We approach the study of well-being from a contemplative perspective. Our primary interest is promoting resilience by studying the social and cognitive factors that give rise to positive affective states and physical health. We also study the adverse conditions that inhibit well-being, especially for individuals living in marginalized communities. We rely on developmental and clinical perspectives to examine:

  • the relationship between contemplative practices and emotion regulation
  • connectedness to nature and mental health outcomes
  • how voluntary solitude experiences facilitate well-being and authenticity
  • the interplay of conceptual and spiritual development
  • emotional well-being in women living with cancer