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Christy Wilson Mendenhall
Christy Wilson-Mendenhall
Associate Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds & Scientific Lead, Healthy Minds Program, Healthy Minds Innovations

Christy’s approach to investigating the mind emerges in an interdisciplinary space that integrates cognitive, affective and contemplative science. She started her research career in cognitive science studying how we know about the world – the nature of the concepts and categories that shape our experiences. During her postdoc, she engaged in synthesis across traditional research domains to investigate the nature of the concepts and categories that shape our experiences of emotion.

This work contributed to developing and testing a novel constructionist approach to emotion. A major implication of this approach is that new learning can dramatically change an individual’s emotional life. Thus, most recently, her research is focusing on initial insights that contemplative philosophies offer a framework for cultivating well-being that aligns with cutting-edge cognitive and affective science. Christy brings this integrated expertise to leadership of the Healthy Minds Program.

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Ph.D., Cognition and Development (Psychology), Emory University