ABOUT OUR CEO

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Paul Campbell
CEO / Co-Founder
bLife was co-founded by Paul A. Campbell, an accomplished technology entrepreneur and executive, who was motivated by a very personal and profound experience. Since then, Paul has dedicated his life to creating a solution that could help improve behavioral health around the world.

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Our Scientific Advisory Board

Robert Bilder
PhD, UCLA
Heidi Grant Halvorson
PhD, Author of Succeed – How We Can Reach Our Goals

“Self control is like any other muscle in your body. It gets tired when you use it too much, but it also builds when you exercise it regularly”

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Heidi Grant Halvorson

PhD, Author of Succeed – How We Can Reach Our Goals

“Self control is like any other muscle in your body. It gets tired when you use it too much, but it also builds when you exercise it regularly”

Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist, author of the book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University Business School. She received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Choosing what goals to pursue and staying motivated and proactive can be very challenging. Heidi’s research attempts to conquer these challenges by uncovering the links between goal-pursuit and psychological benefits like self-regulation, achievement, and wellbeing.

Heidi is a popular expert blogger for Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Psychology Today, SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Leadership, Forbes, and Huffington Post, as well as a regular contributor to the BBC World Service’s Business Daily. Her scientific publications appear in prestigious journals like the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, European Journal of Social Psychology, and Judgment and Decision Making.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and was elected to the highly-selective Society for Experimental Social Psychology.

Shane J. Lopez
PhD, Clifton Strengths School/Gallup
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Shane J. Lopez

PhD, Clifton Strengths School/Gallup

Shane serves as the Research Director for the Clifton Strengths School and as a Senior Scientist in Residence with Gallup. He is also the architect of the Gallup Student Poll and the director of the annual Gallup Wellbeing Forum, which convenes scholars, leaders, and decision makers to discuss healthcare and global wellbeing.

Shane is fascinated with the hope that people can exhibit in the face of life’s challenges. His research focuses on the links between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall wellbeing. He specializes in hope and strengths enhancement for students from preschool through college graduation, advocating a whole-school strengths model that also builds the strengths expertise of educators, parents, and youth development organizations. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters and seven books on various topics related to positive psychology, human courage, and new methods of wellbeing research. Shane is the past associate editor of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, an editorial board member of the Journal of Positive Psychology, and an ad-hoc reviewer for many psychology journals. He is a licensed psychologist, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and educational advisor for various colleges and schools and for commercial organizations such as Discovery Television.

Sonja Lyubomirsky
PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside

“The good news: it *is* possible to be happier!”

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Sonja Lyubomirsky

PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside

“The good news: it *is* possible to be happier!”

Originally from Russia, Sonja received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D in Social/Personality Psychology from Stanford University. She currently teaches courses in social psychology and positive psychology and serves as the Department of Psychology's graduate advisor.

One of Sonja’s major findings is that people have control over their happiness and it is possible for everyone to become happier. It turns out that on average about 50% of our happiness is determined by heredity, only 10% is determined by circumstances, and the remaining 40% lies directly in our own hands, dependent only on actions and behavior. That 50/40/10 split is actually good news, as we have significant control over our own happiness.

Sonja’s teaching and mentoring of students have been recognized with the Faculty of the Year and Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards. Lyubomirsky has been awarded a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, as well as grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Notre Dame University’s Science of Generosity Initiative, and the John Templeton Foundation. Her book, The How of Happiness, which has been translated into 18 languages, describes her work on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness.

Robert McGrath
PhD, Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, APA Presidential Candidate

“The only thing better than teaching is learning”.

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Robert McGrath

PhD, Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, APA Presidential Candidate

“The only thing better than teaching is learning”.

Bob McGrath heads the scientist-practitioner Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He received his BA in psychology, summa cum laude, from Hartwick College, and his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University. His experience as a scientist, clinician and teacher spans close to three decades during which he authored over 150 scientific papers and trained numerous research scientists and therapists.

Bob’s research lies in the intersection of personality psychology and clinical psychology. During his thirty year tenure as a research scientist he has discovered numerous links between individual differences and various mental health conditions, opening new paths towards mental wellness.

Bob’s papers have appeared in prestigious publications like Science and American Psychologist. He has won the Society for Personality Assessment Martin Mayman Award for theoretical contributions three times, and is now a candidate for presidency of the American Psychological Association.

Margaret Moore
MBA; co-author of Harvard Health book Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life

“Positive emotions awaken our deepest motivation, our life force, powering us to rise above life's challenges.”

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Margaret Moore/Coach Meg

MBA; co-author of Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life

“Positive emotions awaken our deepest motivation, our life force, powering us to rise above life's challenges”

Margaret Moore/Coach Meg is a 17-year veteran of the biotechnology industry in the UK, Canada, US, and France. In 2000, she shifted to prevention and well-being and founded Wellcoaches Corporation - strategic partner of the American College of Sports Medicine, now a standard-bearer for professional coaches in healthcare and wellness having trained more than 6,000 health professionals as health and wellness coaches in 32 countries.

Margaret is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and co-director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School. She co-leads the National Consortium for Credentialing of Health & Wellness Coaches, a consortium of 73 organizations which is developing a national certification, training and education standards, and a collaborative coaching research agenda.

She is the lead author of the first coaching textbook in healthcare, the Coaching Psychology Manual and co-authored “Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life,” translating the neuroscience of brain organization into self-coaching tools. She publishes blogs at Psychology Today and Huffington Post and tweets @coachmeg.

James Pennebaker
PhD, Professor and Chair of Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

“I think that people are their own best therapists”

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James Pennebaker

PhD, Professor and Chair of Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

“I think that people are their own best therapists”

Jamie Pennebaker heads the department of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D in 1977. He is best known for his seminal work on expressive writing, spanning 25 years of research and development. Thanks to this extensive body of work, we know today that writing about emotional and mental experiences has outstanding healing power and a tremendous effect on well-being. Moreover, using natural language processing algorithms, there is now software that allows machines to automatically extract the user’s psychological state from expressively written text, and actively suggest writing guidance.

Jamie’s work has been the recipient of numerous government grants from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and the US Army. He is the recipient of several research and teaching awards including the Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship Award and Outstanding Researcher Award, Sigma Xi, from Southern Methodist University.

Jason Rentfrow
PhD, Professor of Personality and Social Psychology, Cambridge University, UK

“As humans we are social beings, so we are very interested in other people as we are interested in ourselves”.

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Jason Rentfrow

PhD, Professor of Personality and Social Psychology, Cambridge University, UK

“As humans we are social beings, so we are very interested in other people as we are interested in ourselves”.

Jason Rentfrow is professor of psychology at Cambridge University and a fellow and director of Studies at Fitzwilliam College. He received his BA in in psychology and Ph.D in personality and social psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

One of Jason’s most fascinating findings has to do with the mapping of personality traits and wellbeing into geographical regions in the country and worldwide. His work uncovered the different composite personalities and wellbeing profiles of different towns, suggesting that where you live not only affects how you are doing, but also who you are.

Jason's research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals, presented at international scientific conferences, and featured in radio, television and print media, including the BBC, NPR, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Sunday Times, Washington Post and Science. He has also served as a consultant to the BBC, Harris Interactive, GD Worldwide, The Soundlounge, True.com and the Science Centre NEMO in Amsterdam.

Tomas Sander
PhD, Hewlett-Packard Labs

“Compassion opens the heart and lightens the mind”

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Tomas Sander

PhD, Hewlett-Packard Labs

“Compassion opens the heart and lightens the mind”

Tomas Sander is a member of the Cloud and Security Lab at HP in Princeton, New Jersey, which conducts research in cloud, security and privacy technologies. He received a doctoral degree in Mathematics from the University of Dortmund, Germany in 1996.

Tomas is known for initiating a new discipline of research called Positive Computing, marrying his technology background along with his strong personal interest in positive psychology and the science of wellbeing. He organized and chaired the first Positive Computing meeting in the spring of 2010 together with Martin Seligman, the father of the Positive Psychology movement. The meeting was held at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and brought together leading positive psychologists, computer science researchers, and commercial companies.

Before joining HP Labs, Tomas held different research positions at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, California, and STAR Lab, the research lab of InterTrust Technologies in Santa Clara, California.

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Tali Sharot
PhD, fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

“…people are surprised to discover how optimistic they really are”

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Tali Sharot

PhD, fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

“…people are surprised to discover how optimistic they really are”

Tali Sharot has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and is currently a research fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London. She is the author of “The Optimism Bias – A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain”. Her research on optimism, memory, and emotion has been published in leading scientific journals including Science, Nature and Nature Neuroscience, and the subject of features in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Time, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, The Washington Post, the BBC and more. She lives in London.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas
PhD, Science Director at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

“When you think deeply and look at the science, it becomes very clear that the reality that we perceive as actual and real is very morphed by the structures in our brain”

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Emiliana Simon-Thomas

PhD, Science Director at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

“When you think deeply and look at the science, it becomes very clear that the reality that we perceive as actual and real is very morphed by the structures in our brain”

Emiliana Simon-Thomas earned her doctorate in Cognition Brain and Behavior at University of California, Berkeley studying the interplay between emotional and cognitive processes. Her research methods involve a combination of direct biological measures of the brain like EEG and fMRI along with psychological measures of behavior, higher cognitive function, and emotional state. Emiliana is now the Science Director at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

Joshua Smyth
PhD, Pennsylvania State University

“The key to creating effective health technology is engagement. For health technology to work, people have to like using it”.

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Joshua Smyth

PhD, Pennsylvania State University

“The key to creating effective health technology is engagement. For health technology to work, people have to like using it”.

Joshua Smyth is Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Medicine at the Pennsylvania State University. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach using psychological, behavioral, social, and biological factors to understand and improve human health and functioning.

Josh’s research is focused on the following questions:

  1. What are the effects of experiencing stress on psychological and physical wellbeing?
  2. Can we assess stress, emotion, and health in an ecologically relevant manner that facilitates our understanding of bio-psychosocial processes as they unfold in time and in natural context?
  3. Can psychological and behavioral interventions improve health and wellbeing?

He has published in excess of 100 articles and chapters in a variety of medical and psychological journals or books, and has received continuous grant support over the last decade from the National Institutes of Health to study stress, coping, and health processes.

Josh is regularly interviewed in national media including ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, PBS, Newsweek, Time and the New York Times, all of which have featured coverage of his research. Finally, he is an active and engaged teacher, and has received numerous accolades and awards for teaching and mentoring of students and trainees.

Phil Zimbardo
PhD, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
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Phil Zimbardo

PhD, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as a leading "voice and face of contemporary psychology" through his widely seen PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his media appearances, best-selling trade books on shyness, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.

In the summer of 1971, when he was a young professor at Stanford, Phil arranged for a simulated prison setting, where students served as both prisoners and guards in the university basement. Studied extensively over the past forty years, the Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrated key issues in human nature pertaining to the power of authority, and the way certain environments prime people to behave in certain ways.

While his research career started with the study of evil behavior, Phil’s focus today is on harnessing the findings of the research to promote and drive positive and heroic behavior. He is the founder and head of the Heroic Imagination Project, and serves on the board of several innovative organizations like Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).