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

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Amishi Jha Amishi Jha
Brief Bio
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
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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.
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Alex Morrison Alex Morrison
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.
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Allen Osman Allen Osman
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests: Effects of mindfulness-based mental training on perception, thought, emotion, and volition. How these effects promote well-being, resilience, and discerning action.
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Post Docs

Ekaterina Denkova Ekaterina Denkova
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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Graduate Students

Marissa Krimsky Marissa Krimsky
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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Research Associates

Merissa G. Merissa Goolsarran
Research Interests: Stress, mindfulness, and resilience in service members and veterans.
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Eliot T.S. Eliot Tang-Smith
Research Interests: How mindfulness training affects cognitive control, emotion regulation, and how that may be translated into a therapeutic context.
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Laura_MacKinnon1 Laura MacKinnon
Research Interests: Mindfulness training, stress management, optimizing performance and well-being.
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Undergraduate Students

Joseph Dunn Joseph Dunn, UM ’17
Research Interests: Attention and stress management, especially in undergraduates.
Major: Neuroscience.
Ash Tilak Ash Tilak, UM ’15
Research Interests: Application of non-drug techniques such as mindfulness meditation in treating neurological disorders.
Major: Neuroscience.
Lauren Walter Lauren Walter, UM ’15
Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, specifically the neural effects of stress and anxiety on cognitive functioning.
Major: Neuroscience.
Emily Brudner Emily Brudner, UM ’15
Research Interests: The neural effects of mindfulness training on attention and working memory with a specific focus on stress.
Major: Psychology.
Ethan Homedi Ethan Homedi, UM ’16
Research Interests: The interactions of stress and psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
Major: Neuroscience.
Ariel Paz Ariel Paz, UM ’17
Research Interests: The slowing of neural degradation using mindfulness techniques.
Major: Neuroscience.
Kristen Zayan Kristen Zayan, UM ’17
Research Interests: Mindfulness as a mechanism to slow neural degradation and strengthen our attention.
Major: Neuroscience.
Shivani Hanchate Shivani Hanchate, UM ’17
Research Interests: The application of mindfulness and meditation to neurological diseases and improving memory.
Major: Neuroscience- Chemistry & Public Health.


Lab Alumni

Sybil Allison Sybil Allison
Trae Williamson Trae Williamson
Matthew Gosselin Matthew Gosselin, Major, USAF (Retired)
Martin Paczynski Martin Paczynski
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