Krista is a Board Certified Chaplain who has worked in healthcare for over 25 years in both adult and pediatric hospitals. Experiencing burnout and witnessing others burnout as well, she founded the Center in 2016 to transform healthcare into a more sustainable environment. Since then, she and her team have researched and developed practical, daily tools that restore medical professionals to their humanity. Krista has also spearheaded efforts to address the systemic factors that contribute to a toxic medical culture, such as improving team and organizational communication. She is a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion and co-designer of the Teacher Training for the course “Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities” with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She is a dynamic speaker, conference presenter, and thought leader in the field of wellness and resiliency.
Phoebe Long Franco/ Research Scientist
Phoebe received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. As the Research Scientist for the Center, she utilizes quantitative and qualitative methods to understand how resiliency interventions influence healthcare professionals’ well-being and professional fulfillment. She is a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion and a Teacher Trainer for the course, “Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities.” Her research and writing on self-compassion and resiliency can be read in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Self and Identity, Learning and Individual Differences, and the online magazine Greater Good.
Mya Murphey / Staff Support Coordinator
Mya Murphey is a Licensed Social Worker with ten years of experience in clinical assessment and crisis intervention. She previously supervised the Social Work team for Dell Children’s Emergency Department. At the Center for Resiliency, Mya assists in providing mental and emotional support for physicians, nurses and psychosocial teams with emphasis on group processing sessions, individual support and team building opportunities. When Mya is not at work, she spends time with her husband Eric and dog Rowena. She practices Muay Thai and is currently training for a half marathon!
TOMMI REEL / ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Tommi is the Administrative Assistant at the Center for Resiliency at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Tommi recently relocated to Austin and transitioned into the healthcare arena after spending much of her career supporting educators and families in a private school setting. Tommi is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a B.S. in business.
Marissa C. Knox / Researcher and Writer
Marissa C. Knox, PhD is a teacher, researcher, and writer focused on cultivating holistic well-being through self-compassion, emotional resilience, and connection to nature. She is currently teaching a course called Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Self at The University of Texas at Austin. As a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Marissa helps people embody their values and transform their relationships to self, work, and others. Marissa collaborates with companies and community organizations to create practical and relevant strategies for reducing stress and burnout and improving coping. She has facilitated self-compassion programming for healthcare professionals, educators, students, therapists, and parents, and enjoys supporting groups and individuals in applying these skills to their unique contexts.
The Center for Resiliency is a community of healthcare professionals and friends who believe in this work. We are who we are because of all of you. Countless have donated time and advice and suggestions and resources that have been incorporated into what you experience today.
Some have donated money. We’d like to thank the following individuals and couples for their generous financial contributions to ensure that we can continue to reach as many healthcare professionals as possible throughout the globe. We hope you will consider joining them.
The Family of Ben Breedlove
Rob Milman, Retired MD
Megyn Busse, MD in honor of Abraham M. Besserman, MD
Anonymous Major Donor, Business Entrepreneur
Julie Sanchez, MD
Celia Neavel, MD and Jose Cortez, MD
Carissa Barenblatt, Community Member
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