Dr. Raphaela O’Day is a behavior change expert with 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience spanning research, clinical service delivery, solution development and deployment. Now, as a Senior Performance Coach and Innovation Catalyst at Human Performance Institute, Raphaela brings her diverse background and experience to help individuals and groups optimize professional and personal effectiveness.
Prior to joining Human Performance Institute, Raphaela was the Senior Manager of Science Standards in Healthcare Innovation within Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions. Here, Raphaela focused on applying evidence-based behavior change strategies across solution development and deployment. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Raphaela managed and led research in addiction and mental illness at the University of Michigan. Further research and academic work spanned immunology, cancer prevention and treatment in addition to extensive clinical and assessment services for children, adolescents, adults and couples.
Raphaela has published several research articles, contributed to book chapters and is a frequent speaker, presenting on topics including behavior science, behavior change, human motivation and individual, patient and provider engagement at national and international conferences. She holds a B.S. in Human Physiology with an additional focus in Psychology from Michigan State University. She earned an M.A. in School & Community Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience from Wayne State University.
Raphaela was born and raised in Germany. She enjoys hiking, camping and being outdoors with her husband and daughter. As a former classical ballet dancer, Raphaela also loves finding ways to remain connected to the art.