Jeannette Maré, PhD

Director, Science of Kindness Community Collective
Research Professor, Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families
Jeannette Mare

McClelland Park Room 235 M
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078

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Jeannette Maré (pronounced Mar-ay) is the Director of the Science of Kindness Community Collective at the University of Arizona. Her path to becoming a community-engaged kindness researcher was a long and winding one. Jeannette’s world changed drastically after the sudden death of her son in 2002. In the incredible grief of losing Ben, learning and sharing about the lifesaving, world-changing power of kindness became her sole focus. With her heart broken open, she founded Ben’s Bells, a nonprofit that inspires and teaches the intentional practice of kindness. Now a research professor at the University of Arizona, Jeannette leads a research collaborative exploring how to increase kindness in interpersonal relationships, organizations, and communities.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Communication, University of Arizona, 2023
  • Master of Arts, Linguistics, Gallaudet University, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, University of Arizona, 1989
Research Focus

Communicating kindness

Interpersonal, intergroup, and organizational kindness intervention development, implementation and evaluation

Health communication

Social influence

Communication and leadership

School and workplace climate and culture