Shibeal O’ Flaherty is the Program Manager for the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group (BIG), where she coordinates activities for 40 faculty members and over 1000 students who are applying principles of behavioral insights to public policy issues. She is interested in behavioral science generally, and more specifically the applications of behavioral science to public health issues, including end-of-life decision-making, wellbeing and happiness, and mental health. Shibeal received her MA Psychology (First Class Honors) from the University of Aberdeen in 2015, where she conducted her thesis on “Signing Your Life Away: Advance Directive Decision-Making in Young Individuals”. After graduation she went on to work as a Research Assistant at the Gilbert Lab at the Harvard Psychology Department. She has also worked on a study investigating the emotions and quality of life of patients with Multiple Sclerosis, and a meta-analysis on the incidence of schizophrenia in offspring who have at least one parent with the disease.
Shibeal is currently working on a project involving the impact of active (or “green”) commuting on wellbeing and health outcomes with Professor Ashley Whillans at Harvard Business School.