What to Expect

At the Summer Research Institute online, you will not only be able to absorb great content and ideas, but also engage with other faculty and accepted applicants in community building and genuine interaction through an innovative platform created just for SRI. Here’s more of what you can expect:

  • Plenary lectures and corresponding Live Q&As with the faculty
  • Small group breakout sessions so you can connect with participants and faculty from a variety of fields and disciplines
  • Daily contemplative practices to cultivate awareness and embodiment
  • Live panel discussions for fostering inquiry and dialogue
  • Social forums to network with participants and faculty, share new ideas, and discuss topics of interest
  • Poster presentations with interactive discussion boards
  • Contemplative music & art offerings, including a livestream concert, to experience the inherent prosociality of music & art!

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Conference Offered Free Thanks to Mind & Life Donors

As this is our first online conference, and given the current economic reality, Mind & Life is offering SRI 2020 free of charge. We are deeply grateful to the Hershey Family Foundation and all of our donors for making this possible, and we hope your experience in SRI inspires you to join our vibrant community of supporters. After the online conference closes, you will be invited to offer an optional donation in support of Mind & Life’s mission to bridge science and contemplative wisdom.

Program Overview

SRI 2020 is an exploration of prosocial development across the lifespan of individuals and within communities, and of how history, social contexts, relationships, and contemplative practices all play key roles in such development. Integrating academic, contemplative, and artistic knowledge and wisdom, we will address how the development of prosocial qualities can be promoted at different stages of life––from infancy and childhood to adolescence, and from early adulthood to old age––and in different cultural-historical situations, through the use of contemplative practices, educational and social programs, community-building and activism, and systems reform.
The daily program schedule will include a block of live sessions (~ 4 hours) as well as suggested viewing of pre-recorded material and time for engagement in the forums and interest groups. Recordings of live sessions will be made available in case you miss them. As soon as the schedule is finalized, we will share it to help you plan your week. You can expect login details to the conference website in the week leading up to June 8!


The Summer Research Institute faculty includes scientists, clinical researchers, contemplative practitioners, scholars, and teachers from a variety of disciplines.

Plenary Faculty & Discussants

Angel Acosta is an Education Consultant & Doctoral Candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ramona Beltrán, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.

Kamilah Majied, PhD, (Planning Committee member) is a Professor in the Department of Social Work at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Jennifer Mascaro, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University.

Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson, PhD, (Planning Committee Co-chair) is a Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Religion at Emory University and a member of the Mind & Life Steering Council.

Philippe Rochat, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Emory University.

Rob Roeser, PhD, (Planning Committee Co-chair) is the Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University and a member of the Mind & Life Steering Council.

Juan F. Santoyo (Planning Committee member) is a Doctoral Student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Co-founder of The Black Lotus Collective.

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, PhD, is a Professor of Education at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership.

Jasmine Syedullah, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Vassar College.

Phil Zelazo, PhD, (Planning Committee member) is the Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.

Contemplative Faculty

Kelvy Bird is an artist, internationally recognized scribe, and Co-Founder of the Presencing Institute.

Brooke D. Lavelle, PhD, is Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition.

Srinivas Reddy, PhD, is a scholar, translator, and musician, as well as Visiting Professor of Religious Studies and Contemplative Studies at Brown University.

Juliana Santoyo, MEd, is a core faculty member at the Courage of Care Coalition and Co-Founder of the Black Lotus Collective in Boston.

Laura Schmalzl, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

Martin Vitorino, PhD, is a lead faculty member at the Courage of Care Coalition and the Director of Programming at InsightLA.

Peter Wayne, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of Research and Center Interim Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and Founding Director at the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center.

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