The Habit Institute provides a bridge from knowledge to behavior, empowering individuals and organizations to master their habits and routines using methods grounded in science and mindfulness practices. Research shows that nearly half of our daily actions are purely habitual. To achieve a sustainable balance of performance, productivity and wellness, it is essential to harness this power of habits. By providing effective and actionable trainings, clients immediately start applying and repeating methods that create new habits and replace unhelpful habits with tangible results.  


David Langner, M.A.
Founder and Behavioral Designer

David’s approach is grounded in neuroscience, behavioral science, and psychology, and emphasizes science-based habit building techniques combined with mindfulness practices. His graduate research focused on eastern and western habit formation theories. He has founded two small businesses, was a program manager at the Mind & Life Institute, and is currently lead Financial Habits Coach for the Community Investment Collaborative, supporting under-resourced entrepreneurs.  David brings over 12 years of institutional and university experience and leadership in project management, budgeting and operations oversight. He holds a master’s in Buddhist studies, and a bachelor’s in neuroscience.

Kristin Keimu Adolfson 
Creative Director

Kristin Keimu Adolfson is a graphic designer,  book artist, and letterpress printer. She founded Still Point Design Studio in 2003, a full service graphic design studio and workshop in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her design work has a simplicity and clarity of message that effectively communicates in an environment bombarded with images and information.  Kristin studied Media and Film at the University of Virginia, letterpress at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, and bookbinding at the School of Visual Arts. Her artist books have been exhibited across the U.S. and are part of various University and private collections. In her free time, she cooks with the bounty from her orchard and garden.

Scott Hamler
Marketing Director

Scott Hamler handles the marketing and manages social media for The Habit Institute ®. He runs his own business, Forezee Marketing Solutions, and is based in Albemarle County, Virginia. Scott is also the former Creative Services Director at NBC29 and has nearly two decades of experience in multimedia.  Scott is native to the Greater Charlottesville area, but has worked in markets all over the East Coast. Beyond his professional background, Scott is an active community member, serving on various local organizations. Scott met his wife, Shelly, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and they have a 3-year-old daughter, Zaya.