The Science of Compassion
2017 Festival of Faiths | Louisville, KY
April 2019: Science and meditation: Perspectives from neuroscience, social psychology, and Buddhist studies. Presentation for Kagyu Sukha Chöling, Center for the Practice and Study of Tibetan Buddhism, Ashland, OR.
February 2019: Wisdom and compassion: Awakening capacities to build resilient communities. Southern Oregon University Campus Theme presentation, Ashland, OR.
November 2018: Why do people knowingly do things that are bad for their health, and how can we serve them better? Presentation for the Smullin Center 5thAnnual Pre-Diabetes Conference, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Medford, OR.
July 2018: Team-based learning: A sustainable model for group work throughout the university curriculum. Presentation at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Seattle, WA.
May 2018: The science and practice of mindfulness and compassion meditation. Continuing Education Workshop for the Eastern Oregon Psychological Association 33rdAnnual Conference, Wallowa Lake, OR.
October 2017: The science of compassion: Perspectives from psychology, neuroscience, and mind-body medicine. Presentation for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare Continuing Medical Education Program: “Compassion in practice: Achieving better outcomes by maximizing communication, relationships and resilience.” Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
April 2017: Compassion and science: Integration, evidence, and questions. Presentation at the 22ndAnnual Festival of Faiths, Center for Interfaith Relations, Louisville, KY.
March 2017: Forces for good: Compassion, meditation, and social connectivity. Presentation for the Northeastern Active Minds Colloquia, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
November 2016: Meaning and method: Scientific and contemplative perspectives on compassion. Panel presentation at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, San Diego, CA. With B. Lavelle, J. Dunne, J. Makransky, & J. Coan.
November 2016: Forces for good: Compassion, meditation, and mechanisms to enhance wellbeing. Invited colloquia at the Department of Psychology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
May 2016: Self, desire, and virtue in romantic relationships: A novel integration of Buddhist philosophy and relationship science. Presentation at the 1stSelf, Motivation, and Virtue conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. With C. Wilson-Mendenhall & J. Dunne.
January 2016: How can contemplative practice increase students’ compassion for others? Presentation for the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning through Research, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
December 2015: Causes and consequences of compassion: Moral decision-making, relationships, and wellbeing. Invited colloquia at the Department of Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
March 2015: Self and desire as seeds of virtue: A Buddhist-inspired multi-method investigation. Invited presentation at the Interdisciplinary Moral Forum at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. With J. Dunne.
February 2015: Mindfulness and compassion: Social psychological investigations of ancient claims. Paper presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 16thAnnual Convention, Long Beach, CA.
October 2014: Is compassion good? The science and conception of prosocial behavior. Panel presentation at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA. With J. Davis, G. Desbordes, E. Robbins, J. Makransky, & B. Lavelle.
July 2014: Cultivating compassion: The effects of meditation on prosocial emotion and action. Invited presentation at the Laboratory for Meditation Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA.
February 2014: The effects of mindfulness- and compassion-based meditation on prosocial behavior. Presentation at the Buddhist Studies Graduate Conference at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
February 2014: Meditation increases compassionate responses to suffering. Paper presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 15th Annual Convention, Austin, TX.
November 2013: Meditation and compassionate behavior. Presentation at the Metro-Area Research Group on Awareness and Meditation, New York University, New York, NY.
October 2013: Meditation and compassionate behavior. Presentation at the Boston Area Moral Cognition Group, Boston University, Boston, MA.
July 2013: Meditation and compassionate behavior. Presentation at the Mind & Life Institute, Hadley, MA.
June 2013: Meditation and compassionate behavior. Presentation at the Mind & Life 10th Annual Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY.
January 2013: The power of incidental compassion in the interpersonal domain. Paper presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 14th Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.
July 2011: Compassion for one reduces punishment for another. Paper presented at the European Association of Social Psychology 16th General Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden.
June 2011: Compassion for one reduces punishment for another. Paper presented at the Mind & Life 8th Annual Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY.
May 2011: Compassion for one reduces punishment for another. Paper presented at the Association of Psychological Science 23rd Annual Convention, Washington D.C.