Wendy Hasenkamp is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the CSC. Her primary focus in this role is to design and teach for upper-level undergraduates about the growing field of contemplative science. In her role, Wendy also works leads an interdisciplinary faculty seminar designed to bring together diverse faculty across the school to discuss issues related to scientific and humanistic ways of understanding the mind.
Wendy Hasenkamp currently serves as Science Director at the Mind & Life Institute. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University, where her graduate and early postdoctoral training centered around understanding the pathology of schizophrenia, utilizing techniques ranging from single-cell gene expression to psychophysiology, and from cognitive testing to neuroimaging. More recently, growing out of her personal interest in contemplative practice, she used brain imaging to investigate the neural correlates of dynamic cognitive states that occur during focused attention meditation. In her time at Emory, Wendy was central in the development of the Emory Collaborative for Contemplative Studies, organizing an interdisciplinary seminar focused on exploring the application of contemplative practices in our modern society. She also has been involved in developing neuroscience curriculum and teaching Tibetan monastics in India through the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative since 2009; she taught summer sessions in Dharamsala for two years and is co-author and editor of several neuroscience textbooks developed through this program. Wendy has taught contemplative neuroscience for Lesley University’s Masters Program in Mindfulness Studies, and is also the editor of The Monastery and the Microscope: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mind, Mindfulness, and the Nature of Reality (Yale University Press, 2017).