From Argentina to South Africa: Contemplative Scientists Find Connection and a Home

With roots in North America and western Europe, the field of contemplative science is now expanding around the globe. Despite this growth, not all researchers have access to the same knowledge, resources, and networks. And for those advancing new areas of inquiry, the experience can be an isolating, if not lonely, one. Researchers pioneering new […]

Dan Grupe

Dan Grupe is an Associate Scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his PhD and postdoctoral training in Psychology. He conducts basic neuroscience and psychology research on neurobiological and psychological mechanisms of risk and resilience in response to traumatic stress. He also leads a program of intervention […]

Pooja Sahni

Pooja Sahni holds a doctorate in contemplative environmental neuroscience from the National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) India and is a practitioner of surat-shabd-yoga (ultratranscendental meditational technique). Her research interest includes behavioral and neuro-cognitive exploration of contemplative ecological educational techniques as innovative pedagogical tools for prosocial development […]

Jasmine Harris

Jasmine is a graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University. She earned her BS in Neuroscience from University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studied sleep and circadian rhythms. Jasmine enjoys exploring the mind through both her research and creative passions, such as writing and making music. She is most interested in […]

Programs & Events Internship

Title: Programs & Events InternDates: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester (Preference is given to applicants who can work two consecutive semesters.)Schedule: 10-15hrs/week during the Academic Year; up to 20hrs/week during the SummerCompensation:  $12/hourSupervisor:  Program Manager or Events & Logistics ManagerLocation:  Charlottesville, VA  (Preference is given to applicants who are able to work in office […]

Dr. Peter Wayne Honored with Catherine Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science

“What excites me is making connections,” says Dr. Peter Wayne, who has devoted much of his career to bridging Chinese medicine and Western science, the mind and body, research and practice. As Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Health at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Peter oversees efforts to facilitate connections […]

Ken Paller

Ken Paller is a Professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he holds the James Padilla Chair in Arts & Sciences and also serves as Director of the Training Program in the Neuroscience of Human Cognition. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, received degrees from UCLA (BS) and UC San Diego (Neuroscience […]

Giving Tuesday

Join Mind & Life for GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a day that encourages people to do good. Over nine years, the idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Through generosity and compassion towards ourselves, others, and the Earth, we […]


Mind & Life Fellows are distinguished leaders in their respective field who have made significant contributions to the mission and vision of the Mind & Life Institute and more broadly to contemplative sciences, studies and practice through her/his  scholarship, activities and influence. History Inaugurated in 2009, the first Fellows were given their designation based on […]