Dr Amishi Jha

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Dr Amishi Jha

Director of Contemplative Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology, University of Miami

Dr Amishi Jha, PhD is Director of Contemplative Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. She received her B.S in Biological Psychology from the University of Michigan, her Ph.D in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) from the University of California–Davis, and her post-doctoral training at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University in functional neuroimaging.

She leads research on the neural bases of attention and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion, resilience, and performance in education, corporate, elite sports, first-responder, and military contexts. In her laboratory at the University of Miami, she uses functional MRI, electrophysiological recordings and behavioural analysis techniques to understand why our attention sometimes fails us, and if it can be trained for greater focus and less distractibility.

In addition to her own published body of research, her work has been featured in many outlets including TED.com, NPR, and Mindful Magazine. In her forthcoming book, Peak Mind (Harper Collins, 2021), she shares her discoveries on how attention can be trained for optimal performance and well-being.

Amishi Jha is invited on the Advisory Committee as an expert in the neuroscience of contemplative studies as well as the applications of contemplative practices in real-world settings and evaluation of mindfulness training and educational programs.