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Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics Seminar Archives

Contemplative Science Seminar Archives

 

April 20, 2022 –

Healthcare provider burnout is pervasive, harmful, costly, and worsening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this talk, Marcia Ash, MPH, and Jennifer Mascaro, PhD, shared foundational, interventional, and implementation research they have been conducting at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute to understand burnout and solutions to address it. Marcia Ash presented organizational causes of burnout and the consequences for compassion, as well as on how burnout has changed throughout the pandemic. Jennifer Mascaro discussed a new group-based contemplative intervention that is currently being evaluated to bolster resilience and interpersonal safety among healthcare teams.

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March 9, 2022 –

Relative to the attention paid to biological forces, little attention has been spent trying to understand how psychological and social forces can be harnessed as tools for healing inside the doctor’s office. By helping care teams realize that they can use psychological and social interventions to help their patients, we can expand providers’ healing arsenal. In this talk Health Psychologist, Speaker, and Writer, Dr. Kari Leibowitz, shared several interventions conducted during her time at Stanford University that help us harness psychological and social forces in healthcare by intervening on both patients' and providers' mindsets in the healthcare encounter. The overall goal of this work is to bring us closer to realizing the promise of the biopsychosocial model of health by underscoring the impact of psychological and social forces on patient outcomes and experience, and assessing interventions for leveraging these forces in practice.

 

February 16, 2022 –

Loneliness is everybody’s business. Neither a pathology nor a rare affliction, it is part of the human condition. Severe and chronic loneliness, however, is a threat to individual and public health and appears to be on the rise. In this talk, Chikako Ozawa-de Silva presented findings addressed in her recently published book, The Anatomy of Loneliness: Suicide, Social Connection, and the Search for Relational Meaning in Contemporary Japan. This illuminating book examines loneliness in Japan, focusing on rising rates of suicide, the commodification of intimacy, and problems impacting youth. Through a series of interviews and stories, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva points to how society itself can exacerbate experiences of loneliness, considers how to turn the tide of the “lonely society,” and calls for a deeper understanding of empathy and subjective experience on both individual and systemic levels.

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October 20, 2021 –

For many years, psychology and neuroscience focused exclusively on negative emotional states, such as depression and fear. Recently, there is a growing recognition of the value of studying positive states of mind, including well-being and compassion. Furthermore, rather than being something that we’re just born with, evidence indicates that well-being and compassion can be practiced and fostered over the lifespan. This talk will provide an overview of the neuroscience of positive states of mind and the biological pathways through which well-being and compassion affect our mental and physical health. In this presentation on, “The Neuroscience of Well-Being and Compassion,” Dr. Robin Nusslock, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neurobiology at Northwestern University, examined how practices designed to increase well-being and compassion, such as meditation, can generate long-term changes in the brain and body. He also discussed new methods for studying the biology of compassion, including brain imaging, peripheral markers, and functional genomics.

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September 15, 2021 –

Every year in the United States, over 100 Americans donate one of their own kidneys to a stranger. Dozens more receive the Carnegie Medal for heroism for rescuing strangers from danger. The question is: why? What drives people to take risks and make sacrifices to help others, including strangers? In this talk, Dr. Abigail Marsh, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University,  considers the biological, social, emotional, and cultural forces that support the emergence of altruism and care for others. She presented results of their work including behavioral and brain imaging research aimed at understanding the roots of extraordinary altruism. Results of their research suggest that individuals who possess neural and cognitive characteristics that predispose them to high levels of care and compassion. In terms of their brain structure and function, they look the opposite of highly callous individuals (such as psychopaths), suggesting they anchor the high end of a "caring continuum." Altruists also show unusually strong connections between brain areas that support parental care. These variations may increase altruists’ capacity for empathic responding and bias them toward protective responses to others’ distress. Together, these results suggest that extraordinary altruism may result from variations in established neural and cognitive phenomena that support social and emotional responsiveness. They also suggest that human altruism may be subserved by ancient neural systems that support parental and alloparental care. 

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August 18, 2021 –

Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health (CCSH™) is a program to bolster the wellbeing, resilience, and compassion of healthcare patients and staff. CCSH™ augments spiritual health education and best practices with CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training), a program developed at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University. CCSH™ interventions are delivered by spiritual care professionals trained in both CBCT® and ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education. Each CCSH™ Fellow will present on one of the four stages of the CCSH™ model integrating unique insights from providing spiritual health during their 2-year fellowship with Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare.

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April 21, 2021 – 

Matthew T. Lee, PhD, Director of Empirical Research, Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University explored the contemplative, conceptual, and empirical resources available to individuals and groups who seek to co-create a more regenerative world. In its fullest sense, flourishing involves integrating individual, organizational, communal, planetary, and spiritual dimensions of well-being.  Compassionate acts, structures, and cultures aim beyond the reduction of suffering and injustice and toward this expansive horizon of flourishing.  This requires “system stewards” to simultaneously address ecological, economic, cultural, political, and affective inequalities. 

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March 17, 2021 – 

Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, FAAN, VP Practice & Innovation, Emory Healthcare, led a conversation that explored the inherent compassion that arises when living and nonliving objects connect with one another and how we translate these connections, especially in healthcare, to healing and growth. With stories, images, and music, Tim examined the core concepts of "beginning, middle, and end" and ways that perhaps we can better measure the attenuation of suffering, while also addressing it in real time with the objective of sharing healing with people in need.

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February 17, 2021 – 

Eboni Bugg, LCSW, Director of Programs for the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, drew on her personal and professional experiences with Clinical Social Work, Buddhism, Yoga, and Mindfulness, to explore how the sacred act of bearing witness and radical listening are powerful contemplative tools that can be used to discern and to act.

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November 18, 2020 – 

Elizabeth Hearn, Director, and Ayodele Harrison, Assistant Director, of the CREATE Teacher Residency, presented on how they have tailored CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) to support educators in fifteen Atlanta Public Schools. Funded primarily by an innovation grant from the US Department of Education, CREATE is showing remarkable outcomes and attracting national attention for promoting teacher resilience and effectiveness and curbing burnout and attrition.

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October 21, 2020 – 

Thaddeus Pace, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona and Edgar González Hernández, PhD, Full Time Professor at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, México, spoke on how CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) can be helpful in promoting wellbeing in breast cancer survivors and those who care for them. Their research findings have shown that when CBCT® is practiced with commitment and over time, it can gradually transform challenging habits of the mind into those that facilitate healing and flourishing.

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September 16, 2020 – 

Charles Raison, MD, Director of Research on Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare, spoke on a unique collaboration between the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion Based-Ethics and Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare to provide compassion-based interventions for both patients and healthcare providers. His talk explored data suggesting that CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) has psychological and biological effects known to enhance resilience and wellbeing. Further, he discussed recent efforts to adapt and implement the insights and practices of CBCT into novel interventions delivered by Spiritual Health clinicians.

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FALL 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT –

The Contemplative Science Seminar will be held online for Fall 2020!

The dates for this fall are:

  • September 16th from 4:00-5:00pm
  • October 21st from 4:00 – 5:00pm
  • November 18th from 4:00 – 5:00pm

Stay tuned for more details including seminar speaker announcements and the webinar link. If you would like to be added to the seminar email list, please email hannah.e.smith@emory.edu.

 

February 19, 2020 –

Bobbi Patterson, PhD, Professor of Pedagogy, Associate Director of the Graduate Division of Religion, presented on her newly published book, Building Resilience Through Contemplative Practice: A Field Manual for Helping Professionals and Volunteers, which recasts burnout as a normal and necessary phase of service – not a signal of failed will or selfishness.

 

January 15, 2020 –

Arri Eisen, PhD, Professor of Pedagogy, offered insights from his journey of collaborative research with Tibetan monks and nuns and what the integration of Buddhism and science has taught. He spoke to the nature of the cross-cultural opportunities and challenges, and plans for developing a new type of contemplative investigator.

 

November 11, 2019

The Contemplative Science Seminar will return for Spring 2020 featuring scholars from a variety of disciplines!

Unlike previous semesters, the seminar will take place on the THIRD Wednesday of every month. It will be held in the Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (PAIS) room 220 from 4-5pm. More announcements to come!

 

November 6, 2019

Tyralynn Frazier, PhD, MPH, Associate Research Scientist, SEE Learning, Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics

Dr. Frazier discussed the potential benefits and challenges of cultivating compassion in K-12 education, as well as the Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning program and the research being developed to expand understanding of compassion cultivation in children and adolescents.

 

October 2, 2019

Briana Woods-Jaeger, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Woods-Jaeger presented her research on incorporating mindfulness into cultural humility training for educators and increasing access to culturally-relevant mindfulness-based interventions for African American parents.

 

September 4, 2019

David Addiss, PhD, Director of the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics (FACE) at the Task Force for Global Health, Founder of the Center For Compassion & Global Health

Dr. Addiss presented emerging work to promote compassion in a global health context. His lecture addressed challenges of extending compassion on a wide scale, the growing need for better compassion metrics, and the epidemiology of compassion.

 

May 1, 2019

Yoona Kang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Communications Neuroscience Lab, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kang presented research on the effect of self-transcendence, or the drive to benefit others beyond self-interest. She focused specifically on whether and how self-transcendence may alter neural signals during health message exposure and subsequent health behavior change.

 

March 21, 2019

Robert Roeser, PhD, Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion, Penn State University 

In conjunction with Tibet Week, Dr. Roeser presented about “Education and the Science of Compassion” – a fascinating overview of what science tells us about the role compassion plays in social-emotional development and how contemplative practices can enhance the effectiveness of schools and other educational institutions.

 

March 6, 2019

Jennifer Goetz, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Centre College

Dr. Goetz is a social and cultural psychologist from Centre College whose research addresses emotional experience and expression, cultural values, and Chinese culture. In her session, Dr. Goetz presented her research on, “Who Deserves to Suffer? Cultural Variation in Sympathy and Responses to Suffering.”

 

February 6, 2019

Stephanie Evans, PhD, Professor and Chair, African American Studies

Africana Women’s Studies & History, Clark Atlanta University 

Dr. Evans presented on, “Historical Wellness: Five Self-Care Traditions in Black Women’s Centenarian Memoirs.” Her research focused on meditation, music, prayer, yoga, and exercise in African American elder women’s narratives, and how intellectual history can contribute to contemporary studies of race, gender, and mental health.

 

December 5, 2018

Lynne Borden, PhD, Department of Family Social Sciences, University of  Minnesota

Dr. Borden presented her research focused on using community-based methods to promote positive development of young people and their families.

 

November 7, 2018

Nancy Thompson, PhD, Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Thompson spoke about adapting Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for African American and Hispanic populations using a distance delivered depression management system that she developed called “Project UPLIFT.”

 

October 3, 2018 – 

Paul Verhaeghen, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Dr. Verhaeghen addressed ideas from his book, Presence: How Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind and Life.

 

September 5, 2018 – 

Jennifer Mascaro, PhD, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine Marianne Florian, MA, MTS, Graduate Department of Religion

Dr. Jennifer Mascaro and Marianne Florian addressed the question, “What is Contemplative Science?” The presentation drew from specific examples from Dr. Mascaro’s emerging research with CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training).

 

May 2, 2018 --

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, PhD, D. Phil, Associate Direction for SEE Learning at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics Lindy Settevendemie, MAT, Project Coordinator for SEE Learning at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics

 

April 4, 2018

Inaugural Seminar – “How is Contemplative Science Relevant to Your Field: An Interdisciplinary Panel on the Emerging Field of Contemplative Science.” 

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics

Bobbi Patterson, PhD, Professor of Pedagogy, Associate Director of the Graduate Division of Religion           

Arri Eisen, PhD, Professor of Pedagogy

Sherryl Goodman, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology