Online November 5-8, 2020
An Interactive Online Conference Featuring the Latest Findings on the Research of Meditation, Mindfulness,
and Other Contemplative Practices.

What To Expect

  • The Mind & Life 2020 Contemplative Research Conference is an international conference for rigorous interdisciplinary investigation of mindfulness and other contemplative practices and programs in diverse contexts
  • Live keynote lectures and panels sharing big ideas and examining new influences in the field
  • Hundreds of papers and posters bringing the latest ideas from the front lines of contemplative research and study
  • Numerous networking opportunities in live meetings, forums, and social features built into the conference website
  • Contemplative practice sessions and contemplative arts to ground the insights and embodied experience

Who Should Attend

Those who are doing the research

This is an international, interdisciplinary academic conference for scientists, scholars, and practitioners from diverse disciplines including neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, clinical science, integrative health, contemplative studies, and education to share their work.

Those who want to learn about the research

CRC is also a place for professionals and leaders in the mindfulness and contemplative fields, to hear cutting edge research, find emerging voices, and be the first to know about new trends in the field.

Kalina Christoff, PhD

University of British Columbia

Kalina Christoff is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her work focuses on understanding human thought, using a combination of functional neuroimaging (fMRI), … MORE

David J. Creswell

Carnegie Mellon University

David’s research focuses broadly on understanding what makes people resilient under stress. Specifically, he conducts community intervention studies, laboratory studies of stress and coping, and neuroimaging studies to understand how … MORE

Margaret Cullen, PhD

Portland State University

Margaret Cullen is a licensed psychotherapist and was one of the first ten people to become a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.  For over 25 years, she has pioneered … MORE

Richard J. Davidson, PhD

Mind & Life Chief Scientific Advisor, Center for Healthy Minds at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Davidson is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker, … MORE

Thupten Jinpa Langri, PhD

McGill University

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.d., received his early education and training as a monk and obtained the Geshe Lharam degree from the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University, South India. In addition, Jinpa … MORE

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, PhD

University of Lancaster

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad is a Fellow of the British Academy and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy at Lancaster University. He is the author of seven books and some fifty … MORE

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, PhD

University of British Columbia

Convening Faculty

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an applied developmental psychologist and a professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture area in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at … MORE

Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cheryl L. Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC is the Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness. Her program of research focuses on understanding … MORE


Contemplative Research Conference
Program Planning Committee

The Program Planning Committee (PPC) is a committee of invited specialists from diverse disciplines and perspectives who bring their expertise to curate and produce the content of the conference. In addition to developing the overall theme and narrative arc of the program, the PPC actively participate and serve in leadership roles throughout the conference. Linda Carlson and John Dunne are co-chairs of the CRC PPC.

Linda Carlson, PhD

University of Calgary

John Dunne, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Doris F. Chang, PhD

New York University

Neil Dalal, PhD

University of Alberta

Amishi Jha, PhD

University of Miami

David Vago, PhD

Vanderbilt University

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