Marcello Spinella, Ph.D.
Dr. Spinella has served as professor of psychology at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Stockton University since 1999. His research focuses on neuropsychology, biological psychology, positive psychology, prefrontal systems, self-regulation, executive functions, neuroeconomics, altruism, mindfulness, and Buddhist psychology
In 1992, Dr. Spinella received a B.A. in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 1999, he received a Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center and served as a clinical neuropsychology resident at the Center for Head Injuries, JFK Medical Center.
Dr. Spinella discovered meditation at the age of 18, gleaning what he could from the limited books and resources available. Although he had a limited understanding of meditation, he nonetheless had the sense that there was something of great potential there. It wasn’t until he encountered Shinzen Young’s teachings around 2005 that he gained a greater sense of the practice and noticed dramatic changes in himself for the better.
It wasn’t long before his meditation practice and professional training started to intermingle and inform each other. Dr. Spinella has been teaching Shinzen Young’s mindfulness meditation system for nine years to university students and people in the local community. It has been a deep source of satisfaction to guide people in discovering this practice and reaping its benefits.