Dr. Raphaela O’Day

Senior Performance Coach & Innovation Catalyst

Human Performance Institute®

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.

Speaker Questionnaire
What is the biggest thing you learned in 2020?

What do you feel are the two most important benefits or areas that need to be a top priority in 2021?

Can you share a story on an area of your healthcare program or employee benefits where you were able to create significant savings or stop costs from rising?

If you could automatically receive a 10-20% reduction in costs in three areas/programs, what would your dream list be?

What is the most innovative program you will focus on in 2021 and/or 2022?

How are you re-imagining corporate culture & well-being?

What virtual care solutions did you roll out during the pandemic? How valuable were they and why?

If you look at our 3 Moonshots - Costs, Culture, and Care; In one sentence, tell us what would be something positive for us to take from 2020 and bring into this new year?

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1 Conference. 3 Moonshots.


Moonshot #1​

Reduce employer healthcare and benefits costs by 25% by 2025.​



Moonshot #2​

Reimagine engagement and well-being.



Moonshot #3

Provide 40% of healthcare services virtually and through technology by 2025.​


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