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Janxin Leu, Ph.D., M.A.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Social Psychology, Social Epidemiology

Area(s) of Expertise:
Resilience; Positive Emotion; Social Technology



Janxin plays a leadership role in HopeLab’s initiative to promote human resilience and inner values through innovations in mobile and social technology. Prior to joining HopeLab, Janxin was a professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. Her research in the U.S. and East Asia focused on how cultural contexts influence the mind, such as how Judeo-Christian versus Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian traditions shape positive emotions. She has also examined mental health disparities in immigrant populations using interdisciplinary perspectives. With this background, 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.  Janxin was elected a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar and is a member of 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 has also trained at Peking University in Beijing and at Oxford University. She lives on the Peninsula with her husband and young daughter.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Janxin Leu's available publications in PubMed.