The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit institution dedicated to building a scientific understanding of the mind in order to reduce suffering and promote well-being. You can learn about the individuals stewarding the Institute by clicking on the tabs below.

Honorary Chairman

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


Executive Committee

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, President

Raymond L. Gellein, Jr., MBAVice Chair and Treasurer

Carolyn Jacobs, PhD, Secretary

Thupten Jinpa, PhD, Chair


Board of Directors

Mark Bertolini, MBA
Aetna

Lisette Cooper, CFA, PhD
Athena Capital Advisors

Martin N. Davidson, PhD
University of Virginia

Sona Dimidjian, PhD
University of Colorado, Boulder

Raymond L. Gellein, Jr., MBA
RGB Capital Advisors

Barry Hershey, MFA
Filmmaker

Carolyn Jacobs, PhD
Smith College School for Social Work, Dean Emerita

Thupten Jinpa, PhD
Institute for Tibetan Classics

Jack Kornfield
Spirit Rock Center

Tania Singer, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Aaron Stern
Academy for the Love of Learning, Founder and President


Founders

Adam Engle, JD, MBA

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Francisco J. Varela, PhD (1946-2001)


Board Members Emeriti

Tendzin Choegyal

Richard J. Davidson, PhD, Chief Scientific Advisor, Founding Steward

John D. Dunne, PhD

Adam Engle, JD, MBA

Daniel Goleman, PhD, Founding Steward

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Founding Steward

Anne Harrington, PhD

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, Founding Steward

Donald H. Morrison, MBA

Matthieu Ricard, PhD, Founding Steward

Francisco J. Varela, PhD

Ulco Visser

Alan Wallace, PhD

Diana Chapman Walsh, PhD

Arthur Zajonc, PhD

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, co-chair
Mind & Life Institute

Sarah Bowen, PhD
Pacific University

John Dunne, PhD
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Elissa Epel, PhD
University of California–San Francisco

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD
Mind & Life Institute

Rhonda Magee, JD
University of San Francisco School of Law

Clifford Saron, PhD
University of California–Davis

Evan Thompson, PhD, co-chair
University of British Columbia

Michael Sheehy, PhD
Mind & Life Institute

Carol Worthman, PhD
Emory University

Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Martin N. Davidson
University of Virginia

Chris Kaplan, MA
Amor Art Farm Oasis & Canticle Farm

Rhonda V. Magee, JD, MA
University of San Francisco School of Law

Juan F. Santoyo
Brown University

Helen Weng, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD (ex officio)
Mind & Life Institute

Eboni Bugg, LCSW (ex officio)
Mind & Life Institute

Mind & Life Francisco J. Varela Research Grants

David Creswell, PhD
Carnegie Melon University

Gaëlle Desbordes, PhD
Harvard University

Norman Farb, PhD
University of Toronto

Jennifer Mascaro, PhD
Emory University

Christy Wilson-Mendenhall, PhD
Northeastern University


PEACE Grants

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, PhD
West Virginia University

Paul Condon, PhD
Northeastern University

Matthias Mehl, PhD
University of Arizona

Baljinder Sahdra, PhD
Australian Catholic University

Helen Weng, PhD
University of California, San Francisco