Alex Korb

Alex Korb, Ph.D.

Alex Korb is a neuroscientist, writer, and coach. He has studied the brain for over 20 years, and is the bestselling author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time which was translated into many languages. He earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brown University and then later completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA. He has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles on depression, neuromodulation, and other topics. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA in the department of psychiatry and bio-behavioural sciences as well as vice-president of research and development for BrainSonix.


Outside of the lab he writes a popular blog on how the tendencies of your brain can ruin or enrich your life. As a speaker, he educates, motivates, and inspires organizations to understand the neuroscience of wellbeing and put it into practice. As a consultant he works with companies and organizations to help them improve communication about neuroscience and enhance employee well-being. He has coached the UCLA Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team for over 15 years, and is a 3 time award winner for USA Ultimate’s Coach of the Year. His expertise extends into leadership and motivation, mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.