Dr. Alia Crum is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, previously working as an adjunct professor of management and as a postdoctoral scholar at Columbia Business School. Alia received her PhD from Yale University and BA degree from Harvard University.

Ali’s research focuses on how changes in subjective mindsets—the lenses through which information is perceived, organized, and interpreted—can alter objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms. Her work is, in part, inspired by research on the placebo effect, a notable and consistent demonstration of the ability of the mindset to elicit healing properties in the body. She is interested in understanding how mindsets affect important outcomes outside the realm of medicine, in the domains of behavioral health and organizational behavior. More specifically, Alia aims to understand how mindsets can be consciously and deliberately changed through intervention to affect organizational and individual performance, physiological and psychological well-being, and interpersonal effectiveness.

In addition to her academic research and teaching, Alia has worked as a clinical psychologist for the VA healthcare system and as an organizational trainer and consultant, creating, delivering, and evaluating workshops on conflict and stress management to organizations including UBS, Colgate Palmolive and the Navy SEALS. Her work was recently featured on NPR’s Morning Edition.


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There is a strong and growing body of research which shows stress can enhance performance, health and well-being. Powerful new research from GoodThinkInc and Yale shows that training a group of stressed employees to see the enhancing benefits of stress enabled them to significantly reduce stress-related health symptoms such as headaches, backaches, insomnia and hypertension and significantly increase their productivity and work performance. This highly interactive training program, including review of some online pre-training videos, contains all the essential elements used in those Yale studies. This talk will enable employees and management to take the stress they have in their life and turn it into something that is enhancing to performance, physical health and psychological growth.

Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach – NPR April, 2014

Alia Crum at TEDx on Mindset Matters

“Alia really had passion for the subject and offered her own experiences to show relevance of topics in everyday life.”

“Alia had great enthusiasm and went out of her way to get to know [us]…Great work!”