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Faculty and Investigators


Lawrence Barsalou, PhD

Emory College
Department of Psychology


John Dunne, PhD

Emory College
Department of Religion

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Samuel Fernandez-Carriba, Ph.D.

Marcus Autism Center, Senior Psychologist
Department of Pediatrics, Assistant Professor

Samuel Fernandez-Carriba received an undergraduate and masters degree in Psychology in 1995, and a doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2001 from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Two years of his doctoral training took place at the Yerkes National Research Primate Center under the supervision of Dr. William Hopkins, co-director of his dissertation, where he approached the study of human emotions through an examination of biological determinants and evolutionary history as observed in the chimpanzee. After his return to Emory in 2002, he dedicated more than eight years at the Emory Autism Center to assessment, intervention, and research related to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) under the supervision of Dr. Gail McGee. At the Marcus Center, Dr. Fernandez-Carriba conducts diagnostic evaluations on children and adults with ASD and related disorders, as well as research on two related topics:
 - Social-cultural factors in ASD and their impact on outcome for children, with specific attention to Spanish-speaking families.
 - The role of religion and nonreligious values in health and well-being, particularly in minority populations, and the potential of secular approaches to ethics, such as compassion meditation practice, in promoting health.


Sherryl Goodman, PhD

Emory College
Department of Psychology

Interests: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy


Jenny Mascaro, PhD.

Emory College
Department of Anthropology

Interests: My research interests are in the variation in, and plasticity of, social cognitive skills. To thie end, I use structural and functional neuroimaging to explore how behavioral, cultural, hormonal, and genetic factors modulate the neural systems supporting prosocial emotions and behaviors.

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Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD

Emory College
Department of Religion

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi is the founder and spiritual director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., in Atlanta, GA, and a Senior Lecturer in Emory University’s Department of Religion. He also serves as Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, a multi-dimensional initiative founded in 1998 to bring together the foremost contributions of the Western scholastic tradition and the Tibetan Buddhist sciences of mind and healing. In this capacity, he serves as Co-Director of both the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative and the Emory Collaborative for Contemplative Studies. He also developed Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), a compassion meditation program that is currently utilized in a number of research studies, including an NIH-funded study examining the efficacy of compassion meditation on the experience of depression.

Dr. Negi, a former monk, was born in Kinnaur, a small Himalayan kingdom adjoining Tibet. He began his monastic training at The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and continued his education at Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India, where he received his Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest academic degree granted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, in 1994. Dr. Negi completed his Ph.D. at Emory University in 1999; his interdisciplinary dissertation centered on traditional Buddhist and contemporary Western approaches to emotions and their impact on wellness.


Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson, PhD

Emory College
Department of Religion

Interests: Comparative contemplative practices and pedagogies often related to questions or place and thriving/sustainability, and intersections of symbolisms of the body, psychodynamics, and cultural construction.

Current Research: Professor Patterson leads a Compassion Meditation group for suicide attempters through the Grady Hospital Psychiatry and NIA project programs. She also serves as a contemplative practices consultant on three major grants with Emory University’s Psychiatry, Nursing, and Psychology/Medicine Departments. She, with two other Emory faculty, Jennifer Ayers, and Cory LaBrecque, has received two grants within 2013 from the Wabash Center and the AAR to begin a Southern bio-region Initiative on Pedagogies of Place, emphasizing pedagogies of resilience and transformation, including contemplative, engaged, and integrative approaches to teaching and learning. She has received a number of grants related to pedagogy-development and assessment over her career.