Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Center currently studying?

The Center has a diverse portfolio of research projects, exploring a wide range of ideas from the impact of a kindness curriculum in schools to the effectiveness of yoga and breathing exercises in reducing the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in military veterans. It is pioneering cutting-edge explorations, such as how to leverage digital games to foster pro-social behavior in middle school aged kids, and how we might be able to influence the expression of our genes – through our minds. See a complete list of research projects.

How can I learn more about mindfulness and other positive qualities of mind?

We encourage you to visit and to peruse our resources page. Connect with like-minded individuals on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We also suggest exploring the Websites of our affiliated organizations and checking out Dr. Davidson’s latest book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain.

How can I take part in a research study?

Please visit our participation page for a list of studies currently recruiting participants. If you meet the eligibility requirements listed, please contact the study coordinate as indicated. All information submitted is kept confidential.

How is the research funded?

Many of the Center’s basic science projects have garnered funding support from government and foundation sources, such as the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the John Templeton Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. The Center’s translational research projects (Kindness Curriculum Study and Veterans Wellness Study) rely on philanthropic support. To help advance the research, please consider making a tax-deductible gift.

How I can receive news and updates from the Center?

Sign up to receive e-mail updates and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

How can I help advance the Center’s mission?

If you are able to make a gift, we would be most grateful for your support. Much of the Center’s research depends on philanthropic funding to advance to the next level. We also appreciate your advocacy in spreading the word about the Center’s mission among your network of friends, family and colleagues.

How can I request a representative from the Center to speak at my event?

Please complete our speaking request form and include as much detail about your organization and event as possible.

How can I/my organization collaborate with the Center?

Feel free to send your proposal to and if our resources and interests align in the future, we will be in touch with you to coordinate.

Does the Center offer mental health counseling?

No. Please contact your mental health professional or mental health hotline for assistance with mental health issues and counseling.

Does the Center offer classes?

No. The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds is a research center dedicated to conducting vigorous scientific study of healthy qualities of mind. As such, we do not offer training in mindfulness-based practices unless it is directly related to a research project. We do encourage you to peruse our list of resources.

What is the Center’s relationship to the Dalai Lama?

The Center’s founder, Richard J. Davidson, is a friend of the Dalai Lama. The two met in 1992 when His Holiness challenged Dr. Davidson to apply the rigors of science to studying healthy qualities of mind. The Dalai Lama is passionate about the importance of scientific research and visits each year with Dr. Davidson to hear updates on the work. The Center is a secular organization, located at the Waisman Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Is the Center hiring?

Any current open paid positions are listed on the UW Employment Opportunities Web page. Be sure to enter "Center for Investigating Healthy Minds" in the search field. You may also check our employment and training page, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages, for employment notices.

Is it possible to receive a copy of the Center’s Kindness Curriculum?

No, not at this time. Our Center’s Kindness Curriculum research study is in the early stages of testing with select schools in the Madison (WI) Metropolitan School District. This research is focused on specific grade levels and populations of students. Our materials and lesson plans are used only for research purposes and are not available for distribution or general use at this time.

How can I get my child’s school involved in the Kindness Curriculum study?

As we secure additional funding, we hope to expand this research to include more classrooms and schools – both in Madison and eventually other cities. However, the determination of which schools are invited to participate will depend on the design of the study and type of sample (participants) needed to be scientifically valid.

Can someone at the Center help me develop my own Kindness Curriculum or mindfulness-based program for children?

No, not at this time. Our limited number of staff members must devote all of their time to the research study underway, therefore we do not have the resources to take on outside projects at this time. We do encourage you to visit our resources page and peruse the offerings of our affiliated organizations.

How can I learn how to teach mindfulness to children?

The Center does not offer mindfulness training unless it is part of an official research study. Please visit our resources page and affiliated organizations page for potential leads on training opportunities.

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