Yi-Yuan Tang is a Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychological Sciences and Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University. He studies the neuroscience of attention, creativity, decision-making, learning, emotion, self-control and body-mind interaction using psychosocial, physiological, neuroimaging, mental training and genetic analysis. He has developed a novel mindfulness-based preventive intervention – Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) and has studied its mechanisms and effects in large randomized clinical trials in healthy and patient populations since 1990s. He has published 8 books, such as Brain-Based Learning and Education: Principles and Practice, The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation: How the Body and Mind Work Together to Change Our Behaviour, and more than 290 peer-reviewed articles including “Nature Reviews Neuroscience”, “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, “Trends in Cognitive Sciences.” His findings are reported in the scientific journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Review Neuroscience, Neuron, and popular media including BBC, The Press Association, Reuters, TIME, New York Times and NPR. He has received New Century Excellent Talents Award, Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards and Thousand Talents Award. Tang received a PhD in neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience from Dalian University of Tech. At Stanford University, he is working on a project about the science of presence and its application in human connection, achievement, happiness and enlightenment.
Annie joined the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education as a fellow in the fall of 2013. She is a senior at Stanford University studying Psychology, with a concentrated interest in Positive Psychology. In her work with CCARE, Annie is dedicated to spreading compassion to her fellow students through means of education. With the help of Project Happiness, a non-profit based in Palo Alto, Annie has begun teaching a course at Stanford to help students cultivate true happiness and compassion in their lives. Annie feels inspired in sharing her story of overcoming suffering and teaching effective methods to promote resilience and increase gratitude in every day life. After graduation, she hopes to continue to promote wellness and health in the Bay Area and eventually completing her yoga certification with the goal of one day having her own integrative healing practice.
Daryl Cameron earned his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the College of William and Mary in 2006, and received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2013. Daryl is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Iowa. Daryl has two primary lines of research. First, he focuses on the causes and consequences of compassion. He has shown how our tendency to feel more compassion for one victim than many victims is driven by fear of compassion and emotion regulation. He has also examined how regulating compassion can create its own costs by changing moral identity and moral principles. His other line of research explores the affective dynamics of moral judgment. He has shown how emotional awareness can enable more informed moral decisions, and how automatic and controlled emotional processes interact to shape moral judgments and decisions to help others. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Heineberg is a clinical supervisor for therapists in training and lecturer for Palo Alto University, as well as Applied Psychological Interventions Associate at CCARE. His work is informed by his training in Compassion Focused Therapy and evidence based principles to explore new routes towards healing via compassion practices. Dr. Heineberg’s passion has been finding effective methods for healing the cycle of violence with compassion. With collaborators Drs. Rony Berger and Philip Zimbardo, he has been implementing “ERASE-Stress-Pro-Social”, a school-based, teacher mediated program that reduces post traumatic distress and increases pro social engagement in warzones and inner cities. They have recently completed data collection on an international project to examine the processes of heroic transformation from violence to peacemaker among former gang members, and Israeli and Palestinian former combatants who now work to make peace in their communities. These pilots will inform future compassion trainings in school systems worldwide. Dr. Heineberg is also passionate about scalable technology based interventions to increase wellbeing and compassion. He recently developed VBT (Values and Behavior Tracking), a web based program that emphasizes a healing integration of positive values with kind behaviors. He also works with his collaborator Dr. Dan Martin in order to develop additional technology tools to increase wellbeing and pro-sociality in a variety of settings, ranging from clinical populations, to school systems and workplace environments. Dr. Heineberg earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and comparative literature at Tel Aviv University. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford consortium focusing on the cycle of violence, trauma and aggression, and applied scalable interventions to increase psychological wellbeing, and compassion for self and others. He recently completed his post-doctoral fellowship with CCARE, where he has focused his energy on developing compassion interventions, as well as leading the Stanford Compassion In Action student volunteer initiative in East Palo Alto.
Brian Knutson is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Stanford University, and a CHP/PCOR associate. His research focuses on the neural basis of emotional experience and expression. He investigates this topic with a number of methods including self-report, measurement of nonverbal behavior, comparative ethology, psychopharmacology, and functional brain imaging. His long-term goal is to understand the neurochemical and neuroanatomical mechanisms responsible for emotional experience and to explore the implications of these findings for the assessment and treatment of clinical disorders of affect and addiction, as well as economic behavior. Knutson has received Young Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Association for Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Psychiatric Association, and the New York Academy of Science. He received BA degrees in experimental psychology and comparative religion from Trinity University, a PhD in experimental psychology from Stanford, and has conducted postdoctoral research in affective neuroscience at UC-San Francisco and at the National Institutes of Health.
Daniel E. Martin is an Associate Professor of Management at California State University, East Bay. Formerly a Visiting Associate Professor at CCARE, Stanford University, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at UC Berkeley, a Research Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute as well as a Personnel Research Psychologist for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, he has worked with private, public and nonprofit organizations on pre-employment selection, training, and organizational assessment. His research interests include: social capital, ethical behavior, racism and prejudice, human resources assessment, religiosity, spirituality and humor.
Dan is published in a range of journals including Personnel Review, Human Organization, Ethics and Behavior, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. His current research streams investigate the impact of individual differences and ideology on social corporate responsibility and human resources decision making. Other streams involve the impact of ideology on compassion and psychological well-being. His current applied work on the use of untapped social capital to ameliorate social problems serve as a research, skills development and assessment platform. Dan holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Howard University.
Jamil Zaki is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. His research examines the neural bases of social cognition and behavior: how people come to understand each other, and decide to behave towards each other. This work spans a number of domains, including empathy, theory of mind, social influence, and prosocial behavior. Dr. Zaki received his BA in cognitive neuroscience from Boston University and his PhD in psychology from Columbia University, and conducted postdoctoral research on altruism and prosocial behavior at the Harvard Center for Brain Science. He has received research and teaching awards from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, Autism Speaks, and Harvard University.
Romi Chiorean shares his time between art studio practice and filmmaking. He has studied fine art and photography since his youth and entered the field of filmmaking over ten years ago. Romi studied Ceramics and Painting at the Academy of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Art Restoration and Computer Graphics at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. Romi has a long standing interest in the subconscious mind and representation of mental activity that cannot always be expressed in words but is commonplace in visual art and music. Besides his work for CCARE, Romi provides video services for a number of Silicon Valley companies such as Cloudera, LucidWorks, Mirantis and a number of startups.
Chris’ diverse background includes degrees in Finance & Slavic Languages from the University of Pennsylvania and professional experience in international banking and investor relations. He has been a small business owner, an entrepreneur/consultant, and has worked in high tech with Apple & Stanford. Chris has been a formal student of Zen Buddhism since 1997, and hopes to complete his lay ordination (Jukai) in 2013. He would like to broaden his lifelong interest in compassion and mindfulness, and how to successfully apply these transformational concepts in everyday life.
Chris’ interest in photography dates back to his first cameras, a Kodak Brownie and a hand-me-down Leica from his mother. He has had a keen interest in documentary and travel photography, though his recent focus has been on non-profit organizations working for positive change. These volunteering efforts have included CCARE, the Gyuto Vajrayana Center, the Vajrapani Institute, TeachAIDS, Zen Heart Sangha, and his alma mater Dunn School (where he serves on the Board of Trustees). He is also a pro bono photographer for Stanford’s Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, as well as the School of Education where he has provided technology & computer support for the last 10 years.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people and recognized worldwide for his advocacy of compassion, peace and interreligious dialogue. He has been a strong supporter of the neurosciences for over two decades. His Holiness is a benefactor of CCARE having personally provided the largest sum he has ever given to scientific research.
For his tireless efforts promoting peace throughout the world, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize , in 1989. He was awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal in October 2007 recognizing his role as one of the world¹s foremost moral and religious leaders using his leadership role to advocate for peace. He has received more than 100 honorary degrees and major awards.
Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is Google’s Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). His unusual job title started as a joke, but eventually became real.
Meng was one of Google’s earliest engineers. Among many other things, he helped build Google’s first mobile search service, and headed the team that evaluated and kept a vigilant eye on Google’s search quality. After a successful 8-year stint in Engineering, he now serves with Google University, where he is the Head of the School of Personal Growth. One of his main projects is Search Inside Yourself – a Mindfulness-based Emotional Intelligence course, which he hopes will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.
Chade-Meng Tan, “Jolly Good Fellow” at Google, says his gift to CCARE was motivated by a desire to promote world peace, which “can only happen when people have inner happiness and inner compassion”.
Outside of Google, Meng is the Founder and (Jolly Good) President of the Tan Teo Charitable Foundation, a small foundation dedicated to promoting Peace, Liberty and Enlightenment in the world. He is also a Founding Patron of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).
Meng earned his MS in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He went to Santa Barbara mainly for the beach, but didn’t mind the graduate degree either. He has won many computing-related awards, including the Championship of Singapore’s National Software Competition. Prior to coming to the United States, Meng had a successful engineering career in Singapore. (He knew it was successful because nobody offered to fire him).
Meng created one of the world’s earliest websites on Buddhism in 1995. He considers himself a Buddhist “on most weekdays, especially Mondays”. He is an avid meditator, because meditation facilitates in him inner peace and happiness “without doing real work”. Meng occasionally found himself featured on the New York Times and other newspapers. His personal motto is, “Life is too important to be taken seriously”.
Meng hopes to see every workplace in the world become a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment. When Meng grows up, he wants to save the world, and have lots of fun and laughter doing it. He feels if something is no laughing matter, it’s probably not worth doing.
Mr. Wayne Wu is the founder, CEO, & President of Pacific Health Investment Inc., a company that specializes in life sciences investment. Mr. Wu currently serves on the board of Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq:ARAY), a company that designs, manufactures, and distributes CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system for tumor treatment. Mr. Wu has served as a member of Accuray Incorporated board of directors since April 1998 and was their Chairman between May 2004 and April 2010. Mr. Wu is also on the Board of a number of privately held corporations including: Green Tree Investment Company which owns and operates a chain of upscale budget business hotel in the People’s Republic of China; Synaptic Medical International, a company that designs, manufactures and distributes EP catheters for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias with headquarters in Beijing, China; WaveSense, Inc., a company that designs, manufactures and distributes patented disposable biological separations technologies; and O2 Medtech, Inc., a company that uses PMS technology for cerebral oximetry.
Prior to Pacific Health Investment, Inc, Mr. Wu co-founded Pacific Republic Capital Group in February 1998, a venture capital fund that specialized in real estate and life sciences investment. From February 1998 through May 2005 Mr. Wu was the fund’s co-manager and presided over the Board of various investee companies including: Accuray Incorporated; Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc.; and Sandpoint Design, Inc. Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes the only U.S. FDA approved dedicated breast MRI system. Mr. Wu was the Executive Vice President and a member of board of directors of Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc. from September 1999 to August 2004. Sandpoint Design, Inc. was the designer, manufacturer and distributor of high performance carbon fiber bicycles. Mr. Wu was a member of the board and later the Chairman of Sandpoint Design, Inc until May 2005. Prior to founding Pacific Republic Capital Group Mr. Wu was the Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Preferred Bank from August 1997 to February 1998, and a senior loan officer of Sumitomo Trust and Banking Corporation from December 1995 to August 1997. Mr. Wu graduated from National Central University in Taiwan with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and received his Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Southern California.
President, Institute of Tibetan Classics
Senior Contemplative Advisor and Board of Directors Chair, Mind and Life Institute
Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, McGill University
James R. Doty, MD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism.
Dr. Doty attended U.C. Irvine as an undergraduate, received his medical degree from Tulane University and completed neurosurgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Doty served 9 years on active duty in the U.S Army attaining the rank of major. He completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery and electroneurophysiology.
He is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He holds multiple patents and is the former CEO of Accuray (ARAY:NASDAQ). Dr. Doty has given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities.
He is a consultant to medical device companies and is an operating partner and advisor to venture capital firms. Dr. Doty serves on the Board of a number of non-profits and is the vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion International and the former chair of the Dalai Lama Foundation. He is on the Senior Advisory Board of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Dr. Doty serves on the Board of Governors of Tulane University School of Medicine and the President’s Council at Tulane University.
He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discovery the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart now translated into 31 languages. Dr. Doty is also the senior editor of the recently released Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science.