Quinn Conklin received her BS in biology from Norwich University and an MA in psychology from UC Davis. She is a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of California, Davis, where she works with Clifford Saron, PhD, on research examining the psychobiological outcomes of meditation training. She is currently investigating the effects of a month-long, silent, Insight Meditation retreat on biomarkers of stress, inflammation, cellular aging, and social affiliation. Through this work, she hopes to better understand the health-related consequences of long-term meditation practice, and their relation to individual differences in psychological well-being. More recently, she has begun to explore the potential for various forms of meditation training to mitigate the maladaptive consequences of early life adversity. Quinn was a predoctoral trainee in the NIH-sponsored (T32) Affective Science Training Program from 2018 to 2019. During this time, she worked with Elissa Epel on research investigating links between psychological stress and telomere biology.

This profile was last updated on March 4, 2020

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