Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychology and a retired associate clinical professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is executive director of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC), which has as its mission to “alleviate human suffering and improve the collective well-being of the planet through the practice of self-compassion.” Steve is the founding director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and trained teachers of that program, as well. Steve is a certified MSC teacher and a teacher trainer, leading MSC courses and teacher training programs around the world. Steve is also the author of Self-Compassion for Dummies.