Anne BrowningPhD, Founding Director, UW Resilience Lab; Assistant Dean for Well-Being, UW School of Medicine

This work is my passion. I love helping to bring our community into connection and to help us see common humanity as we move through the world.

Dr. Anne Browning’s research focuses on the ways internal psychological resources (e.g. self-compassion, resilience coping, psychological capital) buffer against adverse experiences and stressors. She is currently looking at the intersection of stress and emotion in clinical environments to better understand how to promote constructive engagement with patients.  She looks at how skills, like emotional intelligence, can be best leveraged in academic and medical settings to support learning and patient outcomes.  Within medicine, Dr. Browning leads efforts to both support individual and team skill acquisition and develop a strategic vision for broad culture change leveraging adaptive leadership models.  As the Founding Director of the UW Resilience Lab, she has developed and implemented resilience, compassion, and vulnerability programming and curricula for the UW community.  She now serves as the Assistant Dean for Wellness at the UW School of Medicine, an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the UW College of Education, and is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. A two-sport athlete at Harvard University in soccer and rowing, she trained with the US Rowing National Team for several years before hanging up her oars to pursue a career in higher education.  She received her master’s in education from UC Berkeley and doctorate in leadership and policy studies from UW’s College of Education. 

Anne regularly gives talks to audiences in education, non-profit, and corporate settings integrating themes of resilience, neurobiological responses to stress and failure, emotional intelligence, and self-compassion culminating in ways to foster compassion and resilience in team cultures and leadership. 

Bruce J. AvolioMark Pigott Chair in Business Strategic Leadership, Foster/Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking

This area fits with my research on positivity and psychological capital (hope, optimism, resiliency and efficacy).

Noemí CorreaSenior, Spanish Literature

How can we help others fail forward? I want to actively help students get insight on how to support them academically, mentally, and physically. Through ongoing research with the UW Resilience Lab, I hope to help accomplish this goal!


Polo DeCanoPhD, Lecturer, School Psychology, College of Education, Center for Leadership in Athletics, Resilience Lab Curriculum Development Group

My desire to be involved with the UWRL stems from a longstanding interest in supporting the mental health and wellness of young people in general and athlete populations in particular. In line with my training, and to achieve my goals, my hope is to implement multiple tiers of support for the UW community—from universal prevention supports to more targeted supports addressing specific needs. Through having such a spectrum of supports, my goal is to optimize the potential of each Husky individually, and the UW community as a whole.

Alanna FeltnerGraduate Student, Master’s in Social Work

This lab is full of brilliant and kind people, and I’m inspired by everyone here. This lab is doing such interesting work, such as programming and research relating to holistic wellness. I’m excited about the research and the programs that the lab puts on. I hope to improve my research abilities, program implementation skills, and possibly learn about where I want to go after I finish my program.

Christina FongPrincipal Lecturer, Management & Organization, Foster School of Business

Investing in your resilience and self compassion skills are critical actions for any effective leader, and I feel grateful to have the opportunity to learn and think about how we can equip our leaders with these crucial skills.

Scott FreemanLecturer, Biology

When I look at students and faculty colleagues who struggle or thrive, the key traits that keep emerging are persistence, grit, and resilience—the ability to take a shot, adjust, and bounce back. I look to the Resilience Lab for ideas and programs that can help me and my students with this important aspect of professional development.

Clarisse FurtadoSenior, Psychology & Communications with a minor in Diversity

The research we are currently doing in the lab is so meaningful and important, the outcomes could lead us to creating various resources for student populations. I am hoping to create more resources with the data we get from the project to see how we can better help students from marginalized populations. I also hope to see how students who have major changes or negative life events adapt and develop resilience.

Emily Kroshus-HavrilAssistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

I'm interested in how students transition from high school to college, and how organizations (schools, teams) and families can help students take on challenges that will help them grow. As a research scientist, my goals are to help the UWRL make data and theory-driven decisions about programming, making sure we're meeting the needs of all students

Helen MachPhD, CCC-SLP Postdoctoral Fellow, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware

With my own personal interests in mindfulness, compassion, and resilience, I am excited to be working with UWRL to expand on and share these values with our UW community of students, faculty, and staff through our research and programming.

Megan KennedyInterim Director, UW Resilience Lab

In her role as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Student Wellness, Megan is working to align staff, faculty and students around a common vision for student well-being at the University of Washington. A partnership between Student Life and Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Megan is working closely with the UWRL to implement upstream prevention efforts in curricular spaces through the Well-Being for Life and Learning pilot initiative. 

Emma SpickardJunior, Public Health (BS)

The work UWRL is doing with student resilience perfectly unites my passion for student affairs and the transition to college, as well as my Public Health interest in improving mental health and resilience of communities.

Caroline UmedaPhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California

As an occupational therapist, I have spent many years partnering with people with diverse abilities to foster health, well-being, and quality of life.  I am thrilled to merge my professional background with personal passions at the Resilience Lab. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with an incredible interdisciplinary team to nurture resilience, compassion, inclusion, and community at UW and beyond.


The University of Washington Resilience Lab (UWRL) began forming in the winter of 2015 as a space to discuss the strengths and challenges we have observed in UW student experiences as well as the concerns facing our community as a whole. Those conversations helped us realize national trends and put the UWRL’s work in alignment with concurrent ongoing efforts at other institutions, including partners at Harvard University and Stanford University whose work helped shape the initial development of the Lab. Today, we represent cross-campus collaborations between students, faculty, and staff who strive to develop resilience in ourselves and our community.

Our points of focus include:

  • Leading-edge research into students’ perceptions of internal and external resources available to them, as well as into the benefits of resilience behaviors and compassion;
  • Integrating resilience and compassion messaging and practices into preexisting programming run by Lab collaborators; and
  • Establishing new high-impact programming aimed at the Lab’s core message of learning through pushing oneself to the edge of one’s capabilities while normalizing the setbacks, struggles, and failures often experienced on that edge
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