Work with thought leaders and academic experts in well-being

Companies can greatly benefit from working with academic researchers in the field of well-being. These experts can provide valuable insights and strategies to enhance employee well-being, improve productivity, and create a positive work environment. By collaborating with well-being researchers, companies can gain access to the latest research and evidence-based practices, allowing them to develop effective well-being programs and initiatives. Additionally, academic researchers can conduct studies and evaluations to assess the impact of well-being interventions, helping companies make data-driven decisions. Overall, partnering with well-being academic researchers can lead to happier and healthier employees, increased employee engagement, reduced turnover, and improved organizational performance.

Researchers on NotedSource with backgrounds in well-being include Christos Makridis, Kostadin Kushlev, Sarah Arpin, Ph.D., Ryan Howell, Ariel Kalil, Konstantinos Tsavdaridis, Dr. Christian Waugh, Ph.D., Sonja Lyubomirsky, Norman Farb, Jennifer Aaker, and Eric S. Kim, Ph.D..

Christos Makridis

Nashville, TN
Web3 and Labor Economist in Academia, Entrepreneurship, and Policy
Research Expertise (16)
Economics and Econometrics
Pharmacology (medical)
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Christos A. Makridis holds academic appointments at Columbia Business School, Stanford University, Baylor University, University of Nicosia, and Arizona State University. He is also an adjunct scholar at the Manhattan Institute, senior adviser at Gallup, and senior adviser at the National AI Institute in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Christos is the CEO/co-founder of [Dainamic](, a technology startup working to democratize the use and application of data science and AI techniques for small and mid sized organizations, and CTO/co-founder of [Living Opera](, a web3 startup working to bridge classical music and blockchain technologies. Christos previously served on the White House Council of Economic Advisers managing the cybersecurity, technology, and space activities, as a Non-resident Fellow at the Cyber Security Project in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as a Digital Fellow at the Initiative at the Digital Economy in the MIT Sloan School of Management, a a Non-resident Research Scientist at Datacamp, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Christos’ primary academic research focuses on labor economics, the digital economy, and personal finance and well-being. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed research papers in academic journals and over 170 news articles in the press. Christos earned a Bachelor’s in Economics and Minor in Mathematics at Arizona State University, as well a dual Masters and PhDs in Economics and Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.

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Eric S. Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia
Most Relevant Research Expertise
Other Research Expertise (32)
health psychology
social epidemiology
purpose & meaning
Psychiatry and Mental health
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Dr. Kim's program of research aims to identify, understand, and intervene upon the dimensions of psychological well-being (sense of purpose in life, optimism) that reduce the risk of age-related conditions. <br> Around this topic, he has given invited lectures at Universities (Harvard, U. of Penn, MIT, Columbia U.), corporations (UnitedHealth Care, IDEO, AARP, Samsung), and he’s also been invited to speak at and join the working groups of national- and international-think-tanks (United Nations, OECD, Aspen Ideas Festival, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Task Force for Global Health, World Government Summit, National Academy of Sciences). He’s also been recognized as one of Forbe’s 30 Under 30 in Healthcare, recipient of the American Journal of Epidemiology's Paper of the Year Award, the American Psychological Association Division 20 (Aging) Early Career Achievement Award, and an Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star. His insights have been featured in the: NY Times, Atlantic, BBC News, NPR, Washington Post. His research has been cited by policy statements/guidelines formulated by the: United Nations, National Academy of Sciences, American Heart Association, the U.S. Surgeon General. Population aging is one of the most important social trends of the 21st century. In both Canada and the U.S., the # of adults aged ≥65 is projected to increase by 45%-55% in the next 15 years. As societies grapple with the rising tide of chronic conditions, healthcare costs, and long-term care costs, it is imperative to develop a science that informs a more comprehensive approach to healthy aging. Dr. Kim’s overarching goal is to substantially help improve the psychological well-being and physical health of our rapidly growing population. In pursuit of this goal, his program of research revolves around 4 interwoven questions. He studies: 1) Several dimensions of psychological well-being (sense of purpose in life, optimism) and how they relate to health outcomes. 2) The behavioral, biological, and neural mechanisms underlying the association between psychological well-being and health. 3) 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 (dyadic dynamics in couples, neighborhood contexts, altruism/volunteering) and the macro-level (social cohesion, social and racial disparities). 4) And he partners with non-profit/healthcare companies to conduct translational research that test scalable interventions.

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Example well-being projects

How can companies collaborate more effectively with researchers, experts, and thought leaders to make progress on well-being?

Designing a Comprehensive Employee Well-being Program

An academic researcher can collaborate with a company to design and implement a comprehensive employee well-being program. This program may include initiatives such as stress management workshops, mindfulness training, physical activity challenges, and mental health support. By leveraging the expertise of a well-being researcher, companies can create a tailored program that addresses the specific needs and challenges of their workforce.

Evaluating the Impact of Flexible Work Arrangements on Well-being

An academic researcher can conduct a study to evaluate the impact of flexible work arrangements on employee well-being. This research can provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of flexible work policies in promoting work-life balance, reducing stress, and improving overall well-being. Companies can use the findings to optimize their flexible work policies and create a more supportive and flexible work environment.

Assessing the Effectiveness of Wellness Programs

Well-being researchers can collaborate with companies to assess the effectiveness of their wellness programs. Through surveys, interviews, and data analysis, researchers can evaluate the impact of wellness initiatives on employee health outcomes, job satisfaction, and productivity. This information can help companies refine their wellness programs and ensure they are delivering meaningful benefits to their employees.

Developing Strategies for Work-Life Integration

Academic researchers can work with companies to develop strategies for promoting work-life integration. By understanding the unique challenges faced by employees in balancing work and personal life, researchers can provide evidence-based recommendations and interventions. These strategies can help companies create a supportive work environment that values work-life balance and fosters employee well-being.

Implementing Mental Health Support Programs

Collaborating with academic researchers in well-being can help companies implement effective mental health support programs. Researchers can provide guidance on developing policies, training managers, and creating a supportive culture around mental health. By addressing mental health issues proactively, companies can improve employee well-being, reduce absenteeism, and enhance overall organizational performance.