Cultivating the best in the human spirit


After all these years I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.

—Rachel Naomi Remen


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Jamie Kyra O’Keeffe, Ph.D., is a researcher, educator and meditator committed to cultivating the best in the human spirit. Jamie Kyra’s research focuses on student stress at top universities, where seeking success as an end in itself can come with great personal and interpersonal costs.

She currently teaches a writing course at Stanford University—"The Rhetoric of Success"—that draws heavily from this research and challenges students to interrogate the meaning of success and its impact on their decisions and relationships. Jamie also teaches courses on mindfulness, self-compassion and love as a source of personal healing and social change.

Jamie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Middlebury College, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Mind, Brain and Education, and a Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.