Founder of Social Health Labs
San Francisco, CA

“The pandemic has cast a spotlight on isolation and loneliness for people of all ages. It’s not just social scientists like me worrying about their health effects — it’s every person who’s had to shelter in place.” 


Kasley Killam, MPH, is a social scientist, community builder and public health consultant who specializes in social health: the dimension of well-being that comes from connection and community. She holds a Master’s from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, where she focused on solutions to the loneliness epidemic. Formerly, she led community engagement and strategic partnerships at Verily (Google Life Sciences), conducted research on mental health and positive psychology, and developed an award-winning campaign to promote empathy and compassion.

Kasley is a frequent expert commentator and an international keynote speaker for organizations like Google and Stanford University. Her writing and ideas are featured in Scientific American and Psychology Today, where she writes the Social Health Blog. She has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and invited to the White House during the Obama presidency.

Kasley is an active member of the AARP Massachusetts Task Force to End Loneliness & Build Community. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Living Campaign, a nonprofit that reduces loneliness among older adults in San Francisco, and collaborates on the National Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness. Learn more at kasleykillam.com.

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