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Polina Beloborodova
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds

Polina is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Healthy Minds. She collaborates with Dr. Simon Goldberg, Dr. Matthew Hirshberg, and Dr. Richie Davidson on research that explores well-being as a skill and evaluates the impacts of various well-being interventions on social, emotional, health-related, and occupational outcomes. Polina earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her academic career, she worked in human resources for several businesses. Her research focuses on the adverse impacts of social disconnection and loneliness on emotional well-being and the potential of contemplative practices to address these issues. Born and raised in Russia, educated in Europe and the US, and having traveled to over 50 countries, Polina aims to bring diverse cultural perspectives to her work at the Center for Healthy Minds.


Ph.D., Social Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

What does well-being mean to me?

Well-being, to me, means having a basic level of material sustenance, a sense of purpose in life, a sense of community and social support, and an awareness of one's privileges.


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