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The Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations


The Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations share a common vision—a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world—and the leadership of neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson. Both organizations are driven by the bold idea that we can reduce suffering and bring mental well-being within everyone’s reach on a global scale.

The Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison conducts rigorous scientific research to bring new insights to the world and Healthy Minds Innovations develops tools to take action on these insights.

While one organization is academically rooted and one is a service-driven non-profit, both have a deep commitment to the vision through their unique missions. The Center asks, “What constitutes a healthy mind?” and Healthy Minds Innovations asks, “How can everyone have one?” The two have a symbiotic relationship in the pursuit of well-being across the human lifespan—from pregnancy to old age—and in various settings, from schools and offices to healthcare and homes.

The Healthy Minds blog at Psychology Today focuses on well-being in action, the science behind human flourishing, meditation and contemplative traditions, and how training our minds can have a broader effect on the world. Our experts include Dr. Melissa Rosenkranz, Dr. Cortland Dahl, Dr. Pelin Kesebir, and our founder and director, Dr. Richard J. Davidson.

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