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Principal Investigator Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative, University of Miami. She 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.
Brief Bio and Publications
Research Interests: Working memory, attention, and mind wandering, the interaction of cognition with stress and aging, and the ability to enhance or protect cognition though mindfulness training and computerized working memory training.
amorrison AT psy.miami.edu
Research Interests: Effects of mindfulness-based mental training on perception, thought, emotion, and volition. How these effects promote well-being, resilience, and discerning action.
aosman AT psy.miami.edu
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).
ekaterina.denkova AT yahoo.ca
Research Interests: Measuring the transformative cognitive and behavioral effects of mindfulness meditation.
m.krimsky AT umiami.edu
Research Interests: Using cognitive neuroscience techniques to study effects of mindfulness meditation, particularly among high-stress populations.
jrooks AT psy.miami.edu
Research Interests: Stress, mindfulness, and resilience in service members and veterans.
m.goolsarran1 AT umiami.edu
Research Interests: Mindfulness training, stress management, optimizing performance and well-being.
llm21 AT miami.edu
Research Interests: Influencing factors, such as mindfulness and anxiety, on cognitive strategies and attentional performance.
nxr187 AT miami.edu
|Joseph Dunn, UM ’17
Research Interests: Attention and stress management, especially in undergraduates.
|Ash Tilak, UM ’15
Research Interests: Application of non-drug techniques such as mindfulness meditation in treating neurological disorders.
|Lauren Walter, UM ’15
Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, specifically the neural effects of stress and anxiety on cognitive functioning.
|Emily Brudner, UM ’15
Research Interests: The neural effects of mindfulness training on attention and working memory with a specific focus on stress.
|Ethan Homedi, UM ’16
Research Interests: The interactions of stress and psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
|Ariel Paz, UM ’17
Research Interests: The slowing of neural degradation using mindfulness techniques.
|Kristen Zayan, UM ’17
Research Interests: Mindfulness as a mechanism to slow neural degradation and strengthen our attention.
|Shivani Hanchate, UM ’17
Research Interests: The application of mindfulness and meditation to neurological diseases and improving memory.
Major: Neuroscience- Chemistry & Public Health.