RickHanson, PhD, is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of theGreater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, andNew York Timesbestselling author. His books are available in 26 languages and includeHardwiring Happiness, Buddha s Brain, Just One Thing, andMother Nurture. He edits theWise Brain Bulletinand has numerousaudio programs. Asumma cum laudegraduate of UCLA and founder of theWellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
Dr.Hansonhas been a trustee ofSaybrook Universityand served on the board ofSpirit Rock Meditation Center. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the freeJust One Thing newsletterwith over 115,000 subscribers, plus the onlineFoundations of Well-Beingprogram in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.
He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.
Richard Mendius, MD, is a neurologist and co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He trained at UCLA as an epileptologist and neurobehaviorist. He has been on the teaching faculty of UCLA, Oregon Health Sciences University, and Stanford University. His meditation practice began in the 1980s with Shinzen Young and continues at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Jack Kornfield and Ajahn Amaro. He teaches a weekly meditation class at San Quentin. His daughters, Courtney and Taryn, and his son, Ian, are three of his main teachers and companions on the path.