Jennifer S. Lerner
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I'm a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. As the first (and as yet only) psychologist to receive tenure in the history of the school, I am very busy sharing the insights that psychology brings to the design and practice of public policy. It is a thrilling and challenging position to be in. I am grateful for the opportunity to actively pursue my scientific research while also teaching public leaders who are eager to apply the fruits psychology has to offer. I actively continue laboratory- and field-based research, working with a small but stellar group of students. Of course, I also do my share of university service, serving on the Faculty Steering Committee of Harvard's Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative and as a voting member of the main campus IRB. Outside of campus life, I serve on an NIH expert panel, a corporate scientific advisory board, and as the first behavioral scientist on the Secretary of the Navy's Advisory Panel. In this last capacity, I draw on behavioral science to advise the Secretary on critical matters facing the Navy and the Marine Corps. First and foremost, I am a mom and a wife, enjoying the blessings of these roles. During my wonderful doctoral-training years at Berkeley (social-personality), I benefitted enormously from fellow students and from the inspiring faculty: Dacher Keltner, Phil Tetlock, Christina Maslach, Rob MacCoun, Shelley Zedeck, Geoff Keppel, Bob Levenson, Gerry Mendelsohn, Barb Mellers, and Oliver John -- to name a few. I'm trying to live up to the high standards you set!