Program Directors

Amishi Jha photoAmishi Jha, Ph.D. is Director of Contemplative Neuroscience and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami.  She received her Ph.D from the University of California-Davis, and post-doctoral training in brain imaging at Duke University, and then went on as Assistant Professor in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania before joining her current post.  

She studies the influence of contemplative practices, such as mindfulness meditation, on the brain systems of attention and working memory. Her work investigates the use of mindfulness training in high stress cohorts, such as members of the military, their spouses, and students. She was selected as a Science and Public Leadership Fellow, Pop!Tech, and serves on the editorial review boards of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Frontiers in Cognitive Science, and Frontiers in Psychology.


Scott Rogers pictureScott Rogers, M.S., J.D., is Director of Programs and Training and of the Mindfulness in Law Program at the University of Miami School of Law. Since 2008, Professor Rogers has been teaching a series of Jurisight® mindfulness classes for Miami Law students. He co-developed and teaches the core curriculum class, "Mindful Ethics," the seminar, "Mindfulness in Law" and the short course, "Mindful Leadership." Professor Rogers’ mindfulness programs have also been adapted and taught to lawyers, judges, law students, mediators, medical students and residents, educators, parents, negotiators, and therapists.

Scott is the author of "Mindfulness for Law Students: Applying the Power of Mindful Awareness to Achieve Balance and Success in Law School" which is being used in law schools across the country, "The Six-Minute Solution: A Mindfulness Primer for Lawyers," “Mindful Parenting: Meditations, Verses and Visualizations for a More Joyful Life,” and “Mindfulness and Professional Responsibility: A Guidebook for Integrating Mindfulness into the Law School Curriculum."


Maria Paula Jimenez photoMaria Paula Jimenez, is the Assistant Director of Training and Programs for the UMindfulness Initiative at the University of Miami. She is a certified teacher for the Compassion Cultivation Training Program from Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and assistant teacher for the Mindfulness Based Emotional Balance Program from UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Prior to arriving at the University of Miami, she offered mindfulness and compassion trainings in Colombia, Chile, Mexico & Spain and she had a private practice which integrated psychotherapy with a contemplative approach. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Los Andes University with a minor in Business Administration. In addition, she studied Corporate Social Responsibility at Sergio Arboleda University and Integrative Therapies at the School of Medicine at El Rosario University.


The University of Miami is home to a group of mindfulness practitioners, teachers, and researchers who individually and collectively offer a variety of mindfulness offerings throughout the year.

Todd Ambroisa, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Debra Annane, Miller School of Medicine
Rochelle Baer, Mailman Center for Child Development
Timothy Conner, Frost School of Music
Alan Delamater, Mailman Center for Child Development 
Amishi Jha, College of Liberal Arts and Science, (Website)
Carol Kaminski, Frost School of Music 
David Lee, Miller School of Medicine
Teresa Lesiuk, Frost School of Music
Helen Masin, Department of Physical Therapy
Hilit Mechaber, Miller School of Medicine
Scott Rogers, School of Law (Website)
Maria Shojaee, Nursing School
Jose Szapocznik, Miller School of Medicine
Trae Williamson, School of Business Administration

If you are a member of the University of Miami community are have an interest in mindfulness, please contact Scott Rogers to discuss your interest in joining the initiative.

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