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

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Jha_highres_5_27_2015_cropped Amishi Jha
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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Alex Morrison Alex Morrison
Brief Bio
Curriculum Vitae
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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Post-Doctoral Researcher

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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Mindfulness & Compassion Trainer

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Assistant Director of Training and Programs, UMindfulness InitiativeMaria Paula is a certified teacher for the Compassion Cultivation Training Program from 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, & Spain and she had a private practice which integrated psychotherapy with a contemplative approach. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Los Andes University with a minor in Business Administration. In addition, she 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

Emily Brudner Emily Brudner
Research Interests: The neural underpinnings involved in affective processing and emotion regulation, specifically as they relate to cognition and psychopathological disorders.
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Nicolas_Ramos Nicolas Ramos
Research Interests: Influencing factors, such as emotion and anxiety, on cognitive strategies and attentional performance.
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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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Undergraduate Students

Joseph Dunn Joseph Dunn, UM ’17
Research Interests: Attention and stress management, especially in undergraduates.
Major: Psychology.
Sydney Feldman Sydney Feldman, UM ’17
Research Interests: Mindfulness and its effects on attention and our ability to perform everyday tasks.
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.
Ethan Homedi Ethan Homedi, UM ’17
Research Interests: The interactions of stress and psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
Major: Neuroscience.
Ariel Paz Ariel Paz, UM ’17
Research Interests: Mindfulness and its effects on the brain and overall health.
Major: Neuroscience.
Lindsey Slavin Lindsey Slavin, UM ’17
Research Interests: Sports and performance psychology.
Major: Psychology.
Kristen Zayan Kristen Zayan, UM ’17
Research Interests: Mindfulness as a mechanism to slow neural degradation and strengthen our attention.
Major: Neuroscience.


Lab Alumni

Benjamin Slavin Benjamin Slavin
Laura_MacKinnon1 Laura MacKinnon
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