In 2021, Jennifer Huberty left her post in academia to become the first full-time head of science at Calm. She set about building a team to beef up the multibillion dollar meditation app’s bonafides, hiring researchers from Harvard, Brown, and other prestigious institutions.
A year later, Huberty has departed the company to strike out on her own as a scientific consultant for digital health companies, and the future of her science team and the company’s broader research efforts is unclear. Two members of the staff Huberty hired have indicated on social media that they are looking for new jobs, and links to the team’s biographies have been removed from the Calm Science website. The disruption at Calm Science follows a shakeup at the company, which laid off about 20% of its staff in August, less than a month after Calm’s founders stepped back and a new CEO was named.