Willoughby Britton

Dr. Britton earned a B.A. in Neuroscience from Colgate University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2007.  She is the recipient of two National Research Service Awards (NRSA) and a Career Development Award (CDA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is currently the Director of Brown’s Clinical …

David Vago

Dr. David Vago is Research Associate Professor and Director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Mind-Body (CNMB) Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. He is core training faculty for the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation. He is also a research associate in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Brigham …

Gaelle Desbordes

Gaelle is the Grants & Science Manager of the Mind & Life Institute, where she oversees the grants programs. A trained neuroscientist, she was previously on the research faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she led research studies focused on the effects of meditation practice on the brain using functional …

Wendy Hasenkamp

Wendy is the Science Director of the Mind & Life Institute. She is a neuroscientist, contemplative practitioner, teacher, and writer who is interested in understanding how the mind and brain can be transformed through experience and practice to enhance flourishing. Wendy’s latest project is the Mind & Life podcast, where she interviews leading experts in …

Erin McCarthy

Erin Jien McCarthy, Ph.D. is Chair and Professor of Philosophy at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) where she also teaches in the Asian Studies Program. A comparative feminist philosopher, in her work and teaching she brings together Japanese philosophy, ethics, feminist and continental philosophy. Author of the book Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood through Continental, Japanese …

Harold Roth

Harold D. Roth is Professor of Religious Studies and the Director of the Contemplative Studies Initiative at Brown University. Roth is a specialist in Classical Chinese Religious Thought, Classical Daoism, the comparative study of contemplative practices and experiences and a pioneer of the academic field of Contemplative Studies. Roth is the founder and director of …

Amishi Jha

Amishi Jha is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, prior to which she was an Assistant Professor at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California–Davis, and received …

Zindel Segal

Zindel Segal, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a senior scientist in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation for promoting wellness in the area of mood disorders. He is …

Clifford Saron

Clifford Saron is a research scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1999. In the early 1990s, he coordinated field research investigating Tibetan Buddhist mind training under the auspices of the …