John Edwards

John Edwards is Psychology Professor and Associate Dean at Oregon State University. He is co-founder and Director of Oregon State University’s Contemplative Studies Initiative, which has been in existence since 2008. In this role, he has organized and led many meditation-related events. His training is in Social/Personality psychology, with research interests in the broad areas …

Seema Nath

I am an inclusive education and developmental psychology practitioner and currently engaged as a Project Manager with Ummeed Child Development Center, Mumbai, India. My work involves end-to-end project management and delivery, training, research, Monitoring & Evaluation, communications and advocacy towards establishing inclusive education systems within Indian schools. My work lies at the intersection of education, …

Jwalin Patel

I am both a research scholar and a social changemaker. I am particularly interested in educational philosophy, classroom pedagogy, and teacher professional development. My current work focuses on alternative purposes of education like learning to live together, education for social emotional learning, education of the heart and education of the spirit. I am particularly interested …

Abigail Marsh

I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted my post-doctoral research at the National Institute of Mental Health. I am the Past-President of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society. My research is aimed at answering the …

Sharon Lambert

Sharon Lambert is a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at George Washington University. She completed her doctoral training in Clinical/Community psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with specializations in developmental psychology and quantitative methods.  Dr. Lambert’s research focuses on how youth and families experience and manage racial discrimination and …

Carrie James

Dr. Carrie James is a Principal Investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A sociologist by training for over a decade, she has led research and educational initiatives focused on young people’s experiences in digital life, with particular attention to ethical dilemmas, civic participation, and strategies to support well-being. With Emily …

Stephanie Dorais

Stephanie Dorais is a counselor educator, researcher, and licensed counselor. With a background in data analytics and trauma counseling, she currently serves in the counselor education programs as an assistant professor at Kean University and adjunct assistant professor at NYU Steinhardt. Her research focuses on how contemplative practices lead people to experience hope, compassion, transcendence, …

Daniel Gutierrez

Daniel Gutierrez is an Associate Professor in the Counseling program at the College of William & Mary, the Co-Director of the THRIVE Research and Intervention Center, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Counselor Education and mental health counseling from the University of Central …

Yuria Celidwen

I am of Indigenous Nahua and Maya descent of the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. My work intersects Indigenous studies, cultural psychology, and contemplative studies. I investigate the embodied experience of self-transcendence in Indigenous contemplative traditions and the way it enhances prosocial behavior (ethics, compassion, kindness, awe, sacredness, and love). My thesis on the “ethics of …

Romuald Adili Amani

Romuald Adili Amani is an independent researcher, based in Goma, in the eastern North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who has worked for many local and international organizations such as Pole Institute (Intercultural Institute in the Great Lakes region), International Alert, Concern Worldwide, and Vivo International. Adili has studied philosophy and …