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About Quality of Life eXperiments

What is QoLx?

QoLx stands for Quality of Life eXperiments. We are providing innovative new methods for improving mental health and wellbeing around the world. We take complex research available to adults and translate it into easy-to-understand lessons for kids of all ages.

Our Vision

A peaceful planet with humans who have tools to achieve the highest Quality of Life possible, using their minds to creatively solve problems.

Who/what are SquidMinders?

SquidMinders are the people and things that remind us to be more mindful, every day, especially in stressful situations. Everyone at QoLx tries to be SquidMinders for ourselves and each other. Here at QoLx we make lots of SquidMinder objects and experiments you can use to maximize your QoL.

Our Community

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    Melissa Ganus, EdD, MBA (aka Dr. Mel aka Dr. SQUID)

    Dr. Mel has dedicated herself to helping reduce suffering and improve quality of life and works tirelessly to find ways to make that easier. She is best known for her enthusiasm and experience in creative problem solving, nonprofit projects, learning design, and impact assessment. Learn more about Dr. Mel’s current interests by checking out her Facebook page.
    Facebook - Twitter - LinkedIn - Instagram - Quora - Patreon - Meetup - LinkedIn

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    Philip Zimbardo, PhD

    Dr. Philip Zimbardo is one of our greatest inspirations and supporters, co-authoring with us on SQUID and other heroic works. He is most known for directing the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971 and was a former president of the American Psychological Association. As one of the most influential figures in contemporary psychology, his involvement is a constant source of encouragement.


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    Alejandra Levy

    Alejandra Levy has brought a whole new level of inclusivity to SQUIDminders, helping with our translations into Spanish and other languages, and performing as Profesora Pulpo.

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    Dr. Zanna Smith, aka (Dr. Zasm)

    Dr. Zanna has a lifetime of experiences to draw from when she works with clients, from her breadth of work in visual and performing arts and her many years advising students, administrators and healthcare professionals. She recently completed her PhD in Psychology at Walden University, with intensive research on resiliency to compassion fatigue.

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    Brandy Thomas


    Brandy is a professional editor who lives and works in Marquette, Michigan. As part of the QoL team she makes sure the “i”s are dotted and the “t”s are crossed. She edits across the publishing spectrum including, but not limited to children’s books, novels, and PhD dissertations. In addition to editing the written word, she is an audiobook narrator and editor. When she is not refining other’s words, she writes poetry and short fiction, quilts, and is a musician.

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    Stacey Quigley
    Graphic Artist

    Stacey is the graphic artist and creator leading our art department. She brings her brilliance to the illustrations and layouts of our print and online content. Her passion for psychology and mental health is the driving factor for her boundless creativity.


    Astrology Art

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    Joshua Basabe
    Webmaster/Executive Assistant

    Joshua is a third-year student at California State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. He works as a SQUIDminder with Dr Mel, aiding in website development and troubleshooting. He also contributes to the development of the SQUID Your Brain Book. Joshua aspires to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

  • Lukasz Garczewski
    Executive Consultant

    Lukasz is an experienced executive, Agile project manager, and communicator. He supports us by facilitating our goal setting and strategic planning, advising on how we can collaborate better as a team, and suggesting and deploying the best digital tools to make our work more efficient and impactful. When not helpng shape our team, Lukasz writes haiku, slam poetry, and D&D adventures.

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    William de Melo
    Research Fellow/Executive Assistant

    William is a fourth-year student at Soka University of America, based in Aliso Viejo, California. As a research fellow, he studies the efficacy of SQUIDminding, and as an executive assistant, he directly assists Dr. Mel in various organizational and administrative tasks. He aspires to earn a PhD in social psychology.

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    Vaibhav Kumar
    Marketing Consultant

    Vaibhav is the marketing consultant and social media handler for QoL Experiments, who believes in making this cause people-centric. He has done his bachelors in Business Administration specializing in Marketing and Sales and going for higher studies in Paris, France for MSc in Marketing from “Kedge Business School”. Apart from his professional life he writes poems and plays the strings.


  • Julia Gomez, MEd  (aka “Jules”)
    Julia Gomez, MEd (aka “Jules”)
    Research & Development Engineer

    Jules is our energizer bunny, intensely focused on getting things done for every project. With a depth of research and experience in applied behavioral analysis, she is adept at helping people use tools and methods to make progress on immediate and long term goals. A world traveler and minimalist, she helps everyone see life as an adventure.
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  • Priya Dharshini, MSC Marketing
    Priya Dharshini, MSC Marketing
    Graphic Design & Special Projects

    Priya is leading our efforts to share QoL Experiments in India, where she is a fellow at Make a Difference. She loves graphic design and the power of good imagery to convey ideas. She completed her Masters in Marketing at the University of Wales in Singapore. Priya’s first visit to the United States has been a spectacular adventure and she looks forward to returning as often as possible.

  • Rocco Petrongolo, BS CS  (aka “The Rocc”)
    Rocco Petrongolo, BS CS (aka “The Rocc”)
    Software Consultant & Project Manager

    Rocco is our most tenacious problem solver. He is acting as technical lead and project manager at QoL. Rocco continues to take on software consulting and development roles in the IT market.

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