Emily Lindsay

Emily Lindsay is a research scientist in the Psychology Department at University of Pittsburgh.   Her research tests psychological and biological pathways that explain how mind-body practices influence stress, well-being, and physical health.

She collaborated with Shinzen Young to develop a series of 14-lesson smartphone-based intervention programs that dismantle the basic components of mindfulness training (concentration, sensory clarity, and equanimity). In a recent clinical trial, she used these intervention programs to test how the components of mindfulness interact to impact stress. This research shows that learning to accept momentary experiences – the skill of equanimity – is critical for reducing biological stress reactivity and elevating positive emotions. Emily appreciates Shinzen’s systematic approach to teaching mindfulness for both her research and her personal practice.

  • PhD in  Health and Social Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research tested psychological and biological pathways that explain how mind-body practices influence stress, well-being, and physical health. Her dissertation was on the role of mindfulness in increasing positive emotions, and specifically the importance of acceptance
  • Masters in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon
  • Bachelors in Architecture from University of Miami
  • She was certified as a yoga instructor in 2008