About the Program

The Mind and Life Fellows Program bestows honorary fellowships to a selected group of distinguished scientists, scholars, artists, and contemplative practitioners who have contributed significantly to the Mind and Life mission. Our Fellows form part of a close community to whom we turn for advice or recommendations about certain aspects of MLI’s mission and programs.

Among the benefits of being a Fellow include invitations to annual community-building events where Fellows can gather informally to network and share ideas. In addition, Mind and Life holds special receptions for Fellows at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies and other select events. And new in 2014 — we will be launching a Mentorship Program, through which senior members of our community can mentor applicants to our Varela Awards program, offering advice and feedback on proposals based on their experience in the field. Fellows will be able to opt into this program if they choose. We hope this will be a great way to continue to build our community, and foster the next generation of contemplative scholars!

Selection of Fellows

New Fellows are nominated semi-annually from among eligible candidates by the Research Advisory Council (RAC). Selections are made based on criteria decided by the RAC, and nominations are approved by the Board of Directors. Eligibility for the Fellows Program is based on:

  • Speaking at a Mind and Life event,
  • Service on a Mind and Life committee (planning, grant review, or other),
  • Academic partnership or collaboration on a Mind and Life initative, or
  • Attendance as a Senior Scholar in the Visiting Scholars Program.

From time to time, other exceptional members of our community who have made significant contributions to the fields of contemplative studies or contemplative science may also be nominated.

Newly Announced Fellows

Kent Berridge
Sarah Bowen
John Christopher
Monique Ernst
Wendy Farley
Lisa Feldman Barrett
Vibeke Asmussen Frank
Marc Lewis
John Makransky
Andrew Olendzki
Luiz Pessoa
Claire Petitmengin
Kim Schonert-Reichl
Pamela Seigle
Robert Sharf
Vicki Zakrzewski

List of Fellows

Adam Anderson, PhD
University of Toronto

Joanna Arch, PhD
University of Colorado-Boulder

Anthony Back, MD
University of Washington

Larry Barsalou, PhD
Emory University

Dan Batson, PhD
University of Kansas

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Virginia

Peter Baumann
The Baumann Foundation

Kent Berridge, PhD
University of Michigan

Michel Bitbol
École Polytechnique

Bhikku Bodhi, PhD
The Bodhi Monastery

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, PhD
West Virginia University

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Yale University

Willoughby Britton, PhD
Brown University

Sarah Bowen, PhD
University of Washington

John Canti, MA, MB, BChir

Linda Carlson, PhD
Univeristy of Calgary

Ram-Prasad Chakravarthi, DPhil
Lancaster University

Khen Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden
Gaden Shartse Monastery

John Christopher, PhD
Dartmouth College

George P. Chrousos, MD
University of Athens Medical School

Dekila Chungyalpa, MA
World Wildlife Fund

J. David Creswell, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University

Geshe Dorji Damdul
Tibet House

Richard Davidson, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sona Dimidjian, PhD
University of Colorado

James R. Doty, MD
Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
Stanford University

Andrew Dreitcer, PhD
Claremont School of Theology

Georges Dreyfus, PhD
Williams College

John Dunne, PhD
Emory University

Jacque Eccles, PhD
Univeristy of Michigan

Stuart Eisendrath, MD
Unversity of California-San Francisco

Paul Ekman, PhD
Paul Ekman Group (PEG) LLC
University of California-San Francisco

Adam Engle, JD
Mind & Life Institute

Elissah Eppel, PhD
Unversity of California-San Francisco

Monique Ernst, PhD
National Institute of Mental Health

Norman Farb, PhD
University of Toronto

Wendy Farley, PhD
Emory University

Ernst Fehr, PhD
University of Zürich

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD
Northeastern University

Brent Field, PhD
Princeton University

Wulstan Fletcher
Tsadra Foundation

Vibeke Asmussen Frank, PhD
Aarhus University

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD
University of North Carolina

David Fresco, PhD
Kent State University

Rahul Garg, PhD
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Eric Garland, PhD
University of Utah College of Social Work

Rip Gellein, MBA
Mind & Life Institute

Rupert Gethin, PhD
University of Bristol

Philippe Goldin, PhD
Stanford University

Joseph Goldstein
Insight Meditation Society

Daniel Goleman, PhD
Author, Psychologist

Sherryl Goodman, PhD
Emory University

Marcia Grabowecky, PhD
Northwestern University

Mark Greenberg, PhD
Pennsylvania State University

Joan Halifax, PhD, Roshi
Upaya Zen Center

Bill Harbaugh, PhD
University of Oregon

Anne Harrington, PhD
Harvard University

Maria Heim, PhD
Amherst College

Barry Hershey

Zara Houshmand
Mind & Life Institute

Carolyn Jacobs, PhD
Smith School of Social Work

Patricia Jennings, PhD
University of Virginia

Amishi Jha, PhD
University of Miami

Thupten Jinpa, PhD, Geshe
Institute for Tibetan Classics
McGill University

Bryce Johnson, PhD

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Rajesh Kasturirangan, PhD
National Institute of Advanced Studies, India

Al Kaszniak, PhD
University of Arizona

Catherine Kerr, PhD
Brown University

Anne Klein, PhD
Rice University

Christof Koch, PhD
California Institute of Technology
Allen Institute for Brain Science

Jack Kornfield, PhD
Insight Meditation Society
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Marc Lewis, PhD
Radboud University in Nijmegen

Linda Lantieri, MA
Inner Resilience Program

Richard Layard, PhD
London School of Economics

Geshe Lhakdor
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Diana Liverman, PhD
University of Arizona

Antoine Lutz, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Richard Maddock, MD
University of California-Davis

John Makransky, PhD
Boston College

Sara McClintock, PhD
Emory University

Sallie McFague, PhD
Vancouver School of Theology

David McMahan, PhD
Franklin & Marshall College

David E. Meyer, PhD
University of Michigan

Donald Morrison, MBA
Research in Motion

Yoshio Nakamura, PhD
University of Utah

Geshe Dadul Namgyal
Emory University

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD
Emory University

Lis Nielsen, PhD
National Institute of Aging

Gregory Norris, PhD
Harvard University

Andrew Olendzki, PhD
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Giuseppe Pagnoni, PhD
Emory University

Ken Paller, PhD
Northwestern University

Clare Palmer, DPhil
Texas A&M University

Luiz Pessoa, PhD
University of Maryland

Claire Petitmengin, PhD
École Polytechnique

Charles Raison, MD
University of Arizona

Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, PhD
Center for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science

Matthieu Ricard, PhD
Shechen Monastery

Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Pundarika Foundation

Robert Roeser, PhD
Portland State University

Erika Rosenberg, PhD
University of California-Davis

Harold Roth, PhD
Brown University

Bunker Roy
Barefoot College

Baljinder Sahdra, PhD
University of Western Sydney

Sharon Salzberg
Insight Meditation Society

Ngawang Samten, Geshe
Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies

Saki Santorelli, EdD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Cliff Saron, PhD
University of California–Davis

Zindel Segal, PhD
University of Toronto

Pamela Seigle
Center for Courage & Renewal

Bennett Shapiro, PhD
Merck Research Laboratories, (Retired)

Robert Sharf, PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Kim Schonert-Reichl, PhD
University of British Columbia

Joan Silk, PhD
University of California-Los Angeles

Tania Singer, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany

Michael Spezio, PhD
California Institute of Technology

Aaron Stern
Academy for the Love of Learning

P.N. Tandon, PhD
National Brain Research Centre, India

Evan Thompson, PhD
University of British Columbia

Hillary Tindle, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

John Tresch, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Jeanne Tsai, PhD
Stanford University

David Vago, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Martijn van Beek
University of Aarhus

William Waldron, PhD
Middlebury College

B. Alan Wallace, PhD
Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

Diana Chapman Walsh, PhD

Peter Wayne, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Helen Weng, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Carol Worthman, PhD
Emory University

Arthur Zajonc, PhD
Amherst College

Vicki Zakrzewski, PhD
Greater Good Science Center

Phil Zelazo, PhD
University of Minnesota