Research Presentations

2014 Invited Presentation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA “Pairing ancient wisdom with modern technology to optimize habit change: mindfulness and neurofeedback”

2014 Carolyn Grant Endowed Lecture, Vassar College, NY, USA “Why is it so Hard to Pay Attention, or is it? Neuroscience, Consciousness, and the Practice of Mindfulness.”

2014 Invited Presentation, American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, CA, USA “Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): Clinical efficacy and neural mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.”

2014 Invited Presentation, The Battery Speaker Series, CA, USA “Emotion regulation through meditation: the science of self-mastery.”

2014 Presidential Lecture, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Annual Meeting, GA, USA “Adventures in neurofeedback: insights from fMRI and EEG studies of meditation.”

2014 Invited Lecture, Yale Neuroscience 2014, CT, USA “Mindfulness and Stress Management.”

2014 Invited Lecture, Rethinking Mindfulness conference at MIT, “I pay attention…to my phone.”

2014 Invited Lecture, Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, “From craving to quit: learning from ancient and modern views of habit formation to change behavior.”

2014 Grand Rounds, Zucker Hillside Hospital (Long Island Jewish), NY, USA “Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.”

2013  Grand Rounds, University of Connecticut Department of Psychiatry, CT, USA “Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): Clinical efficacy and neural mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.”

2013  Invited Presentation, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Connecticut State Conference, CT, USA “Wellness, Smoking and Stress.”

2013  Invited Presentation, Health 2.0 annual conference, Santa Clara, CA, USA “Craving to quit: mobile and web-based mindfulness training for smoking cessation.”

2013  Invited Presentation, Center for Brain Health, Dallas, TX, USA “Train your mind, change your brain: adventures in meditation using neurofeedback.”

2013  Invited Keynote Presentation, International Society for Neurofeedback Research annual conference, Dallas, TX, USA “Adventures in neurofeedback: progress and pitfalls from fMRI and EEG studies of meditation.”

2013  Invited Presentation, Office of National Drug Control Policy and SAMHSA, Technology Innovations for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders, Washington DC, USA “Craving to quit: mobile and web-based mindfulness training for smoking cessation.”

2013  Invited Panel Discussion, Yale University School of Management, “Mindful Leadership: A Conversation with the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi and Dr. Judson Brewer.”

2013  Invited Presentation, Center for Comparative Neuroimaging, UMass Medical School, Worchester, MA, USA “What is here now? Using real-time fMRI neurofeedback to track meditative states.”

2013  Invited Presentation, Advances in Meditation Research, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY USA “What is here now? Using real-time fMRI neurofeedback to track meditative states.”

2013  Grand Rounds, Yale University department of Psychiatry, New Haven, CT, USA “Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): Clinical efficacy and neural mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.”

2013  Invited Presentation, Princeton University Freshman Seminar “Science and Buddhism.”

2013  Oral Presentation, American Psychiatric Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, USA “Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): psychological and neural mechanisms of mindfulness.”

2013  Invited Presentation, NIAC seminar series, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA “Train your mind, change your brain: probing neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.”

2012  Invited Presentation, Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Seminar Series, Providence, RI, USA, “Craving to Quit: Efficacy and Mechanisms of Mindfulness Training for Addictions.”

2012  Oral Presentation, International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO, USA, “Bringing Mindfulness to Difficult Populations: Considering Clinical and Research Challenges, Sharing Solutions.”

2012  Oral Presentation, International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO, USA, “Impact of Mindfulness on Brain Resting State Connectivity.”

2012  Oral Presentation, Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison Institute, NY, USA, “Real-time fMRI links first and third person experience: subjective correspondence between meditation and PCC activity.”

2012  Invited Presentation, The Science of Compassion conference, Telluride, CO, USA “Who is doing the loving? Self-referential brain network activation during loving kindness meditation.

2012  Oral Presentation, Academy of Management conference, Boston, MA, USA “Who gets in the way of good business?

2012  Invited Presentation, Road to Recovery conference, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA “Craving to quit: Mindfulness training for addictions.”

2012  Oral Presentation, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Annual Convention, Washington DC, USA “Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): Meditation and the Default Mode Network.”

2012  Panel Discussion, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Annual Convention, Washington DC, USA “How much is enough? Designing “low-dose” Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs for crowded schedules and busy lives.”

2012  Panel Discussion, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Annual Convention, Washington DC, USA “Meditation and Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Diverse Populations and Settings: Questioning Assumptions and Adapting Practices.”

2012  Invited Presentation, Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA “Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): Clinical efficacy and neural mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.”

2012  Grand Rounds, University of Vermont department of Psychiatry, Burlington, VT, USA “Please pay attention now (it could change your brain): Clinical efficacy and neural mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.”

2011  Grand Rounds, Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Addiction Medicine, Boston, MA, USA “Craving to quit: insights from studies of mindfulness training for alcohol, cocaine and nicotine dependence.”

2011  Oral Presentation Organization of Human Brain Mapping Annual Conference, Quebec City, ON, CA, “Experienced Meditators reveal state and trait differences in default mode activity and connectivity.”

2011  Oral Presentation College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Conference, Hollywood, FL, “Mindfulness Training for smoking cessation: Results from a randomized controlled trial.”

2011  Poster Presentation “Experienced Meditators reveal state and trait differences in default mode activity and connectivity.” Welcome Trust, London, UK, October 2011.

2011  Oral Presentation, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Annual Convention, Toronto, ON, CA, “The Relation Between Home Practice and Smoking Outcomes in a Randomized Trial of Mindfulness Training for Smoking Cessation.”

2011  Invited Presentation, Middlebury College Psychology Seminar Series, Middlebury, VT, USA, “From addictions to Alzheimer’s: neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.”

2010  Oral Presentation, Center for Mindfulness conference, Worchester, MA, USA, “Mindfulness Training as Treatment and Mechanistic Probe for Addiction.”

2010  Poster Presentation, College on Problems of Drug Dependence conference, Scottsdale, AZ, USA, “Mindfulness Training and Stress Reactivity in Substance Abuse: Results from A Randomized, Controlled Stage I Pilot Study.”

2010  Invited Presentation, New York State Psychiatric Institute Seminar Series, New York City, NY, USA, “Mindfulness Training as Treatment and Mechanistic Probe for Addiction.”

2010  Oral Presentation, Society for Psychophysiological Research Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, USA, “Mindfulness Training as Treatment and Mechanistic Probe for Addiction.”

2010 Invited Presentation, Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry Seminar Series, Baltimore, MD, USA, “Mindfulness Training as Treatment and Mechanistic Probe for Addiction.”

2010  Oral Presentation, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, USA, “Please pay attention now (it might change your brain): Insights from fMRI studies of experienced meditators.”

2009  Allen Edwards Lecture, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, “Mindfulness Training as Treatment and Mechanistic Probe for Addiction.”

2008  Poster Presentation, College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Convention, Puerto Rico, USA. “Brain Activation in a Cognitive Control Task Correlates with Outcome Measures after Cognitive Behavioral Treatment in Cocaine Dependent Individuals.”

2008  Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, “Toward understanding brain-based predictors of treatment response for substance use disorders.”

2008  Oral Presentation, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, New Haven, CT, USA, “Neurocognitive Function and Treatment Response in Computer-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.”

2008  Oral Presentation, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Annual Convention, Orlando, FL, USA, “Implementation and Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Treatments for Substance Use.”

2008  Poster Presentation, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Scottsdale, AZ, USA. “Brain Activation in a Cognitive Control Task Correlates with Outcome Measures after Cognitive Behavioral Treatment in Cocaine Dependent Individuals.”

2002  Oral Presentation, Endocrine Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA. “GFP-Glucocorticoid Receptor Knock-In Mice Reveal Dynamic Receptor Modulation During Thymocyte Development.”

2002  Poster Presentation, National MD/PhD Conference, Aspen, CO, USA. “T Cell Glucocorticoid Receptor is required for Suppression of COX-2-Mediated Lethal Immune Activation.”

2002  Poster Presentation, World Stress Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. “Green Fluorescent Protein-Glucocorticoid Receptor Knock in Mice Divulge Novel Regulation of Expression in Thymocyte development.”

2001  Oral Presentation, Washington University Pediatrics Research Conference, St. Louis, MO, USA.“Insights into Glucocorticoid Modulation of Immune System Development and Regulation garnered from Knock-in and Knock out Mouse models.”