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Richard Davidson

Expert in neuroscience of emotion and methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices

William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry; Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds College of Letters and Science Home page Twitter: @@healthyminds


  • Neuroscience and mind-body biological relationships
  • Neural roots of human emotion, including positive qualities such as kindness and compassion
  • Mental and physical well-being across the lifespan, from pregnancy into old age
  • Research on psychopathology such as anxiety, depression, PTSD
  • Effectiveness and impact of mindfulness-based practices and meditation on mental and physical health


  • Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the premier authority dedicated to the health and medical sciences
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP).
  • World Economic Forum Global Council on Mental Health Member
  • 2006 Time Magazine listed one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”