I am currently an Instructor (research faculty) at the
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-Harvard-MIT
Center for Biomedical Imaging. My main
research interest is in the investigation of different types of
meditation practices (e.g. mindful attention, compassion)
from a neuroscientific perspective.
My current main study is a clinical trial of Mindfulness-Based
Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for major depression, with functional
MRI brain scans before and after the intervention. This study
is funded by
NIH grant K01AT008225.
I am also a member of the Mindfulness
Research Collaborative. We were recently awarded a collaborative
grant UH2AT009145) as part of the NIH Science of Behavior Change
to study the impact of mindfulness training on self-regulation and
adherence to medical regimen.
Another study that I've been working on since 2009 is
part of a multisite investigation
of meditation and mind-body health
and Attention Longitudinal Meditation (CALM) study),
which is a collaboration between the Martinos
Center, Boston University, Emory University,
and the University of Arizona.
Our first results were published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (full article) and have received press coverage in the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, the Harvard Gazette, the Epoch Times, the Philippine Star, the French magazine Science&Vie, and others, and were featured as an NIH Research Spotlight.
I also collaborated with David DeSteno and
Paul Condon to investigate how meditation training
increases compassion. Our results were published in the journal Psychological Science (preprint) and have been featured in the New York Times and on WBUR.
Before joining the field of human brain imaging
I was a postdoctoral fellow in computational neuroscience,
working in Garrett
Stanley's group on neuronal population
coding in the early visual pathway (2006-2009).
See my Research Interests
for more details.