Kristen Holmes

WHOOP's VP of Performance Science and Principal Scientist

Kristen Holmes merges academic expertise with practical insights in athletics and coaching to pioneer breakthroughs in human physiology. Her research explores the intricate connections between sleep, circadian rhythms, recovery methods, and load management, empowering elite teams and professionals to optimize training using WHOOP data. Kristen's decorated athletic background and coaching success enhance her role as a beacon of innovation and excellence in performance science.

As Vice President of Performance Science and Principal Scientist, Kristen blends her academic and applied background in athletics, coaching, performance technology, psychology, and exercise physiology to drive research, partnership, and product development initiatives to strengthen WHOOP as a leader in Human Performance. Kristen's research is focused on understanding the effect of sleep, circadian, recovery, and load behaviors on our physical, mental, and emotional resilience. 

Additionally, Kristen works with hundreds of the best tactical, professional, surgical teams, corporate, and NCAA Athlete Teams in the world, helping them interpret WHOOP data to optimize training, recovery, and sleep and circadian behavior.  

Kristen was a 3x All American, 2x Big 10 Athlete of the year at the University of Iowa, competing in both Field Hockey and Basketball, and a 2021 University of Iowa Hall of Fame Inductee. 7-year member of the U.S. National Field Hockey Team and one of the most successful coaches in Ivy League history, having won 12 league titles in 13 seasons and a National Championship at Princeton University. 

Kristen has an MIT Sloan Artificial Intelligence Certificate, M.A. Psychology, and Sports Performance, B.A., Political Science, University of Iowa, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Queensland. Kristen serves as a Science Advisor to Levels Health, Science Advisor to Arena Labs, Advisor to Evolve Leadership, a Performance Ambassador to Liminal Collective, and sits on the Tactical Leadership Board of Sports Innovation Lab.