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Emma Seppala

Emma Seppala

 

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., is the associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. She obtained her BA from Yale, her MA from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University.

Emma’s areas of expertise are health psychology, well-being, and resilience. She has examined the impact of meditation on happiness, social connection, and compassion. She has also investigated the effects of yoga-based interventions for combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder.

She is the recipient of a number of grants and awards including the James W. Lyons Award awarded by Stanford University for service to the Stanford campus: she helped found Stanford’s first class on the Psychology of Happiness and taught a large number of well-being programs for students.

Emma’s research has been cited in numerous television and news outlets including ABC News and The New York Times as well as books such as Congressman Tim Ryan’s Mindful Nation and documentary films such as Free the Mind. Emma often gives talks on the psychology of health and well-being to academic, corporate, and governmental institutions including places such as Google, the National Science Foundation, and a US Congressional Hearing.

In addition to her work at Stanford, she is also a popular Psychology Today blogger and a contributor to Scientific American Mind, the Huffington Post, Mindful, and Spirituality & Health.

 
 
  

Stories by Emma Seppala

Articles: How Being Present Increases Your Charisma

By Emma Seppala | February 18, 2016

Research shows that paying attention to others is the path to success and respect.

 

Articles: Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body

By Emma Seppala | July 24, 2013

Compassion research is at a tipping point: Overwhelming evidence suggests compassion is good for our health and good for the world.

 

Articles: Are Women More Compassionate than Men?

By Emma Seppala | June 26, 2013

The Dalai Lama recently argued that women have more biological potential for compassion than men. Does science support that claim?

 

Articles: Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense

By Emma Seppala | April 15, 2013

Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.

 

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