Stella is a psychologist, professor, and Zen practitioner. She became a formal student in 2008 in the Soto Zen tradition. She teaches courses in mindfulness based psychotherapies and the psychology of compassion at the Union Institute & University.
She also co-facilitates a family program and young adult program at Shao Shan Temple, in Woodbury Vermont. Her interests are in the integration of dharma practice and meditative awareness in the psychotherapeutic relationship and process.
Stella is Chair of the BA program is psychology at the Union Institute & University. She is on the faculty of the Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies. She maintains a clinical practice in central Vermont.