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Cassandra Vieten Ph.D.


Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, Executive Director of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences where she worked for 18 years and served as President for 6 years, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, and Founder of Campaign Science. She is a scientist, author, and international workshop leader and public speaker who, for over 20 years, has been studying how people transform their way of looking at the world. She conducts research on cultivating psychological and behavioral health, and investigates humankind’s most extraordinary experiences, breakthroughs, and capacities. ​

Her primary interest lies in how psychology, biology, and spirituality interact to affect experience and behavior. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California, and several private donors and foundations, her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance; and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psychospiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life.

She is author of three books, Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life, Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year, and Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice: Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals. She developed and delivers training programs that bring social, cognitive and brain science together with practices for powerful presence to increase the effectiveness of progressive changemakers, candidates, campaigns, and causes. See Campaign Science and C3: Consciousness, Communication and Change. She is conducting research now on spirituality in mental health care, compassion and empathy, and virtual reality approaches to inducing perspective-shifting experiences that enhance prosociality and change people’s lives.

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