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Dusana Dorjee

University of York

Dr Dusana Dorjee received her PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science (with neuroscience focus) from the University of Arizona. She also holds master's degrees in clinical psychology and cognitive psychology/cognitive science. Dusana leads the Well Minds Lab at the University of York where she is an associate professor. Her research investigates processes in the mind and brain underlying wellbeing and their reshaping by contemplative practice, particularly in the educational context.


Dusana Dorjee, PhD
Dusana Dorjee, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist, author, meditation practitioner and teacher. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science (with neuroscience focus) from the University of Arizona. Dusana also holds master's degrees in clinical psychology (Comenius University) and cognitive psychology/cognitive science (University of Arizona) and studied at doctoral level philosophy of mind and science. She leads a research lab where she investigates changes in the mind and brain resulting from meditation practice in the context of well-being across the lifespan. Dusana has pioneered neuroscientific research on secular meditation with children and adolescents in schools and proposed a framework for research in contemplative science. She is currently developing new measures which may enable a more comprehensive and integrative investigation of modifications in the mind and brain with meditation. Dusana has also co-authored (with focus on neuroscience content) a mindfulness and well-being curriculum called The Present Course for Primary Schools. The course trains school teachers in teaching contemplative practice-based skills to 3-11 year olds in an incremental way. Dusana authored the Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness (Routledge, 2013) and Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2017). She has been regularly practicing meditation since 2000 with a particular focus on Dzogchen. Dusana has been teaching meditation since 2005.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Contemplative Science; Contemplative Neuroscience; Cognitive Neuroscience of Well-being; Developmental Contemplative Neuroscience



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Interview on Meditation, metacognition, and existential awareness

By: Dusana Dorjee
Subjects: Cognitive Neuroscience, Mental Health, Psychological Science, Psychology

Listen to my recent interview with Victor Lange, a PhD-fellow at the University of Copenhagen, about my research on mindfulness and meditation more broadly, including topics covered in my second book. 

Six common misconceptions about meditation

By: Dusana Dorjee
Subjects: Mental Health, Psychological Science

Meditation has been hailed as a way to boost mental health, help chronic painreduce stress and build a new appreciation for the world around us. But even with all this interest, misconceptions about what this ancient practice can do for human health and well-being are still circulating. Continue reading my article in The Conversation...