Our 2013 Speakers

Kristin is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at University of Texas in Austin.  She is a practitioner of Insight Meditation, a practice which led her to become a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion.  In addition to her research, she has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, co-created with her colleague Chris Germer at Harvard University, is called Mindful Self-Compassion. Her book titled "Self-Compassion" was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.

Kelly is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert in the new field of “science-help.” She is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness, and personal success.

Leah Weiss, Ph.D., LCSW
Dr. Weiss is a Contemplative Educator whose research focuses on the application of meditation in secular contexts. She is Director of Education for Stanford's CCARE and has taught in a variety of settings including at Harvard affiliated hospitals, the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, the Alzheimer’s association, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2008, Leah co-founded the Foundation for Active Compassion, a nonprofit organization which provides meditation practices of compassion and wisdom to people involved in social service and social change work. Leah has an appointment as a Lecturer in Stanford’s Religious Studies Department and teaches courses in Stanford’s Continuing Studies Department. Leah received her BA from Stanford University, her MA in clinical social work from Boston College, and her PhD in theology and education from Boston College.