Rui Afonso

he/him – Rui Afonso is a Brazilian researcher interested in the effects of contemplative practices and altered states of consciousness (self-induced and substance-induced) on mental health. His background is in psychobiology and neuroscience. For decades he has been a teacher and practitioner of Yoga and meditation.

Robin Nusslock

I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University where I direct the Affective & Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory. My research program uses the tools of human neuroscience to study how the brain creates emotion and how these brain systems are implicated in health and well-being. I also study how stress affects the emotional brain, …

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 …

Nirmal Govindaraju

Nirmal Govindaraju led and conducted professional research on nanomaterials and wide bandgap semiconductors for 13 years in the US before moving to India in 2017 to work on science and math education for low-income children and adults. Along the way, he has experienced, first-hand, the critical importance of social-emotional well-being for children to learn and …

Tawni Tidwell

Tawni Tidwell, PhD, TMD, is a biocultural anthropologist and Tibetan medical doctor. Her research facilitates bridges across the Western scientific tradition and Tibetan medical and contemplative traditions along with their attendant epistemologies and ontologies. She is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Healthy Minds of University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is Principal Investigator …