Matt is broadly interested in whether (and how) contemplative practice supports healthy development in children and adolescents, and well-being in adults. More specifically, Matt is interested in the specific social, cognitive and affective processes impacted through contemplative practice, and how cultivating these competencies supports achievement in school-based and real-world domains.
As a graduate student, Matt primarily investigated these questions through intervention studies involving college freshmen, fifth grade teachers and their students and undergraduate preservice teachers. In addition to continuing this work, Matt is part of the Center team developing and implementing new scientific measures to be deployed within a novel, app-based training program.
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
M.Ed., Lesley University
What does well-being mean to me?
"A permeating sense of okayness accompanied by the subtle joy of simply being able to experience (e.g., thoughts, emotions, sensations and the like)."