ABOUT CATHERINE

Official Talk

I am a Research Psychologist specialized in self-regulation and mindfulness meditation with children and adults. My current research examines the effects of breathing practices on stress and emotion regulation. I've taught university courses in social, cognitive, and abnormal psychology as well as statistics, and I've taught cognitive neuroscience to Buddhist Monks at Sera Mey Monastery in India. I co-instruct the free online course with over 20,000 students called The Science and Practice of Yoga. I'm also a certified breath coach and yoga instructor.

Real Talk 

I'm a nature-obsessed, animal-loving, lifelong learner. I work towards a world where every child can grow up in an environment that values and models psychological safety, emotion regulation, and healthy communication. I believe well-being is a fundamental right for every person, regardless of life circumstances or socioeconomic status. My wish is that mental exercise will be as common and accepted as physical exercise. I love the outdoors, hike & run as much as possible, and try not to take myself too seriously. The rest of my time is spent brainstorming new nicknames for my dog, Georgia.

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