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Matthew Hirshberg
Matt Hirshberg
Graduate Student, Center for Healthy Minds

Matt is a Graduate Student at the Center for Healthy Minds and the Department of Educational Psychology. Broadly, he's interested in whether autogenic practices (such as mindfulness and other contemplative practices) support the cultivation of healthy development in children and adolescents. More specifically, Matt is interested in if (and how) training in contemplative practice develops cognitive and affective competencies essential to healthy self-regulation, and the effect the development of these competencies has on school-based and real-world domains.

Matt works with Center Scientist Lisa Flook on the 4th and 5th-grade mindfulness study with teachers and students. Matt’s dissertation study, a collaboration between the Center and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is examining a novel training on the well-being and classroom management skills of preservice teachers. Prior to entering grad school to engage in research, Matt was a middle school teacher in Massachusetts.

Ultimately, he hopes to combine his past applied experience in education with his research interests to continue to develop and study novel, age-appropriate contemplative programming for educational contexts.

Education

M.S., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

M.Ed., Lesley University

What does well-being mean to me?

"A basic sense of okayness that permeates experience – a subtle goodness whether what is arising is pleasant, unpleasant or neutral."