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Conference Program

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

8:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration
5:30 pm – 6:30pm Opening Keynote address:  Jon Kabat-Zinn
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Opening Reception


Friday, April 27, 2012

7:00 am – 7:45 am Yoga
8:00 am – 8:30 am Meditation
9:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Comments and Orientation
9:30 am – 10:30 am Keynote Address: Diana Chapman Walsh
10:30 am – 11:00 am Refreshment Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Master Lecture 1 

Basic Science / Neuroscience and Humanities

Cliff Saron – Meditation, Neuroscience and Contemplative Experience

Michel Bitbol How Can We Avoid Bias in the Dialogue between Buddhism and Neuroscience

Education and Humanities

Brian Stock –  Western Contemplative Tradition in Higher Education

Hal Roth – Developing Contemplative Studies in Higher Education: The Brown Model

Clinical Science and Contemplative Practice

Sona DimidjianMindfulness Training in Post-Partum Depression

peRoshi Joan HalifaxIssues in Bringing Meditation Practice into Clinical Settings

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Concurrent Panel Discussions and Platform Presentation Sessions: 

  • Contemplating the Restless Mind: How Can Scientific investigation of Mind Wandering Refine Our Understanding of the Human Condition?
    Jonathan Smallwood, Daniel Margulies, Malia F. Mason and Mathew Killingsworth
  • Pain and Mindfulness Meditation
    Yoshi Nakamura, Joshua Grant, Fadel Zeidan and David Vago
  • Mindfulness Meditation and Anxiety Disorders: Effects on Emotion, Attention, and Brain Responses
    Elizabeth Hoge, Sara Lazar, Britta Holzel and Philippe Goldin
  • Contemplative Science & the Relational Dimension: From Stress Regulation to Empathy and Compassion
    Andrew Dreitcer, Brent Field, Tania Singer, Michael Spezio and Cassandra Vieten
  • Promoting Empathy, Awareness, and Compassion with Parents, Teachers and Youth
    Mark Greenberg, Douglas Coatsworth, Tamar Mendelson and Patricia Jennings
  • Building a Contemplative Studies Community: Bridging the Sciences and Humanities
    Wendy Hasenkamp, John Dunne, Susan Bauer-Wu, Lawrence Barsalou and Bobbi Patterson
  • Before Thought: The Cultivation of Insight in the Naropa University Classroomropa
    Judith Simmer-Brown, Gaylon Ferguson, Mark Miller and Richard Brown
  • Mindfulness Training for Wandering Minds
    Michael Mrazek, Jonathan Schooler, Dawa Tachin and Daniel Levinson
  • Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT): Theoretical Framework, Teaching Approaches and Preliminary Findings
    Thaddeus Pace, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Brendan Ozawa-deSilva and Brooke Dodson-Lavelle
  • Contemplative Mind/ACMHE Session:
    Renewal in Higher Education: Integrating the Contemplative Dimension
    Diana Chapman Walsh, Daniel Barbezat and Carolyn Jacobs
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Refreshment Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Concurrent Panel Discussions and Platform Presentation Sessions: 

  • Neural Substrates of Compassion
    Tania Singer, Tor Wager, Helen Weng, and Olga Klimecki
  • Bringing Mindfulness to Difficult Populations: Considering Clinical and Research Challenges, Sharing Solutions
    Zev Schuman-Olivier, Judson Brewer, Sarah Bowen, Eric Garland and Zayda Vallejo
  • A paradigm for contemplative practice for end-of-life clinicians: Being With Dying
    Anthony Back, Cynda Rushton, Roshi Joan Halifax and Susan Bauer-Wudean
  • Effects of Mindfulness Training on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum Outcomes
    Cassandra Vieten, Nancy Bardacke and Sona Dimidjian
  • The Ethics of Teaching Contemplative Practices to the Armed Forces
    Mark J. Williams, Judith Simmer-Brown, Mirabai Bush, Chris Jung and Anders Meland
  • The Role of Contemplative Practice in Developing Authentic Leaders
    Susan Skjei
  • Mindfulness-Based Programs for Children and Youth
    Trish Broderick, Tish Jennings, Kim Schonert-Reichl and Brian Galla
    David Vago, Sara Lazar, Britta Holzel and Andrea Grabovac
  • Mindfulness Meditation Improves Resilience: Distress, Emotional Reactivity, and Biomarker response to the Trier Social Stress Test
    Elizabeth Hoge, Willoughby Britton, Nicholas T. Van Dam and Thaddeus Pace
  • Contemplative Self-Inquiry, Brain Science, and Mindfulness in Graduate Education: Multidisciplinary, Evidence-Informed Applications to Personal and Professional Development
    Susan Gere, Jared Kass, Nancy W. Waring and Lisa B. Fiore
  • Contemplative Mind/ACMHE Session:
    Contemplative Inquiry as a Research Method
    Arthur Zajonc
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Poster Session
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Reception with Naropa University
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Open Dinner and Focused-Content Networking Opportunities


Saturday, April 28, 2012

7:00 am – 7:45 am Yoga
8:00 am – 8:30 am Meditation
9:00 am – 10:00 am Keynote Address: Marsha Linehan
10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Master Lectures 2 

Basic Science / Neuroscience and Contemplative Practice

Tania SingerNeuroscience, Empathy and Compassion

Brother David Steindl-RastCultivating Compassion in Christian Contemplative Tradition

Sharon SalzbergEmpathy and Compassion Practice


Kathleen McCartney, Jerry Murphy, Carolyn JacobsContemplative Practices in Education Leadership

Clinical Science and Humanities

John TeasdaleMindfulness, Suffering, and Cognition

John DunneMindfulness and Cognition from the Perspective of Buddhist Scholarship

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Concurrent Panel Discussions and Platform Presentation Sessions: 

  • Impact of mindfulness on brain resting state connectivity
    Sara Lazar, Amishi Jha, Véronique Taylor and Judson Brewer
  • Mindfulness Measurement and Research
    Daniel Levenson, Eric Garland, Fadel Zeidan, Anthony King and Lawrence Barsalou
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Depression
    Stuart Eisendrath and Maura McLane
  • Compassion Meditation and Training
    Gaelle Desbordes, Kristin Neff, Christopher Kelley, Fynn Mathis-Trautwein and Jenny Mascaro
  • Mindfulness Training for Teachers, Parents and Students
    Robert Roeser, Rita Benn and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
  • The New Humanities: Contemplative Studies and the Liberal Arts
    Louis Komjathy, Andy Fort, Anne Klein, Harold Roth and Martijn van Beek
  • The Impact of Compassion Cultivation Meditation Training
    Philippe Goldin, James Doty, Birgit Koopmann-Holm and Thaddeus Pace
  • Behavioral, Psychophysiological and Neurobiological Investigations of Changes in Craving Following Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Substance Use Disorders
    Kathleen Lustyk, Jean Kristeller, Sarah Bowen and Hedy Kober
  • Aligning the Goals of Contemplative Science with the Funding Priorities of NIMH
    David Fresco, David Vago, Elizabeth Hoge, McAndrew Jack and Sharon Salzberg
  • Contemplative Mind/ACMHE Session:
    Contemplative Practice Throughout the Curriculum
    Mirabai Bush
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Refreshment Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Concurrent Panel Discussions and Platform Presentation Sessions: 

  • Neural Mechanisms of Mindfulness Induced Analgesia
    Tim Gard, Tor Wager, Hedy Kober and David M. Perlman
  • Measuring Compassion Correlates in the Mind, Brain and Body
    Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Teresa I. Sivilli and Baljinder Sahdra
  • Mindfulness and Smoking Cessation
    David Wetter, Whitney Heppner, Jennifer Irvin Vidrine and James Davis
  • Mindful Eating: Recreating our Relationship to Nourishment
    Jean Kristeller, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Elissa Epel and Jan Chozen Bays
  • Mechanisms of Mindfulness: Integrating Neurobiological, Clinical, and Buddhist Models with Standards for Measurement
    David Vago, Sara Lazar, Britta Holzel, Nicholas T. Van Dam and Andrea Grabovac
  • Contemplative Inquiry: a Non-Reductionist Approach to Research and Academic Study
    Robin James Weeks, Gloria E. Nouel, Anne Parker and Susan Skjei
  • Contemplative Mind/ACMHE Session:
    Developing Multiculturally Inclusive Contemplative Pedagogy
    Laura Rendón and Rhonda Magee
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Keynote Address: Wolf Singer / Matthieu Ricard / Evan Thompson
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Poster Session [Open Dinner]


Sunday, April 29, 2012

7:00 am – 7:45 am Yoga
8:00 am – 8:30 am Meditation
9:00 am – 10:30 am Concurrent Master Lectures 3 

Basic Science / Neuroscience and Education

Amishi JhaMeditation, Attention, and Neuroscience

Arthur ZajoncReflections on Contemplative Practice in Non-Traditional Settings

Education and Basic Social Science / Positive Psychology

Mark Greenberg – Applied Mindfulness Intervention with Parents and Teachers

Barbara Fredrickson – Positive Emotion, Social Connections and Loving-Kindness Meditation

Contemplative Practice – Yoga

Lorenzo CohenYoga Research

Richard FreemanYoga Practice

Stephen PhillipsYoga Scholarship

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Poster Session with Refreshments
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Closing Lunch/ Keynote Address: Richie Davidson and Congressman Tim Ryan