Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW, is the director of training at the Greater Good Science Center. She is a UC Berkeley- and UCSF-trained social scientist and teacher in the field of emotional awareness and burnout prevention.
Eve’s path began early as a social justice activist in her hometown of San Francisco and led her to training and work as a social worker in health care, criminal justices, and social welfare systems. Working in these environments deeply inspired Eve to pursue doctoral training in social science research to study the stress and burnout associated with these professions. In her doctoral research at UCB and postdoctoral training in integrative medicine at UCSF, she used applied research not just to assess needs, but also to develop emotion, compassion, and mindfulness-based interventions to manage burnout.
Eve’s interests couldn’t stay within the boundaries of academic research; the growing need to address burnout and chronic stress is a concern across professions. She began leading trainings to address burnout in national and international organizations and companies in 2011.
In addition to her academic training, Eve is a second-generation emotion researcher and has had meaningful collaborations with her father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman. Their most recent project, The Atlas of Emotions, is an online visual tool to teach a language for improving our emotional awareness that was commissioned and supported by the Dalai Lama. Eve is the co-lead instructor for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an evidence-based meditation and emotion regulation training developed by Dr. Ekman Sr. and Buddhist scholar Alan Wallace at a contemplative science conference in 2000.
Eve’s writing on empathy, burnout, and compassion has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as invited chapters in Oxford handbooks of positive psychology and the science of compassion. She has been an invited speaker to conferences from her own Bay Area to Sao Paolo, Singapore, and beyond.
Eve is a regular practitioner of meditation, yoga, and cold water surfing and brings her enthusiasm of living a rich emotional life into her teaching; she inspires us to invite well-being into every part of our life.