Kristine Klussman, PhD

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Dr. Kristine Klussman is a health psychologist, researcher, author, supervisor and speaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the founder and principal of the non-profit think tank Connection Lab, she leads a team of researchers exploring and publishing peer-reviewed research related to meaning-in-life, self-connection and the true self, as well as short-term, evidence-based interventions to achieve those goals. Dr. Klussman completed her PhD at PGSP and her doctoral training at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Behavioral Medicine, and her forthcoming book is entitled Connection: How to Find the Life You're Looking for in the Life You Have (Sounds True publishing, 2021).  Dr. Klussman founded and directed the Health Psychology Program and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at SF's California Pacific Medical Center, which relies on CBT-based therapies to offer integrated multi-disciplinary care to medical patients. She also designed the curriculum and implemented CBT training for medical residents at CPMC. Her clinical experience working within a CBT framework spans multiple institutions, from the Palo Alto VA—National Center for PTSD, Kaiser SF, Cambridge Hospital to Medical College of Virginia. Her private practice, in the Presidio area of SF, is dedicated to providing CBT treatments to a variety of patient populations.  For more information, visit

Talks and Lectures:

"The Key to a Life Well-Lived." Talk presented at TEDxNashville 2019 in Nashville, TN, USA. Video available:

"Connecting with Your Highest Priorities and Values in a Time of COVID-19." Webinar presented May 2020 at Palo Alto University. Video available:

Selected Publications:

Klussman, K., Curtin, N., Langer, J., & Nichols, A. L. (2020). Examining the effect of mindfulness on well-being: Self-connection as a mediator. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 14(e5), 1-7, doi:10.1017/prp.2019.29

Klussman, K., Nichols, A. L., & Langer, J. (2020). A longitudinal examination of the effect of daily emotions on mental health: The moderating role of meaning salience. Journal of Anxiety & Depression, 3(2):126.

Klussman, K., Lindeman, M. H., Nichols, A. L., & Langer, J. (2020). Fostering stress resilience among business students: The role of stress mindset and self-connection. Psychological Reports.  Klussman, K., Langer, J., Nichols, A. L., & Curtin, N. (2020). What’s stopping us from connecting with ourselves? A qualitative examination of barriers to self-connection. International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 5(3), 137-152. doi: 10.1007/s41042-020-00031-x.

Klussman, K., Nichols, A. L., Langer, J., & Curtin, N. (2020). Does Positive Affect Lead to Perceptions of Meaning in Life? The Moderating Role of Self-connection. European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 4, 7, 1-11,

Klussman, K., Nichols, A. L., & Langer, J. (2020). The role of self-connection in the relationship between mindfulness and meaning: A longitudinal examination. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 12(3), 636-659. doi:10.1111/aphw.12200

Klussman, K., Nichols, A. L., Langer, J., & Curtin, N. (2020). Connection and disconnection as predictors of mental health and well-being. International Journal of Wellbeing, 10(2), 89-100. doi:10.5502/ijw.v10i2.855. Available at:

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