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Empowerment Neuroscience

We study how interpersonal trauma and cultural biases shape our brains and how we can unlock our full human potential.

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Research Mission

Our goal is to understand how social factors such as interpersonal trauma and cultural biases impact brain function and mental health outcomes. With this knowledge, we develop evidence-based interventions to elevate work productivity, team performance, and well-being. We are passionate about embracing authenticity and vulnerability, and leveraging adverse experiences towards self-growth and achieving one’s full potential. 


How can we reshape the way we learn, teach, communicate, negotiate and deliver a political speech to unlock our full human potential? We integrate methods from neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, computer science, and design innovation research to uncover answers to this question. By embracing individual differences, we discern the pivotal social and environmental factors that empower leadership to drive structural change. 


We are excited for new research collaborations with academia and industry.

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Our research relies on generous philanthropic donations from individuals and foundations.

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We are facilitating evidence-based workshops to empower leaders from diverse backgrounds.

Empowerment workshops

Recent Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Balters for receiving the 2023 Stanford JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Champion Award for her dedicated work on empowering women scientists at Stanford University.

DEI Award

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Balters for receiving her K99/R00 Pathways to Independence Award from the National Institute of Mental Health titled “Towards elucidating PTSD pathogenesis with ultra-portable and low-cost neuroimaging.”

NIH Pathway to Independence Award

Recent Press

Stanford SCOPE

For better video meetings, try taking turns talking

90 Seconds with Lisa Kim

The neuroscience behind appreciation


Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research
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Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305

phone: (650) 798-7982

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