Founded by world renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Healthy Minds envisions a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world.
Our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.
Groundbreaking Research with
We explore well-being across the lifespan – from pregnancy to old age – and in various settings, from schools to police departments.
Exploring Hyperthermia as an Alternative Treatment for Depression
Is hyperthermia a viable and effective treatment for depression?
Improving Outcomes for Incarcerated Parents and their Children through Enhanced Jail Visits
How can researchers improve jail visits for children with incarcerated parents?
Viewing Depression Through an Evolutionary Lens
Can we use an evolutionary perspective to better understand depression?
Investigating the Effects of Mindfulness-Based Training on Mother and Infant Brain Development
How does Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) impact the brains of infants and...
Compassion-Based Program for Parents Reduces Their Children’s Stress—Even When It Doesn’t Reduce Parents’ Stress
A new study shows that the young children of parents who take part...
Center Expert Shares Science of Human Connection with Starbucks
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson shared his experience studying well-being and the...
Inflammation Predicts Response to Antidepressant Medication
Youth with bipolar depression responded better to an antipsychotic medicine if they had...
Healthy Minds in Practice: Dear Friends Mindfulness Practice
In this practice, we work on extending the same level of compassion to...
Watch Center Founder Richard Davidson's TedXSanFrancisco talk, "How mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains"
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson spoke at TEDx SanFrancisco in...
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Well-Being is a Skill
For us, well-being is more than a buzzword. The more we understand ourselves and our emotions, the more we can do to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. In partnership with an affiliated, external nonprofit Healthy Minds Innovations, we build tools to improve well-being in the workplace, schools and beyond.
Our mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum is a free tool for educators and parents to use to promote prosocial qualities in young children. Sign up to try it out.
Healthy Minds Program
Healthy Minds Innovations, the external nonprofit affiliated with the Center, is launching the Healthy Minds Program to improve well-being. Learn more.