Researchers Involved


Researchers Involved

The following people were involved in the Future of Meditation Research gatherings, paper, and/or MOOC.

  • Jan Chozen Bays, MD, serves as co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, a residential center for intensive Zen training in Clatskanie, Oregon. She is also a published author.

  • Willoughby Britton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Assistant Professor of Behavioral & Social Science, Brown University Alpert Medical School.  “The Varieties of Meditation Experience”

  • Rael Cahn, MD, PhD, University of California, San Diego.  “Neural Correlates of Widening the Experience of Self”

  • Mark Coleman, meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and author of Awake in the Wild.

  • Arno DeLorme, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Institute of Noetic Sciences; CNRS principal investigator in Toulouse, France; Faculty Project Scientist at the University of California, San Diego.  “Meditation and Unexplained Phenomena: Theory and Experiments”

  • Elissa Epel, PhD, Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; Director, AME Laboratory.   “Meditation, Emotion Regulation, and Cellular Aging.”

  • Mica Estrada, PhD, Research Faculty at California State University, San Marcos. She co-leads a National Institutes of Health longitudinal, theory-driven evaluation minority science training programs.  “Community and Consciousness”

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  • Zoran Josipovic, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Director/Principal Investigator, Contemplative Science Lab, Department of Psychology, New York University; Founding Director, Nonduality Institute.  “Neuroscience of Nonduality”

  • Al Kaszniak, PhD, Head, Department of Psychology and Professor, Psychology, Neurology, and Psychiatry, University of Arizona, Tucson; Director, Neuropsychology, Emotion, and Memory Lab.  “Transformation in Long-Term Meditation”

  • Edward Kelly, PhD, Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia School of Medicine.  “Irreducible Mind”

  • Jared Lindahl, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies, Warren Wilson College.  “Stages of Meditation Practice and Humanistic Research Methodology”

  • Katherine MacLean, PhD, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  “Meditation, Happiness and Death of Self-Identity”

  • Paul Mills, PhD, Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego.  “Who Meditates and Why?”

  • Michael Murphy, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Esalen Institute, and directs the Institute’s think tank operations through its Center for Theory & Research (CTR). He is also the author of The Future of the Body, The Life We Are Given, Golf in the Kingdom, The Kingdom of Shivas Irons, Jacob Atabet, and An End to Ordinary History.

  • Dean Radin, PhD, Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.  “Science of the Siddhis: Advanced Meditation and Extraordinary Human Capacities”

  • David Presti, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Neurobiology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Program in Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley.  “Deepening the Dialogue between Contemplative Traditions and Science: Scientific Revolution and the Mind-Matter Relation”

  • Michael Sapiro, PsyD, psychologist and meditation teacher; director of Maitri House Yoga; and consultant with IONS.

  • Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, social anthropologist, researcher, writer, trainer, educator, and public speaker. She is a Senior Fellow and Past President at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and Senior Scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute.

  • Shauna Shapiro, PhD, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. “Interrelatedness, Embodiment, and Intimacy.”

  • Fred Travis, PhD, Chair of the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science; Director, Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition; Dean of the Graduate School, Maharishi University of Management.  “Methods and Measures: A Proposed Taxonomy of Meditation Practices”

  • Fadel Zeidan, PhD, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Wake Forest University.  “Neuroscience of Meditation and Pain: Is Meditation a Placebo?”

  • Cassandra Vieten, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist, President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and Faculty Member/Psychologist at California Pacific Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry.