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.