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.

In our continued commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and following best practices to support a thriving organization, Mind & Life is committed to increasing participation of individuals from culturally diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds. Former members of the Council on Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, along with others in the Mind & Life community, will serve as members across all of our committees and faculty in our programs.

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

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

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

Thupten Jinpa, PhD
Institute for Tibetan Classics

Jack Kornfield, PhD
Spirit Rock Center

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


Adam Engle, JD, MBA (Chair/CEO Emeritus)

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Francisco J. Varela, PhD (1946-2001)

Founding Stewards

Richard J. Davidson, PhD, Chief Scientific Advisor

Daniel Goleman, PhD

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Matthieu Ricard, PhD

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

Sarah Bowen, PhD
Pacific University

Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, PhD
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Elissa Epel, PhD co-chair
University of California–San Francisco

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD
Mind & Life Institute

Lisbeth Nielsen, PhD
National Institute of Health *

Barbara (Bobbi) A.B. Patterson, PhD
Emory University

Robert Roeser, PhD
Pennsylvania State University

Fadel Zeidan, PhD
University of California–San Diego

Ed Taylor, PhD
University of Washington

Krista Weih
Mind & Life Institute

* Dr. Nielsen is serving in her personal capacity

Summer Research Institute

Dusana Dorjee, PhD
Bangor University

Brooke Lavelle, PhD
Courage of Care

Harold Roth, PhD
Brown University

Laura Schmalzl, PhD
Southern California University of Health Sciences

Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD
Naropa University

David Vago, PhD
Vanderbilt University

Peter Wayne, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Fadel Zeidan, PhD
Wake Forest University

PEACE Grants

Doris Chang, PhD
New School for Social Research

Paul Condon, PhD
Southern Oregon University

Mark Greenberg, PhD
Pennsylvania State University

Yoona Kang, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Mascaro, PhD
Emory University

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD
Greater Good Science Center
University of California–Berkeley

Varela Grants


Think Tanks