The Science of Burnout

What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It


  • Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.
    Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.

    Known for her compassionate work with the terminally ill, Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is also a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and founder, abbot, and head teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her books include Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death.

  • Christina Maslach, Ph.D.
    Christina Maslach, Ph.D.

    Christina Maslach is a professor of psychology (emerita) at UC Berkeley and received her A.B. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from Stanford. She is widely recognized as one of the pioneering researchers on job burnout and has written numerous articles and books, including The Truth About Burnout, and has developed the leading research measures. Currently, she is the founding co-editor of the e-journal, Burnout Research.   


  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.
    Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.

    Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. A neuroscientist who earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley, her research has explored the neuro-biological roots of pro-social emotion and behavior, as well as the psychosocial benefits of emotional authenticity and connection. A gifted teacher, Simon-Thomas has presented on the science of happiness and compassion to the Dalai Lama and audiences worldwide.

  • Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.
    Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.

    Elizabeth Bromley is a psychiatrist and anthropologist who earned her M.D. and M.A. in the history of health sciences from UCSF and a Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA.  Since 2004, Dr. Bromley has been an attending psychiatrist on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team at the West Los Angeles VA. Her current research focuses on research ethics, mental health stigma, and physician wellness.