Dr. Ann Hsing is a professor of medicine at Stanford University and co-leader of the population Sciences Program at Stanford Cancer Institute. She is also a professor at Stanford Prevention Research Center and in the Department of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology, by courtesy). In addition, Dr. Hsing is a faculty fellow for the Center for Innovation in Global Health as well as the Center for Population Health Sciences (PHS) at Stanford Medicine, where she chairs the Pacific Rim Alliance for Population Health, a new multidisciplinary initiative aimed at improving health in the Pacific Rim. Prior to joining Stanford Medicine, Dr. Hsing served as Chief Scientific Officer at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, a role she assumed after retiring from her post as a tenured intramural investigator at the National Cancer Institute where she served for 23 years. Dr. Hsing received her PhD in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University and her master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of California at Los Angeles. At Stanford, she serves as the Principal Investigator of WELL Asia, including longitudinal cohorts in China, Taiwan, and Singapore to investigate socio-behavioral, biochemical, and molecular determinants of well-being. Dr. Hsing has published over 295 peer-reviewed papers and mentored over 65 post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty. In addition to science, Dr. Hsing’s passion is training the next generation of scientists and helping young people succeed in realizing their dreams.
As the leader in well-being research,Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) defines well-being as the holistic synthesis of a person’s biological, psychological, and spiritual experiences, resulting from interplay between individuals and their social, economic, and physical environments, that promote living a fulfilling life. Our vision is to improve and sustain health and well-being globally and our mission is to accelerate the science to enhance well-being. To accomplish this, we established the Stanford WELL for Life Study, an international study that uses novel methods to define, assess, and promote the multiple dimensions of well-being in the U.S. and globally. The Stanford WELL for Life Study uses a data-driven approach to define and measure well-being, identify factors related to well-being, and evaluate the impact of interventions on well-being. Currently, there are five study sites—the San Francisco Bay Area, China (Hangzhou), Taiwan (Taipei), Singapore, and Thailand (Bangkok)—with more than 24,000 individuals enrolled to date. We have collected data on 400-1,000 variables per individual and obtained biospecimens from 80% of participants for future molecular investigations. To assess well-being, SPRC developed a de novo multi-dimension survey (the Stanford WELL for Life Scale) that measures ten domains of well-being and a total well-being score. These ten domains, which emerged from our unique and extensive qualitative data, include: social connectedness, lifestyle and daily practices, stress and resilience, experience of emotions, physical health, purpose and meaning, sense of self, financial security and satisfaction, spirituality and religiosity, exploration and creativity. At the PHIND seminar, I will share with you the genesis and evolution of the Stanford WELL for Life Study and our exciting preliminary data.