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

Lisette Cooper, CFA, PhD
Athena Capital Advisors

Richard J. Davidson, PhD
University of Wisconsin–Madison

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

Daniel Goleman, PhD
Psychologist, Author

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD
Upaya Zen Center

Barry Hershey, MFA

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

Thupten Jinpa, PhD
Institute for Tibetan Classics

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

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


Adam Engle, JD, MBA

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Francisco J. Varela, PhD (1946-2001)

Board Members Emeriti

Tendzin Choegyal

John D. Dunne, PhD

Adam Engle, JD, MBA

Anne Harrington, PhD

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, Founding Steward

Donald H. Morrison, MBA

Matthieu Ricard, PhD

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

Sona Dimidjian, PhD
University of Colorado

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

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

Mind & Life 1440 Grants

Lisa Flook, PhD
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Mark Greenberg, PhD
Pennsylvania State University

Patricia Jennings, PhD
University of Virginia

Robert Roeser, PhD
Pennsylvania State University

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, PhD
University of British Columbia

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