|Amishi Jha, 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.
Amishi Jha Brief Bio
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
ajha AT psy.miami.edu
Research Interests: Working memory and attention, and the outcomes of cognitive training with techniques such as mindfulness meditation and computerized working memory training.
amorrison AT psy.miami.edu
Research Interests: Influence of cognitive training on language production and processing.
m.paczynski AT miami.edu
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: Mindfulness in the workplace, especially as it pertains to leadership.
trae AT wagmiami.com
Research & Training Coordinator
|Matthew Gosselin, Captain, USAF (Retired)
Research Interests: Promoting resilience in high stress cohorts, specifically military members and their families, using mindfulness training techniques to optimize performance and improve ability to deal with the increased stress associated with multiple deployments and a life in the military.
mgosselin AT miami.edu
|Adam Burton, UM ’14
Research Interests: The neural effects of mindfulness training on cognitive functioning, particularly in relation to working memory and executive function. Major: Neuroscience.
|Lisa Cameron, UM ’15
Research Interests: The neural basis of mindfulness training and the effects of stress on neurocognitive function. Major: Neuroscience and Math.
|Jason Frishman, UM ’14
Research Interests: The neural mechanisms of long term and working memory and the effects of external variables, such as stress or cognitive training, on memory. Major: Neuroscience.
|Kaelyn Lynch, UM ’14
Research Interests: Using mindfulness as a way to combat extreme stress and increase resiliency in military members and their families. Major: Psychology.
|Victor Mancini, UM ’14
Research Interests: How mindfulness training may help reduce the negative effects of multitasking in a work environment. Major: Psychology.
|Jennifer Rizzo, UM ’15
Research Interests: How beneficial methods, such as mindfulness training, or hindrances, such as stress, can be manipulated to affect attention, working memory, and other cognitive functions. Major: Neuroscience.
|Ash Tilak, UM ’15
Research Interests: Application of non-drug techniques such as mindfulness meditation in treating neurological disorders. Major: Neuroscience.
|Lauren Walter, UM ’15
Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, specifically the neural effects of stress and anxiety on cognitive functioning. Major: Neuroscience.
|Sam Warn, UM ’15
Research Interests: Neural mechanisms involved in combating extreme stress, conflict, and disease. Major: Neuroscience.
Graduate student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Undergraduate, University of Miami
Undergraduate, New York University
|Brandon Chen, Bioengineering Independent Study Student
Research Interests: Investigating if mind-wandering can be reduced with mental training.
Clinical Writer, ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Research Assistant to Dr. Paul Rozin, University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania
Graduate student, University of Maryland
Medical student, University of Connecticut
Mental health counselor, Boston, MA
Graduate student, University of Pennsylvania Counseling Psychology program
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, 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.
J.D., University of California Los Angeles
Graduate student, Egner Lab, Duke University
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, Psychology student
Research Interests: Influence of mindfulness training on attention.
Graduate student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Research Assistant to Dr. David Wolk, University of Pennsylvania
Medical student, Case Western Reserve University
Graduate student, Neuroscience at Columbia
Medical student, University of Illinois College of Medicine ’14
Project manager, Epic systems, Madison, WI
Law student, New York University
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Medical student, University of Vermont
Graduate student, Neuroscience at UC-Davis