Bobbi Patterson’s scholarship focuses on lived religion and place, human and earth ecosystems, and pedagogy, particularly those involving community-based partnerships. Her scholarly training and teaching engages Christian and Buddhist contemplative traditions and practices, American Religious cultures, feminist and womanist approaches to women’s spiritual practices, and methodologies and methods. She presents and leads workshops on effective teaching and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as contemplative teaching and learning strategies including ethical decision-making. Her recent pedagogical publication describes pertinent assessment strategies. 

Her recently released book, Building Resilience Through Contemplative Practice: A Field Manual for Helping Professionals and Volunteers (Routledge – available also on Barnes and Noble and Amazon) 

Bobbi’s B.A. is from Smith College with a major in Religion. Her Masters of Divinity degree is from Harvard Divinity School, and her Ph.D. is from the Institute of Liberal Arts, an Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D. from Emory University. She lives with her husband in Decatur, Georgia, and enjoys swimming, hiking, and kayaking.

Bobbi is a member of the Mind & Life Steering Council and served as the co-chair of the 2020 Summer Research Institute – Cultivating Prosocial Development Across the Lifespan: Contexts, Relationships, and Contemplative Practices, and served as a Grant Reviewer for the 2019 for the MLI Think Tank.

This profile was last updated on January 1, 2020

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