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

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The University of Miami’s Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative (UMindfulness) is an inter-disciplinary collaboration across the University of Miami that brings together cutting-edge brain research and contemplative training (mindfulness and compassion training). Our contemplative training programs are offered in nonsectarian, accessible, and innovative ways to optimize performance, enhance wellness, and promote resilience. Over the past six years, the UMindfulness Initiative has engaged with thousands of attendees through our Lecture Series, workshops, and retreats.


Past Speakers

Amishi Noah Levine
Against the Stream – Applying Contemplative Practices to Addiction and Recovery
February 23rd, 2017
Amishi Sharon Salzberg
Afternoon Lecture and Conversation with Sharon Salzberg
January 29th, 2016
Amishi Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Healing Power of Mindfulness: Living Your Moments as if They Really Mattered – Because They Do
October 9th, 2015
Amishi Zindel Segal
The Mindful Way Through Depression
April 7th, 2015
Amishi Dan Goleman
A Lecture and Conversation with Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
January 28th, 2015
Amishi Tim Ryan
Creating a Mindful Nation: A New Agenda for a New America
November 10th, 2014
Amishi Dan Harris
10% Happier: The Skeptical Case for Meditation
September 17th, 2014
Amishi Sharon Salzberg
Mindfulness, Compassion, and Real Happiness
March 25th, 2014
Amishi Daniel Gottlieb
A Mindful Journey from Trauma to Recovery to Gratitude and Love
March 4th, 2014


Past Retreats

Amishi Sharon Salzberg
Compassion and Mindfulness, 2-day Nonresidential Retreat
January 30th-31st, 2016
Day 1
Day 2 Talk 1
Day 2 Talk 2
Amishi Maria T. Kluge
A Mindful Afternoon
November 8th, 2014

UMindfulness Leadership

Amishi Amishi Jha
Co-Founder and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience
Dr. Jha’s research focuses on the brain bases of attention, working memory, and mindfulness 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 training techniques that strengthen the brain’s attention networks.
Scott Scott Rogers
Co-Founder and Director of Programs and Training
Professor Rogers is a leader in the area of mindfulness and the law and works with law school faculty and administrators across the country interested in developing mindfulness classes and programs. He is the Director of the Mindfulness in Law Program at the University of Miami School of Law.
Maria Maria Paula Jimenez Palacio
Assistant Director of Programs and Training
Maria Paula is a Certified Compassion Cultivation Teacher by the Center for Compassion and Altruism and Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford’s School of Medicine. She has trained over 700 people in Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Spain. She is currently a Mindfulness and Compassion Trainer in the Laboratory of Dr. Amishi Jha.


Resources and Links

UMindfulness Initiative
UMindfulness on Youtube
UMindfulness on Twitter


Contact us!

Phone: (305) 284-8148
Address: UMindfulness Initiative, c/o Jha Lab, 5665 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL, 33146