Collaborators of the Plasticity of Well-Being research network bring expertise in a broad range of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, microbiology, community-based research, electrical and computer engineering, population health and biology, and the humanities.

Below are expert partners in the network and their approaches to this work:

UW–Madison Team


Richard Davidson, Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

Expertise: Psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, well-being interventions

Christine Wilson-Mendenhall, Associate Scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds

Expertise: Psychology, affective science, contemplative science, well-being interventions

Simon Goldberg

Simon Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds

Expertise: Mindfulness-based interventions, psychology, psychiatry, mobile health applications

Robert Nowak

Robert Nowak, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expertise: Machine learning, data optimization

John Dunne

John Dunne, Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities at the Center for Healthy Minds and Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures

Expertise: Contemplative science, well-being interventions, Religious Studies, Philosophy

Jo Handelsman

Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Vilas Research Professor, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in Department of Plant Pathology

Expertise: Molecular biology, the microbiome

Melissa Rosenkranz

Melissa Rosenkranz, Distinguished Chair of Contemplative Neuroscience, Center for Healthy Minds, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Expertise: Psychology, neuroscience, contemplative science, well-being interventions, brain-immune interactions

Earlise Ward

Earlise Ward, Professor of Nursing, Faculty Director UW Carbone Cancer Center Health Disparities Initiative, and Faculty Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service

Expertise: Community-based clinical research, mental health interventions, mental health promotion among African American adults

Northwestern University Team

Thomas McDade

Thomas McDade, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology & Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research

Expertise: Stress; health inequities; developmental origins of health and disease; “field-friendly” biomarker methods

Greg Miller

Greg Miller, Louis W. Menk Professor; Institute for Policy Research & Department of Psychology

Expertise: Health inequities; childhood origins of disease; life stress; immune function; resilience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Team

Rosalind Picard

Rosalind Picard, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Director and Founder of Affective Computing Research Group, MIT Media Lab, Faculty Chair of Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative

Expertise: Affective and wearable computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, digital health, human-computer interaction

Questions about the Plasticity of Well-Being network? Contact Jane Sachs.

The Plasticity of Well-being network, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), is one of six networks that NIH supporting to advance the understanding of emotional well-being.

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