Past Summer Research Institute Faculty

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Bridget Hamre, Ph.D.

Bridget Hamre is Associate Director of University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Dr. Hamre’s areas of expertise include student-teacher relationships and classroom processes that promote positive academic and social development for young children and she has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts on these topics. This work documents the ways in which early teacher-child relationships are predictive of later academic and social development and the ways in which exposure to high-quality classroom social and instructional interactions may help close the achievement gap for students at risk of school failure. With Drs. Robert Pianta and Karen La Paro, Dr. Hamre authored an observational tool for classrooms called the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). She leads efforts to use the CLASS as an assessment, accountability, and professional development tool in early childhood and other educational settings. She has recently worked with leaders in several states and the Office of Head Start to implement CLASS as a tool to enhance teacher-child interactions through accountability and professional development systems. Most recently, Dr. Hamre has engaged in the development and testing of interventions designed to improve the quality of teachers’ interactions with students– including MyTeaching Partner and a 14-week course developed for early childhood teachers. Dr. Hamre received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her masters and doctorate in clinical and school psychology from the University of Virginia.

Roshi Joan HalifaxRoshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 while teaching at the University of Miami Medical School. She has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions, including Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, and University of Virginia Medical School, Duke University Medical School, University of Connecticut Medical School, among many others. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.

From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners. For the past 25 years, she has been active in environmental work. She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and was a teacher in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman.

A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on applied Buddhism. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness; Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; Being with Dying: Compassionate End-of-Life Care (Professional Training Guide) and Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. She is a Lindisfarne Fellow and Co-director of the Fellowship and a Mind and Life Board member.

Anne Harrington Anne Harrington, Ph.D.

Anne Harrington, Ph.D., Chair, is Harvard College Professor and Professor for the History of Science, specializing in the history of psychiatry, neuroscience, and the other mind and behavioral sciences.

Professor Harrington received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Oxford University, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, and the University of Freiburg in Germany. For six years, she co-directed Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative. She also was a consultant for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions. Currently she serves on the Board of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to cross-cultural dialogue between Buddhism and the science. She is also co-editor of Biosocieties, a journal concerned with social science approaches to the life sciences.

Professor Harrington is the author of three books: Medicine, Mind and the Double Brain (1987), Reenchanted Science (1997) and The Cure Within; A History of Mind-Body Medicine (2007) She has also published many articles and produced a range of edited collections including The Placebo Effect (1997), Visions of Compassion (2000), and The Dalai Lama at MIT (2006). She is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled, When Minds Fall Ill. Other research interests include the history of the neurological case history, and especially changing interests in the “inner world” of brain disorder; and the origins and larger significance of current visions of partnership between Buddhism and the brain sciences – so-called “contemplative neuroscience.”

Professor Harrington’s courses at Harvard include Historical Studies A-87, “Madness and Medicine,” HS 177, “Stories under the Skin,” HS 176, “Evolution and Human Nature,” HS 171, “Narrative and Neurology,” HS 273, “Freud and the American Academy,” HS 275, “The Minded Body,” and HS 278, “In Search of Mind” (graduate). She also teaches and oversees the required research methods course for History and Science undergraduates (HS 98, “methods boot camp”), and oversees the department’s undergraduate track in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. Finally, she and her husband, John Durant (at MIT) co-teach a Harvard Summer School study abroad program in London, on the history of Victorian science, medicine, and engineering.

Diego Hangartner, Pharm.D.

Diego Hangartner completed his studies in pharmacy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), with a special interest in psychoactive drugs and their effects on the mind. After finishing his studies, he set up a drug company and then ran a pharmacy in Zürich. Having been interested in shamanism, their use of drugs, and the role of ritual for healing, he then worked in the field of drug addiction. Working in these areas reinforced his interest in understanding mind and consciousness. After encountering Buddhist methodology of investigating the mind, he then spent 11 years in Dharamsala, India. He learned Tibetan and then studied for 7 years at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics. During those years he did several retreats, and worked as a translator and interpreter for resident lamas in Dharamsala and abroad, translating Tibetan into English, German, French and Spanish. There, he also led science workshops with Tibetan monks.

After returning to Europe in 2003, he taught widely. He was General Secretary of the extended visits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Switzerland 2005 and in Hamburg 2007, and many other events with the Dalai Lama. Diego translated and published the German version of Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara from Tibetan, and participated as a translator in other publications and productions. He has been associated with Mind and Life since the late 1990′s, both as a participant as well as in organizational matters. Presently, Diego is COO of Mind and Life, and Director of Programs, Research and International.

Maria Heim, Ph.D.

Maria Heim is an associate professor of Buddhist Studies at Amherst College, where she has taught since 2003. She also taught at California State University, Long Beach, before joining Amherst. She received her Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard University in 1999, and holds an undergraduate degree from Reed College. She received a Guggenheim grant for her current book project on Buddhist theories of intention. Her area of specialization is Theravada Buddhism, and she works on Pali textual sources. Her current work focuses on moral psychology, emotions, and agency, particularly in the thought of the 5th century Theravada scholar, Buddhaghosa.

David Hykes David Hykes, MFA

David Hykes, (MFA, Columbia University) is a composer, singer, and teacher of contemplative music and meditation. He directs the Harmonic Presence Foundation which since 1981 has explored resonant relationships between mind, music, and the medicine of healing harmonization. He was the first westerner to study and collaborate with musician-practitioners from Tibet, Tuva, and Mongolia, giving concerts for H.H. the Dalai Lama and Rangjung Yeshe Institute, and with the Gyuto and Gyume Monks. In 1975 he founded Harmonic Chant, an approach to “the music of the spheres” based on the harmonic series, as found in all music, and throughout the universe since the Big Bang (as the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB). His teachers are Tsoknyi Rinpoché and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoché.

He is a noted “sacred cinema” composer (Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s “Travellers and Magicians; John Bush’s “Journey into Buddhism”; “Baraka;” Peter Brook’s “Meetings with Remarkable Men”…) Hykes’s work has been honored by UNESCO, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Edwards Art Fund, the Threshold Foundation and with a Fellowship from the Flying Elephants Foundation. Hykes has released 11 albums, several with his pioneering group The Harmonic Choir, including “Hearing Solar Winds,” the best-selling “throat-singing” album of all time. The Foundation maintains a research and retreat center in France. Hykes gives concerts, seminars, and master classes, and leads contemplative music & meditation retreats in countries around the world.

For information, please visit www.harmonicpresence.org

Amishi P. JhaAmishi P. Jha, Ph.D.

Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from University of California-Davis in 1998, and received her post-doctoral training in the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University (Durham, NC) in functional neuroimaging. Her research centers on the cognitive neuroscience of attention and working memory. Using functional MRI, electroencephalography (EEG), and behavioral measures she has demonstrated that there are two complementary processes that aid “tuning” attention systems to better maintain information over time. There is an active effortful enhancement of neural representations of items that should be maintained in working memory (the memory items), as well as a selective suppression of items that may be very distracting and lead to memory errors.

Recently she has begun to explore how these tuning features may be damaged in disorders of attention, such as ADHD. In addition, she is conducting an NIH-R21 funded project to investigate if attention training may lead to improvements in attentional tuning. Specifically, she will examine the role of mindfulness meditation training in altering functioning of alerting, orienting, and conflict monitoring subsystems of attention.

Patricia Jennings

Patricia Jennings is the Director of the Initiative on Contemplation and Education at the Garrison Institute and a faculty researcher in the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University. Dr. Jennings received her doctorate in human development from the University of California, Davis and completed postdoctoral training at the Health Psychology Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she directed the Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) Project, a randomized controlled clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of the CEB training. This training, combining contemplative practice with emotional awareness training, is designed to reduce destructive emotional responses, while enhancing compassion, and empathy. She is currently developing a new training called Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) based upon CEB that is designed more specifically for teachers and she is conducting research to examine how promoting social and emotional competence among teachers may translate into improved teacher-student relationships, increased student pro-social behavior, a more positive classroom atmosphere and improved student academic performance. In addition to psychological research, Dr. Jennings has over 22 years of research and teaching experience in the field of education. After receiving a master’s degree in education, she founded and directed an experimental school where she developed and field-tested curriculum for children from infancy through 5th grade, applying a variety of contemplative approaches that come from alternative educational approaches such as Montessori and Waldorf in her work. She later served as Director of Intern Teachers at St. Mary’s College Graduate School of Education in Moraga, California, where she taught education courses, supervised student research, developed teacher training curriculum, and supervised student teacher training.

Jon Kabat-Zinn Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D,. is founder and former executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic, where mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) originated. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria.

His research since 1979 has focused on mind/body interactions for healing and on the clinical applications and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness meditation training for people with chronic pain and stress-related disorders, including a work-site study of the effects of MBSR on the brain and how it processes emotions, particularly under stress, and on the immune system (in collaboration with Dr. Richard Davidson). He has trained groups from a wide variety of professions in mindfulness.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn is a founding fellow of the Fetzer Institute, and a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He received the Art, Science, and Soul of Healing Award from the Institute for Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco (1998), the 2nd Annual Trailblazer Award for “pioneering work in the field of integrative medicine” from the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California (2001), the Distinguished Friend Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2005), and an Inaugural Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award from the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (2007).

Dr. Kabat-Zinn is the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and a member of the Board of the Mind and Life Institute. He was co-program chair of the 2005 Mind and Life Dialogue: The Clinical Applications of Meditation, held in Washington DC.

He is the author and co-author of many books about mindful living, including Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, and most recently, Arriving At Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness, and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness.

Will Kabat-Zinn, M.A.

Will Kabat-Zinn is a Buddhist teacher, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, and long-time student of the Dharma. He has practiced meditation intensively in the Theravada Tradition in the U.S. for over a decade, and was in long-term retreat under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita in Burma. From 2000-2008 Will taught meditative practices to incarcerated youth, first with the Lineage Project at Juvenile Halls in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Riker’s Island, and later with the Mind Body Awareness Project in Oakland. While teaching with the MBA he participated in developing an in-depth curriculum for working with incarcerated and at risk youth. Will earned his B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University where he received the 1999 Freeman Prize in Peace Studies. In 2008, he received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Will trained in Gestalt Therapy and his clinical work is influenced by developmental theory. Will lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches Insight Meditation regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, San Francisco Insight, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has been in teacher training with Jack Kornfield for the past four years. In addition to teaching, Will has a private psychotherapy practice in San Francisco and Oakland.

Daniel Kahneman Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D.

Daniel Kahneman is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. His research has ranged widely. He has studied basic processes of vision, including masking and apparent motion, pupillary measures of effort, and the role of grouping factors in visual attention. In collaboration with Amos Tversky he initiated the study of judgmental heuristics and developed prospect theory and a treatment of framing effects in decision making. He has also studied fairness in economic decision making, the valuation of public goods and the psychology of juries.

His main current interest is in hedonic psychology and the development of measures of well-being that could serve as indicators of human welfare for purposes of policy evaluation. He has written one book, edited three others, and published over 120 articles. He is the recipient of several honors, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, and the Hilgard Award for Career Contribution to General Psychology, and an Honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the Econometric Society.

Alfred W. Kaszniak Al Kaszniak, Ph.D.

Al Kaszniak received his Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Illinois in 1976, and completed an internship in clinical neuropsychology at Rush Medical Center in Chicago.  He is currently Director of Clinical Neuropsychology, Director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium Education Core, and a professor in the departments of psychology, neurology, and psychiatry at The University of Arizona (UA). He formerly served as Head of the Psychology Department, and as Director of the UA Center for Consciousness Studies. Al also presently serves as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Academic Officer for the Mind and Life Institute, an organization that facilitates collaborative scientific research on contemplative practices and traditions. His research, published in over 150 journal articles, chapters and books, has been supported by grants from the NIH, NIMH, and several private foundations.  His work has focused on the neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurological disorders, consciousness, memory self-monitoring, emotion, and the psychophysiology of long-term and short-term meditation.  Al has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and has been an advisor to the National Institutes of Health and other governmental agencies.  He is a Past-President of the Section on Clinical Geropsychology and a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.  In addition to his academic and administrative roles, he is a lineage holder and teacher in the Soto tradition of Zen Buddhism.

Dacher Keltner Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.

Dacher Keltner is Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, and director of the Berkeley Center for the Development of Peace and Well-Being. He received his B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in 1984, his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1989, and then completed at 3 year post doctoral fellowship in affective science with Paul Ekman at UC San Francisco. He has conducted empirical studies in three areas of inquiry. A first looks at the determinants and effects of power, hierarchy, and social class.

A second is concerned with the morality of everyday life, and how we negotiate moral truths in teasing, gossip, and other reputational matters. A third and primary focus is on the biological and evolutionary basis of the benevolent affects, including compassion, awe, love, gratitude, and laughter and modesty. He is the author of over 65 articles on these topics. He has received several awards, including the 2001 Positive Psychology prize for research excellence, the 2002 Western Psychological Association prize for outstanding research for an investigator under 40, and the UC Berkeley Letters and Science Distinguished Teaching award. His research has been supported by several private foundations and the NIH.

Margaret E. Kemeny Margaret E. Kemeny, Ph.D.

Margaret E. Kemeny is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Health Psychology Program at the University of California San Francisco. After spending her undergraduate years at UC Berkeley, she received her Ph.D. in health psychology from UCSF and completed a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in immunology at UCLA. Dr. Kemeny’s research has focused on identifying the links between psychological factors, the immune system and health and illness. She has made important contributions to our understanding of the ways in which the mind — one’s thoughts and feelings — shapes biological responses to stress and trauma.

Over the past 20 years, she has examined the effects of psychological factors on physiology and disease, particularly HIV infection and inflammation. Her research centers on the impact of cognition and emotion on physiology and health, as well as the effects of psychological interventions on cognitive, emotional and physiological responses. She is particularly interested in the impact of social factors on one’s sense of self, self-conscious emotions and physiology.

Barry Kerzin, M.D.

Barry Kerzin is a Buddhist monk, teacher, and medical doctor. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, he went on to receive a Medical Doctor [M.D.] degree from the University of Southern California. He is a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He has lived in Dharamsala for 22 years and provides medical care to many high lamas as well as poor people in India, all on a charitable basis. His Holiness the Dalai Lama ordained him as a bikkshu, or gelong, a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He has completed many short and long meditation retreats over the last 27 years.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Princeton University in New Jersey, Drs. Richard Davidson and Jonathan Cohen, as part of their research on long-term meditation practitioners, studied Dr. Barry’s brain structure and function.

Over the years he has cared for three adept meditation masters during their final days in the near-death state of tukdam, or clear light meditation. This is occasionally witnessed in accomplished meditators after cessation of their heart beating and respiration. After clinical death they were able to maintain their bodies fresh, soft, flexible, and slightly warm for days or even weeks. The atmosphere around them was peaceful, and conducive for meditation.

Dr. Kerzin spends about 7 to 8 months annually teaching Buddhist science and modern science, death and dying, and Shantideva, as well as leading meditation retreats and sacred pilgrimages in India, Japan, Mongolia, North America, Europe, and Russia.

A book entitled, Unraveling Nagarjuna’s Thought: A Commentary on the Meaning of Wisdom: Root Stanzas on the Middle Way, is close to publication. Two books are also ready for publication in Japanese and English languages: Tibetan Buddhist Prescription for Happiness, and Clear Words and Meditation.

Dr. Kerzin’s research interests include subtle states of the mind including the subtlest mind of clear light, especially when manifest at the time of death. He is also interested in research on the cultivation of compassion. Currently he is a consultant for the Max Planck Institute in Leibzig, Germany on a large research project studying training compassion for ordinary people. In between this busy schedule he still practices charitable medicine for poor people and sometimes high Tibetan lamas.

Sat Bir Khalsa, Ph.D.

Sat Bir Khalsa has conducted research in neuroscience, chronobiology and sleep for over 30 years. For the past 10 years he has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health. He has also practiced a yoga lifestyle for over 35 years and is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. He is the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has conducted clinical research trials evaluating a yoga treatment for insomnia funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He has also been involved in yoga research for addiction, back pain, depression and music performance anxiety. His current studies include a clinical trial supported by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command evaluating the efficacy of yoga for post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans, and an evaluation of a yoga program within the public school curriculum to determine the benefits in mental health characteristics such as perceived stress, resilience, emotion regulation and anxiety supported by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Dr. Khalsa routinely attends and presents at international yoga research conferences and is actively working with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote research on yoga therapy. For the past 5 years he has also been director of an elective course in mind-body medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Bodhin Kjolhede Bodhin Kjolhede

Bodhin Kjolhede received a degree in psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 1971 he entered a 15-year course of residential training at the Zen Center under Roshi Philip Kapleau, the Center’s founder, who ordained him as a Buddhist priest in 1976. In 1987, after completing his koan training and a pilgrimage through Asia, Kjolhede was installed by Roshi Kapleau as his Dharma-successor and Abbot of the Zen Center. Since then, he has conducted many meditation retreats in the United States, as well as in Sweden and Mexico, at affiliated centers that are now under the direction of his Dharma-heirs. Most of Roshi Kjolhede’s time is currently devoted to the Rochester Zen Center and its large country retreat center nearby.

Anne Carolyn Klein Anne Carolyn Klein / Rigzin Drolma, Ph.D.

Anne Carolyn Klein / Rigzin Drolma Ph.D., is Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and a founding director and resident teacher of Dawn Mountain, a center for contemplative study and practice in Houston (www.dawnmountain.org). She lectures and leads retreats widely on contemplative practice as well as on the Buddhist texts and theories of knowing that support these.

She writes and practices primarily in the Tibetan tradition, translating both classic texts and oral commentary on them. All her scholarly work inquires into the different functions of the human mind, especially the capacity for intellectual as well as direct knowing. Her books include Knowledge and Liberation, on Buddhist distinctions between cognitive and sensory knowing; Path to the Middle: The Spoken Scholarship of Khensur Yeshe Thupten, on preparing to meet the ultimate; Meeting the Great Bliss Queen, contrasting Buddhist and feminist understandings of self as mere construction or subtle essence; and, with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinopche, Unbounded Wholeness, which translates and discusses a Dzogchen text from the Bön Buddhist tradition. Is the intellect a help or hindrance in cultivating non-conceptual realization? This is a central debate throughout Buddhist history — Anne’s books all explore some aspect of this question.

Forthcoming this spring is Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission, Anne’s chantable English translation of foundational practices from the Longchen Nyingthig, with CD of the English and Tibetan chanting. She has commenced translation of two texts which combine theories of knowing with meditation practices opening to Dzogchen. These are Mipham Rinpoche’s The Threefold Great Seal: Abiding, Movement and Awareness (phyag chen pa’i gnas gyur rig gsum) with extensive oral commentary from the renowned Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, as well as a major text by Khetsun Rinpoche himself coalescing a variety of oral and written sources. She is also in the daunting mid-stages of her own manuscript, The Knowing Body which explores the epistemology of the body’s innate intelligence.

Torkel Klingberg, Ph.D.

Torkel Klingberg is a professor in cognitive neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. His research is focused on the neural basis of childhood cognitive development and plasticity of working memory. In particular he has developed a method for training of working memory which is now used for individuals with impaired working memory and attention. He has published several papers on development and plasticity in leading scientific journals such as Science, Nature Neuroscience, PNAS and Neuron. In 2008, he published the book “The Overflowing Brain” with Oxford University Press.

Steve Kosslyn Steve Kosslyn, Ph.D.

Steve Kosslyn is John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Associate Psychologist in the Department of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a B.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in psychology. His research has focused primarily on the nature of visual mental imagery, visual perception, and visual communication; he has published 7 books and over 225 papers on these topics. Many of these papers focus on testing a neurologically plausible theory of mental imagery he and his group have developed over the past 30 years.

He has conducted empirical research using a variety of techniques, including measuring response-times, collecting judgments to perform multidimensional scaling, characterizing deficits following brain damage, measuring regional cerebral blood flow (via positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging), and implementing computational models. He has received the APA’s Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award, the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award, the Cattell Award, the J-L. Signoret Prize (France), and election to Academia Rodinensis pro Remediatione (Switzerland), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

Jean Kristeller Jean Kristeller, Ph.D.

Jean Kristeller is Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Indiana State University. Previous appointments have been at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School and Harvard University Medical School in Behavioral Medicine. She received her doctorate in clinical and health psychology from Yale University in 1983, her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1978 in clinical human psychophysiology, and her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in 1974. She has also spent several years studying and conducting research in Japan, China, Thailand, and Indonesia. She has conducted research on the psychology of meditation for over 25 years, including investigations on the effects of meditation on heart rate control, general well-being, spirituality, psoriasis and anxiety disorders.

Her currently funded NIH research investigates the value of Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) on compulsive overeating and obesity. She is currently completing a book on meditation as a therapeutic approach, and has written several review chapters on theory and application of meditative approaches. Her other work has been on the psychology of religion and spirituality, including an NIH-funded trial investigating the role that different aspects of religion and spirituality play in protecting against alcohol dependency in college students. A series of studies funded by the Walther Cancer Institute and the Metanexus Institute have investigated how cancer patients engage religious and spiritual resources, and how physicians can be trained to empower patients to explore such resources.

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