Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

  • Please join the Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Center for Mindfulness for a lecture by Dr. Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW on “Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement Heals Opioid Misuse and Chronic Pain by Restructuring Reward:  From Hedonic Pleasure to Self-Transcendent Meaning” on December 1st from 4 - 5:30 pm EST.  This event is free and open to the public.  However, you must register with [email protected] to receive the Zoom link.

  • We are excited to be able to offer an array of Contemplative Studies courses for Spring 2021. Click to learn more!

  • Please join Contemplative Studies for a virtual lecture by Professor Christopher Ives on November 17th from 5:30 - 7 pm entitled, Japanese Zen and Ethics:  Historical Patterns and Popular Misconceptions.  To register for this event, please contact [email protected]



  • Congratulations to Jenny! Click to read more about this exceptional student!

  •  Announcing our Virtual Contemplative Mentors in Residence Program!  Come and study with our scholar-practicioners who are leading 10-week instructional sessions in Thai Samatha, Chinese Qigong and Japanese Rinzai Zen meditation.  Classes begin September 21st.   




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Faculty Profile

Rose McDermott

Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.   She works in the areas of political psychology.  She received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford University and has also taught at Cornell and UCSB.  She works on a wide variety of topics including  gender, experimentation, national security intelligence, social identity, cybersecurity, emotion and decision-making, and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior. At Brown, she teaches introduction to International Relations, American Foreign Policy, War and Politics and seminars in political psychology,  war in film and literature and women and nations.  She has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and participated in the Mind Fitness training program with the US Marine Corps. 


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