Amishi P. Jha, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Miami

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Brief Bio
Curriculum Vitae
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Link to Full List of Dr. Jha’s Publications
Principal Investigator, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative, University of Miami.
Dr. Amishi Jha has a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis, post-doctoral training in brain imaging at Duke University, and was a faculty member at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania prior to her current post. Her research focuses on the brain bases of attention, working memory, and mindfulness-based training. With grants from the US Department of Defense and several private foundations, her current projects investigate how to best promote resilience in high stress cohorts using contemplative/mind training techniques that strengthen the brain’s attention networks. She was selected as a Science and Public Leadership Fellow by PopTech, and serves on editorial review boards of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Frontiers in Cognitive Science, and Frontiers in Psychology.
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Research Scientist

Ekaterina Denkova Ekaterina Denkova
Assistant Director, UM Neuroimaging Facility
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests: Neural mechanisms of autobiographical memory and self-generated thoughts, and how they are influenced by emotion and training techniques that rely on focused attention (e.g., attentional deployment and mindfulness).
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Post Doctoral Research Associate

Tony Zanesco Anthony Zanesco
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests: Mental training of sustained attention and the long-term cognitive consequences of continued meditation and mindfulness practice.
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Mindfulness & Compassion Trainer

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Assistant Director of Training and Programs for the UMindfulness Initiative, Maria Paula is a certified teacher from the Compassion Cultivation Training Program through Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Prior to arriving at the University of Miami, she offered mindfulness and compassion trainings in Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Spain, in addition to having a private practice which integrated psychotherapy with a contemplative approach. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Los Andes University with a minor in Business Administration. She also studied Corporate Social Responsibility at Sergio Arboleda University and Integrative Therapies at the School of Medicine at El Rosario University.
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Graduate Students

Marissa Krimsky Marissa Krimsky
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests: Measuring the transformative cognitive and behavioral effects of mindfulness meditation.
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Josh Rooks Joshua Rooks
Research Interests: Using cognitive neuroscience techniques to study effects of mindfulness meditation, particularly among high-stress populations.
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Joanna Witkin Joanna Witkin
Research Interests: I am broadly interested in the neural mechanisms of working memory and attention and their interaction with emotion processes. I am also interested in how these processes can be impacted by mindfulness training, especially in high-demand populations.
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Research Associates

Keith Chichester Keith Chichester
Research Interests: Development of mindfulness-based interventions and training with an emphasis on high-stress populations and substance abuse prevention.
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Emily Schwartz Emily Schwartz
Research Interests: The experiential and biological factors influencing brain development, especially factors affecting attention and memory.
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Lindsey Slavin Lindsey Slavin
Research Interests: The use of mindfulness and attention-based training to enhance the performance of athletes and entertainers.
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Lab Alumni

Joseph Dunn Joseph Dunn, 2014-2017
Nicolas_Ramos Nicolas Ramos, 2015-2017
Current Position: MBA student at University of Florida, Gainesville
Alex Morrison Alex Morrison, 2012-2017
Current position: Assistant Professor at the California State University, Sacramento
Emily Brudner Emily Brudner, 2011-2017
Current position: PhD student in Psychology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University, Newark
Ariel Paz Ariel Paz, 2014-2017
Sydney Feldman Sydney Feldman, 2015-2017
Kristen Zayan Kristen Zayan, 2014-2017
Ethan Homedi Ethan Homedi, 2014-2017
Shivani Hanchate Shivani Hanchate, 2014-2017
Benjamin Slavin Benjamin Slavin, 2015-2016
Laura_MacKinnon1 Laura MacKinnon, 2014-2015
Merissa Goolsarran Merissa Goolsarran
Eliot T.S. Eliot Tang-Smith
Sybil Allison Sybil Allison
Trae Williamson Trae Williamson
Matthew Gosselin Matthew Gosselin, Major, USAF (Retired)
Martin Paczynski Martin Paczynski
Ash Tilak Ash Tilak, UM ’15
Lauren Walter Lauren Walter, UM ’15
Jennifer Rizzo Jennifer Rizzo, UM ’15
Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron, UM ’15
Sam Warn Sam Warn, UM ’15
Sam Jazzo Sam Jazzo, UM ’16
Shruti Baijal Shruti Baijal
Pauline Baniqued Pauline Baniqued
Graduate student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Adam Burton Adam Burton
Phillip Chan Phillip Chan
Undergraduate, University of Miami
Prithi Chandra Prithi Chandra
Undergraduate, New York University
Brandon Chen Brandon Chen, Bioengineering Independent Study Student
Research Interests: Investigating if mind-wandering can be reduced with mental training.
Amanda Codd Amanda Codd
Clinical Writer, ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Justin Dainer-Best Justin Dainer-Best
Toby Elliman Toby Elliman
Katrina Fincher Katrina Fincher
Research Assistant to Dr. Paul Rozin, University of Pennsylvania
Jason Frishman Jason Frishman
Charvi Ganatra Charvi Ganatra
Undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania
Cristina Garcia Cristina Garcia
Graduate student, University of Maryland
Jonathan Goldstein Jonathan Goldstein
Medical student, University of Connecticut
Dan Greif Dan Greif
Mental health counselor, Boston, MA
Lucy Hartwell Lucy Hartwell
Alicia Hayes Alicia Hayes
Graduate student, University of Pennsylvania Counseling Psychology program
Nina Hsu Nina Hsu
Nina graduated from Duke University in 2006. While in Amishi’s lab, she piloted a project on the effects of mood on working memory. Now a Neuroscience graduate student in Sharon Thompson-Schill’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania, she is using behavioral and fMRI methods to investigate the storage and organization of semantic memory in the brain.
Eranda R. Jayawickreme Eranda R. Jayawickreme, M.A.
Eranda is a Psychology graduate student in Dr. Martin Seligman’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Eranda’s first-year master’s thesis, which was co-supervised by Dr. Jha, examined the effects of positive stimuli on attention and working memory.
Jennifer Katz Jennifer Katz
J.D., University of California Los Angeles
Anastasia Kiyonaga Anastasia Kiyonaga
Graduate student, Egner Lab, Duke University
Jason Krompinger Jason Krompinger
Jason is currently a graduate student in the University of Delaware clinical Psychology program. He uses ERPs to study cognition and emotion. He is specifically interested in attentional biases in mood disorders as reflected in ERPs that index motivated attention and error processing.
Minjoo Kweon Minjoo Kweon, Psychology student
Research Interests: Influence of mindfulness training on attention.
Brian Lakey Brian Lakey
Sylvia Llosa Sylvia Llosa

Audrey Lustig Audrey Lustig
Graduate student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kaelyn Lynch Kaelyn Lynch
Lauren Mancuso Lauren Mancuso
Research Assistant to Dr. David Wolk, University of Pennsylvania
Victor Mancini Victor Mancini

Anish Mehta Anish Mehta
Medical student, Case Western Reserve University
Suzanne Parker Suzanne Parker
Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology, American University
Zev Rosen Zev Rosen
Graduate student, Neuroscience at Columbia
Nina Rostrup Nina Rostrup
Deepak Sambhara Deepak Sambhara
Medical student, University of Illinois College of Medicine ’14
Gopal Shah Gopal Shah
Project manager, Epic Systems, Madison, WI
Danielle Spiegel Danielle Spiegel
Law student, New York University
Kartik Sreenivasan Kartik Sreenivasan
Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi
Alice Tang Alice Tang
Medical student, University of Vermont
Ling Wong Ling Wong
Graduate student, Neuroscience at UC-Davis