Deanna Kaplan

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I am a Social Psychology doctoral student advised by Dr. Matthias Mehl. Broadly, I’m interested in the development and use of novel methodologies to study social interactions, behavior and health in a variety of different contexts (e.g., community, school, organizational). I am particularly interested in resilience, wellbeing, and the scientific study of the mechanisms of contemplative practices such as meditation. My current research projects include: investigating the behavioral manifestations of mindfulness and self-compassion, and developing a smartphone application in collaboration with HopeLab that will enable naturalistic research about meditation practice. Before pursuing my Ph.D., I worked as a Research Specialist for the UA’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, and as an Instructional Specialist for the UA’s College of Education. My prior background is in youth/family-focused program and policy evaluation. I have an M.A. in Educational Psychology (University of Arizona) and a B.A. from Emerson College.    My other current activities include serving on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Ben’s Bells Project, teaching Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT) for the Center for Compassion Studies, and serving as the President for the Arizona Meditation Research Interest Group (AMRIG). Interested in getting involved with AMRIG? Feel free to drop by any of our events, check us out on Facebook, or email us at  

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