Nick Canby, MA


I am a clinical psychology doctoral student with research and clinical training in understanding meditation-related difficulties. I currently work as a research assistant with Dr. Britton and Dr. Lindahl on projects related to understanding the complex symptoms and life trajectories of meditators in distress. I have clinical experience using evidence-based treatments for a range of clinical presentations. While my background training is in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral approaches, I am flexible and currently learning Somatic Experiencing approaches to working with meditators and trauma from Dr. Britton. I personally have over 10 years of meditation experience and knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and traditions. I use this, along with my clinical and research training, to understand and contextualize where meditators-in distress are coming from and what approaches will be helpful.


Travis Dumais, MA


Travis received a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College. As a master’s student, he explored the differential effects of Focused Attention and Open Monitoring meditation on self-report sleep outcomes. The topic of his master’s thesis reflects his broader interest in how mindfulness interventions promote self-awareness and healthy living. To that end, Travis is assisting with data extraction for a systematic review/meta-analysis which aims to identify how mindfulness interventions promote self-regulation and medical regiment adherence. Travis is also an intern for a novel, 8-week mindfulness intervention (PI, Dr. Eric Loucks) designed to treat hypertension. As an undergrad, he spent his time researching the psychology of religious belief, moral decision making, and analogical thinking. In his free time, Travis enjoys improvising on the piano and guitar, reading, meditating, running, and writing stream of consciousness journal entries.

Lianne Cho


Lianne is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (Honors) at Brown University. Since joining the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience lab, Lianne has contributed to multiple projects within the "Dismantling Mindfulness” study. Right now, she is focussing on the effect of mindfulness on sleep, as well as the EEG correlates of emotional processing and self-referential activity. As an aspiring physician-neuroscientist, she is interested in exploring the use of computational methods to better understand the brain and subsequently neurological and/or psychiatric disorders. In her spare time, Lianne likes to spend time with loved ones, make music, and keep up with current events.

Ana Alejandre-Lara

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Ana is working towards her B.A. in Contemplative Studies at Brown University in Providence, RI. She contributed to the Variety of Contemplative Experiences project by helping with audio transcriptions and the development of the influencing factors codebook. She also worked on data collection and analysis for the K23 study. Ana is finishing up her thesis, which uses data from the K23 study, to look at memory- and self-biases in subclinical populations. After graduation, Ana will be teaching Special Education in Southern Massachusetts as a Teach for America corps member. When not working in the lab or on school-work, Ana enjoys hiking, rollerblading, and playing ultimate frisbee. 


Fadwa Ahmed


Fadwa is an undergraduate student at Brown University, double concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience and Comparative Literature. She is a volunteer at the Samaritans of Rhode Island and the President of the Students for Samaritans club at Brown, which works in coordination with the Samaritans towards suicide prevention, mental health awareness, and stigma erasure. In the Clinical Affective Neuroscience lab, which she has been a part of since her freshman year in 2015, Fadwa investigates how comorbid depression and anxiety affects response to mindfulness-based clinical intervention. Outside of school and lab, Fadwa enjoys acting, cuddling with her cats, eating eggplants, writing little poems, and participating in small dance parties.