Our Team: Janxin Leu, Ph.D.


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Janxin Leu, Ph.D.

Director of Product Innovation

Janxin Leu (pronounced “Jen-shing Loo”) plays a lead role in HopeLab’s initiative to promote human resilience and inner values through social tech innovation. Prior to joining HopeLab in April 2013, Dr. Leu was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, where her research focused on how cultural contexts influence the mind, such as how Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian traditions shape emotion and cognition.  Based on an understanding of the mind-body connection, perspective-taking, and socio-emotional learning, she created the cultural curriculum for the Emmy-nominated Nick, Jr. show Ni hao, Kai-lan!  Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Seattle Times.

Dr. Leu was elected as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.  She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Stanford University.  She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter.

Photo credit: Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media

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