziak-Białowolska, Ph.D., 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 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.
 
Johann M D’Souza
 
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.
Bill English 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.
 
Donald Frederick, Ph.D., worked as a post-doctoral fellow for the Program on Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing under the supervision of Professor VanderWeele for two years during 2016 and 2017 on projects concerning the social science of work. His current research continues on the subject of work, with a focus on how its relates to (i.e., promotes or hinders) human flourishing with particular attention to the areas of happiness, well-being, virtue and character, health, and relationships. He also has research interests on the intersection of social science knowledge and technology. Prior to his time at Harvard, Donald completed his PhD at The University of Chicago in psychology in 2014. His research focus was on cognition and behavioral neuroscience. His dissertation focused on the decision-making and local field potentials of rats performing odor discrimination tasks. While at Chicago, he also took master degrees in computer science and divinity (from the Divinity School). Following his PhD work, he spent a year as a co-founder of a start-up in San Francisco.The central role of work and its effects on our lives is a topic that he became interested in while in San Francisco.
 
Blake Kent Blake V. Kent, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral researcher at the MGH/Harvard Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities and a research affiliate at Harvard's Program on Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing. His interests involve the social determinants of health, including cultural and religious/spiritual boundaries and practices, and subjective well-being as it relates to attachment orientation. His work has appeared in The Journal of Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Journal of Aging and Health, Research on Aging, and Review of Religious Research.
Eric Kim Eric S. Kim, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, where he also trained in statistics. He subsequently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kim’s research and intervention work encompasses four key areas. First, he investigates several facets of psychological well-being (e.g., purpose/meaning in life, optimism, resilience) and how these facets influence various age-related health outcomes. Second, he studies the behavioral, biological, and neural mechanisms underlying the association between psychological well-being and health. Third, he investigates how an individual’s psychological well-being interacts with the surrounding environment to influence behavioral and physical health outcomes; for example, at the meso-level (e.g., dyadic psychological dynamics in couples, neighborhood contexts, religion and spirituality, altruism/volunteering) and the macro-level (e.g., social cohesion, social and racial disparities, and other important social structural factors). Fourth, he partners with non-profit and healthcare companies to conduct translational research projects that test scalable interventions which aim to improve psychological well-being, as well as their potential downstream outcomes (e.g., behavioral and physical health outcomes).
 
Daniel Lage Daniel E. Lage, M.D., is a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, an MSc/MBA at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and an AB/AM in the History of Science at Harvard College. His clinical and research interests are in improving the care of older adults with serious illness. His recent research combines patient-reported outcomes as well as health services research methods to study burdensome transitions of care for older adults with advanced cancer. At the Program on Integrative Knowledge, Daniel is convening a working group on suffering and serious illness, with the goal of integrating evidence from the humanities and empirical sciences on providing high quality, ethical care for patients at the end of life.
 
Eileen McNeely Eileen McNeely, PhD, NP is Co-Director of the SHINE initiative within the Environmental Health department.  As part of SHINE, Eileen and her team connect business leadership with pioneering research to advance corporate sustainability with a focus on worker well-being.  Using applied academic research, SHINE guides corporate responsibility, sustainability and well-being practices across the globe. Eileen has extensive experience in the areas of environmental epidemiology, occupational and community health, health promotion and wellness programs, health services policy and management.  Her research is currently focused on work as a platform to improve well-being, putting people and health at the center of corporate sustainability and business culture.  Using a rigorous and applied academic approach she aims to shine a light on worker health and well-being in the business context, and engages companies to understand the impact of workplace culture and practices on well-being. Her research is driven by combining mental, physical and psychosocial well-being metrics with business metrics such as retention, absenteeism, productivity, and performance to guide businesses to better understand the impact of the workplace culture on health.   Eileen’s work with companies aims to redesign how business integrates well-being from a ever-changing programmatic style to an integrated systems approach.
 
Lawrence Mayer Lawrence S. Mayer, M.D., Ph.D. is a research physician, epidemiologist and biostatistician. After having served as a tenured (and untenured) professor at major universities for almost four decades, he is now focusing on being an independent scholar and researcher. His professorial (and research) appointments were at Arizona State University, Johns Hopkins University, The Ohio State University, The Mayo Clinic, Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia Tech. His medical degree was obtained in London (Guy’s) and his subsequent Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics was obtained at The Ohio State University. His current research focuses on the integration of the quantitative methods of the social science with more classical biostatistical and epidemiological methods. The integration will be applied to data on human flourishing such as the impact of retirement on the worker and the family.
 
Ev Worthington Everett Worthington, Ph.D., is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus working from the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He continues to be active in research and speaking around the world. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 38 books and over 440 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, humility positive psychology, marriage, and family topics and religion and spirituality. He also has developed the REACH Forgiveness model (see www.EvWorthington-forgiveness.com) and other positive psychological interventions.