Octavia H. Zahrt

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PhD Program, Organizational Behavior
PhD Program Office
Graduate School of Business
Stanford University
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Octavia H. Zahrt

I am a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. I am interested in innovative ways to help people thrive at work and beyond by leveraging the psychology of mindsets, organizational communication, and technology.
Faculty Advisors
Jeffrey Pfeffer Alia Crum
Research Statement
My dissertation focuses on activity adequacy mindsets – people’s mindsets that their level of physical activity is adequate or inadequate, and thus beneficial or harmful to their health. First, I show that people’s activity adequacy mindsets predict longevity, regardless of how active people actually are. Second, I examine how common behavior change interventions (e.g., guidelines, wearable fitness trackers, social comparison) can influence these mindsets, sometimes with unintended adverse consequences. Third, I’m conducting a longitudinal field experiment to investigate the cognitive, affective, behavioral and physiological processes through which mindset shape health and wellbeing. In another line of research, I examine how organizational cultures of diversity and inclusion can enable employees from all social backgrounds to thrive. My dissertation committee includes Alia Crum, Jeff Pfeffer, Ashley Martin, James Landay, Mike Baiocchi, and Jeff Hancock.
Research Interests
health and wellbeing
organizational psychology
mindset
diversity and inclusion
Last Updated 1 Jul 2019