Dusana Dorjee, PhD

Dusana Dorjee, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist, author, meditation practitioner and teacher. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science (with neuroscience focus) from the University of Arizona. Dusana also holds master's degrees in clinical psychology (Comenius University) and cognitive psychology/cognitive science (University of Arizona) and studied at doctoral level philosophy of mind and science. She leads a research lab where she investigates changes in the mind and brain resulting from meditation practice in the context of well-being across the lifespan. Dusana has pioneered neuroscientific research on secular meditation with children and adolescents in schools and proposed a framework for research in contemplative science. She is currently developing new measures which may enable a more comprehensive and integrative investigation of modifications in the mind and brain with meditation. Dusana has also co-authored (with focus on neuroscience content) a mindfulness and well-being curriculum called The Present Course for Primary Schools. The course trains school teachers in teaching contemplative practice-based skills to 3-11 year olds in an incremental way. Dusana authored the Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness (Routledge, 2013) and Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2017). She has been regularly practicing meditation since 2000 with a particular focus on Dzogchen. Dusana has been teaching meditation since 2005.