Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain and Just One Thing. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, an affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center of the University of California, Berkeley, he has taught at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard universities.
Hanson began meditating in 1974 and has studied and practiced in several traditions. At the end of 2008, he completed a nine-year term on the Board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. He also has taught at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts, New York Insight in New York City, the Sati Center in California, and other meditation centers.
After earning a master’s degree in developmental psychology from San Francisco State University, Hanson received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in 1991, with a dissertation titled, “Gratifying Control: Mothers Offering Alternatives to Toddlers.” For many years, he served on the Board of FamilyWorks, a family resource agency in Marin County, California, and he currently serves as a Trustee of Saybrook University in California.
Today, Hanson’s clinical practice includes adults, couples, families, and children, as well as psychological assessments of children and adults related to temperament, school performance, and educational and vocational planning. A graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program, he also leads a weekly meditation group in San Rafael, California.
Rick Hanson is coauthor (with Jan Hanson and Ricki Pollycove) of Mother Nurture. His blogs and writings have been featured in Therapy Networker, Tricycle Magazine, Inquiring Mind, Insight Journal, Your Wise Brain, Psychology Today, and the Huffington Post. He also offers a free e-newsletter, Just One Thing.