Kristen Lee Costa, EdD
EdD (Organizational Leadership Studies), Northeastern University
MSW (Social Work), Boston University
Kristen Lee Costa is an Assistant Teaching Professor for behavioral sciences in the undergraduate program and in the Doctor of Education program. Dr. Costa’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being, stress, and resilience, particularly for underserved and marginalized populations.
In 2013, Dr. Costa presented “What Types of Support Do Urban Schoolteachers Need to Increase Their Resiliency?” at the University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference. Her presentation explored the possibility of educators adopting a model of mentoring based on professional social work supervision to promote social justice principles and to prevent burnout amongst new teachers.
Dr. Costa is a recipient of the 2012 Northeastern University College of Professional Studies Teaching Excellence Award. She has served as a U.S. federal grant panel reviewer for the Department of Minority Affairs and the Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and as panel chair for the Department of Health and Human Services. She is a Massachusetts-licensed independent clinical social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Costa founded Helping Helpers, providing organizational consultingand running a private practice where she specializes in preventing and treating professional burnout.
Previously, Dr. Costa was an instructor at the University of Massachusetts and a resource developer and clinician for a social services agency in Fall River, Massachusetts.