About Happy Brain Science
We are passionate about the science of happy, productive brains.
Happier employees and leaders are more effective, engaged, resilient, creative, social, and productive – all crucial factors in organizational success. We are passionate about collaborating with innovative companies who want to be on the forefront of leveraging science to do better work, whether they are brand new start-ups or established leaders in their industry.
This is an incredibly exciting time for innovative companies who want to level up their game. In recent decades, Ph.D. researchers have been doing peer-reviewed studies of happiness and optimal brain function at universities including Harvard, University of California, and many others.
Scientific breakthroughs and paradigm-shifts in neuroscience and positive psychology have delivered insights into the human brain that can and should inform the way we build organizations today.
For more about the scientists and their work, please see the recommended reading list.
We offer speaking, coaching and consulting in a variety of topics.
We offer free resources to support our services and guide self-growth.
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Meet the Team
As the Founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science, Scott Crabtree empowers individuals and organizations to apply findings from cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology to boost productivity and happiness at work.
His repeat clients include DreamWorks, Nike, Kaiser-Permanente, Boeing, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, and NBC. His insights have been quoted in Fast Company, Inc., InfoWorld, Fortune, and VentureBeat among many other publications.
In his 30+ year career, Scott has served as a leader in game development and software engineering. He’s founded startups and worked at a variety of technology companies large and small. In early 2012, he resigned his position as Tech Strategist at Intel to pursue his passion full time: helping people apply science to be happier and more successful.
Scott holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College.
When he is not immersed in scientific data or coaching executives, he loves spending time with his wife and two young daughters, especially in nature, and also enjoys playing with his band. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
With more than 16 years of experience in software development–as well as project, people, and customer support management–Cathy has found joy in applying her strengths for Happy Brain Science. She loves to help out people and teams by understanding their needs and working with them to get to a unique solution that is a win for everyone concerned.
An experienced presenter and facilitator based in Cebu, Philippines, Cathy presents Happy Brain Science sessions in Asia and around the world.
Truly a busy bee, she also works as a project manager in a software solutions and IT company on top of being part of a writing group, a wife to her husband of more than 13 years, and a mom of two highly energetic boys.
Kim brings 15+ years of nonprofit program management experience to her role—including extensive partnerships with schools, businesses, and government agencies—which she uses to provide insights about organizational needs.
As a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), she’s excited to offer individual personal & professional coaching. She’d love to connect further if you’re interested!
She also provides significant on-site support for Happy Brain Science. From helping Scott prepare for speaking engagements to fulfilling orders of Choose Happiness @ Work, Kim oversees a wide range of systems to keep things running smoothly.
She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to work 32 hours per week as part of cultivating life/work balance. For the “life” part of the equation, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games, volunteering, and semi-playing the piano (featuring pop hits of the 80’s).
Kristen Toohill believes that games are powerful tools for organizational development. She writes books that use the interactivity and immersion of games to solve issues that face organizations today, such as reducing unconscious bias and learning 21st century human skills.
She and Scott Crabtree co-authored a book titled All Work & Some Play: Future-Proof Your Career through Games, which explores the why and how of play at work (released March 2020).
Kristen has worked in the video game industry as a Quality Assurance Tester and SCRUM Master on an MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game). She has also done organizational development + games work for Green Tree Games and Revelian. Additionally, she has performed qualitative research within the technological mining and comic book industries.
Kristen received her Master’s degree in Business Innovation from Northeastern University and her Bachelor’s in Humanistic Psychology and Business Management from Lesley University. Currently, Kristen is a doctoral student in the Leadership PsyD program at William James College.