Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
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Contemplative neuroscience; clinical psychology; parental depletion; neuropsych assessment
Psychologist (CA PSY 12938); author; teacher
May 1991 – Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA
October 1986 – M.A., Clinical Psychology, Rosebridge Institute, Walnut Creek, CA
June 1984 – Completed courses for M.A., Developmental Psychology, SFSU
June 1974 – B.A., summa cum laude, UCLA, independent major: Institutional Structures
Trustee, Saybrook University
Founder, Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, San Rafael, CA
Past member, Board of Directors, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
Past President, Board of Directors, A.P.P.L.E. FamilyWorks, San Rafael, CA
Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
American Psychological Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Hardwiring Happiness. Crown, forthcoming October 2013.
Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. New Harbinger, September, 2011. Published in 12 languages.
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. (With Rick Mendius, M.D.; Foreword by Daniel Siegel, M.D., Preface by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.) New Harbinger, November, 2009. Published in 24 languages.
Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Penguin, March, 2002. First author.
“Seven Facts about the Brain That Incline the Mind to Joy. Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality.” In Sounds True. 2008.
“The Mind, the Brain, and God.” 2012. Enrahonar: Quaderns de Filosofia 10: 213-220.
“What a Difference Motherhood Makes.” Psychotherapy Networker. March/April 2007.
“Motherhood as a Clinical Factor.” SF Psychological Association Journal. October 2002.
“When Motherhood Is Bad for Your Health: Depleted Mother Syndrome.” San Francisco Medical Society Journal. September 2000. First author.
“Eddies in the Stream.” In Buddhist Geeks. February 2010.
“Mind Changing Brain Changing Mind.” In Insight Journal. Summer 2009.
“Paying Attention: A review of Rapt.” In Tricycle Magazine. Summer 2009.
“This Is Your Brain on Dharma.” In Inquiring Mind. Fall 2007.
“Nurturing Mothers, Too.” In New Beginnings. March/April 2006.
Wise Brain Bulletin: News and Tools for Happiness, Love, and Wisdom – over 65,000 subscribers.
Just One Thing: One Practice This Week to Change Your Life – over 73,000 subscribers; also appearing on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other websites.
The Naturally Enlightened Brain. Seven CDs. Sounds True.
Awaken Your Brain. Six-part download course. Sounds True.
Stress-Proof Your Brain. Two CDs. Sounds True.
Meditations for Happiness. Three CDs. Sounds True.
Meditations to Train Your Brain (with Rick Mendius, M.D.). Three CDs. Sounds True.
“Best family therapist,” Pacific Sun poll, Marin County, CA
All A’s in graduate school
Outstanding Senior, UCLA (one of four selected annually by UCLA Alumni Association)
Chancellor’s Marshal, UCLA
Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Epsilon Omega
Presidential Scholar, University of California
John Stossel Show. FoxBusiness. January 2012.
The Morning Blend. KGUN9. Develop a Buddha Brain. October 2011.
PBS nationwide. Pledge drive special on “Happiness.” September 2008.
The CompassionateBrain. Sounds True. October – November 2012.
Thai PBS Interview, November 2012.
Authors @Google – May 2010.
BBC 4 interview, “Mindfulness: Good for Mental Health?” December 2009.
Tami Simon, Sounds True podcast, “You Can Change Your Brain, “September 2009.
Michael Krasny, Forum, KQED, San Francisco, April 2010.
New Dimensions, Promise and Peril, February 2010.
Expert on www.Mothering.com and other websites.
Interviewed frequently for national magazines.
Monthly column on parenting, for ten years in parent-related websites and publications.
Mindfulness in Medicine, Psychotherapy, and Society Congress. “Being and Doing: Activating Neural Networks of Mindful Presence.” Vienna, Austria, June 2012.
George Mason University. “Taking in the Good: Building Resilience into the Brain through Positive Experiences.” Fairfax, VA, April 2012.
UCSD Center for Mindfulness. “Taking in Good: Helping Children Build Inner Strength and Happiness.” San Diego, CA, February 2012.
UCSD Center for Mindfulness. “Managing the Caveman/Cavewoman Brain in the 21st Century.” San Diego, CA, February 2012.
Chicago Ideas Week. “Take in the Good.” Chicago, IL. October 2011.
University of Auckland. “The Promise of Self-Directed Neuroplasticity.” New Zealand, May 2011.
Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. “Paper Tiger Paranoia.” Washington, DC, March 2011.
Stanford University. “Wiring Happiness into Your Brain.” February 2011.
Harvard University. “Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity for Dentists.” December 2010.
University of Oxford. “Buddha’s Brain.” November 2010.
University of Freiburg. “The Power of Self-Directed Neuroplasticity.” November 2010.
Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. “The Self Transforming Brain.” Poland, November 2010.
Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley. “Gratitude and Taking in the Good.” Berkeley, CA, October 2010.
Google. “Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.” Mountain View, CA, May 2010.
University of East London. “The Brain Science of Mindful Well-Being.” November 2009.
Science and Nonduality Conference. “Not-Self in the Brain.” San Rafael, CA, October 2009.
The California Society for Clinical Social Work. “The Emotional Brain and Well-Being: Understanding and Promoting Mental Health in Clinical Practice.” January 2009.
Claremont School of Theology. “Neuroscience and Spiritual Practice: Transforming the Embodied Mind,” October, 2008.
Workshops on the intersection of psychology, neurology, and Buddhism at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, California Institute of Integral Studies, New York Insight Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C., Sati Center, OpenGround in Sydney, Australia, and other organizations.
Keynote speaker at numerous continuing education trainings for psychotherapists.
Hundreds of presentations to the public related to the brain, parenting, or psychology.
Weekly meditation group, San Rafael, CA.
Born October 21, 1952 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Married since 1982, with two children.
Lived one year in Finland and one year in Germany.
Taught several hundred adults and children to rock-climb.
Graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program, Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
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