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. mindfulness, compassion)
from a neuroscientific perspective.
I received an NIH
K01 grant to conduct a clinical trial of Mindfulness-Based
Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for major depression, with functional
MRI brain scans before and after the intervention.
I am a member of the Mindfulness
Research Collaborative. We were 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.
I am also one of the project leaders on an NIH-funded
Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health
investigating central and autonomic nervous system
mechanisms of a mindfulness-based intervention for
I previously contributed to a multisite study
of meditation and mind-body health
and Attention Longitudinal Meditation (CALM) study)
that included fMRI.
Our findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (full article) and have received press coverage in the Boston Globe, the Harvard Gazette, 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.