Mind & Life

Sona Dimidjian - Bringing Relationship into Research

March 12, 2021

In this episode, Wendy speaks with clinical psychologist and contemplative researcher Sona Dimidjian. Sona's career has focused on using contemplative practices to improve mental health, with a focus on systems of inequality. Their conversation covers many topics, including:

  • her path to contemplative practice and research;
  • using collaborative teams in science to reduce bias;
  • how she applies mindfulness to help with postpartum depression;
  • working with young women around stereotypes about appearance;
  • embodied practices delivered through peer instruction;
  • community-engaged participatory research, working "with" and not "for";
  • creating digital platforms for more equitable dissemination of contemplative programs;
  • and how she brings a lens of anti-racism to her research and teaching.

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