Kristin Neff, Ph.D.,
is currently an Associate Professor in Human Development at the University of Texas at Austin.
During Kristin's last year of graduate school, she became interested in Buddhism, and has been practicing meditation in the Insight tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work, she decided to conduct research on self-compassion - a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, co-created with her colleague Chris Germer, is called Mindful Self-Compassion
Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is a co-editor of the professionally acclaimed book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions.