Matt Hirshberg is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matt is a former middle school teacher and a long-time meditation practitioner. Schools recognize the importance of helping students develop attentional capacity, emotion regulation, and empathic concern, but lack effective strategies. After integrating mindfulness into his classroom routine, Matt saw positive changes. These observations and Matt’s interest in science led him to graduate school to develop and research the impact of contemplative curricula in developing populations. Matt is currently working on several projects examining the effects of contemplative practice in elementary, secondary and higher educational environments. Matt also researches forgiveness and is currently working with colleagues on validating the first cohesive measure of intergroup forgiveness.

This profile was last updated on February 1, 2015

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