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date: 15 July 2020

(p. ix) About the Editors

(p. ix) About the Editors

James R. Doty

James R. Doty is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. Additionally, he is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Through the center, he has supported the development of compassion research; promoted the importance of compassion in business, medicine, and technology; and developed a compassion intervention program (the Compassion Cultivation Training). His research focuses on the neural bases of compassion and the impact of compassion interventions for physical and psychological well-being. Dr. Doty is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.

Emma M. Seppälä

Emma M. Seppälä is Science Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Her research focuses on social connection, compassion, and well-being. She has conducted research on methods like meditation and breathing for anxiety with students and with veterans of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is a science writer at Psychology Today and Harvard Business Review and is the author of The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success.

Monica C. Worline

Monica C. Worline is a research scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and Executive Director of CompassionLab, the world’s leading research “collaboratory” focused on compassion at work. Worline holds a lectureship at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and is an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Positive Organizations. She is also the founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, an innovation organization that teaches businesses and others how to tap into courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and their curiosity to bring their best work to life.

(p. x) Stephanie L. Brown

Stephanie L. Brown is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stony Brook University. She was the lead editor on Oxford’s edited volume entitled Moving Beyond Self-Interest: Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience, and the Social Sciences, in which she and her colleagues advanced a new paradigm for the study of compassion and helping behavior. She is currently investigating the physiological mechanisms that connect helping behavior to reduced mortality risk.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the Science Director at the University of California–Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). Among other initiatives, she runs the GGSC Research Fellowship program and co-instructs “GG101x: The Science of Happiness,” a massive open online course that has over 450,000 students enrolled worldwide. Simon-Thomas is trained in cognitive and affective neuroscience, and her work currently focuses on: (1) how pro-social tendencies like compassion, generosity, and gratitude can benefit health and well-being at individual, interpersonal, and society-wide levels; and (2) how to strengthen and assess the impact of increasing pro-social habits within the self, families, communities, and institutions.

C. Daryl Cameron

C. Daryl Cameron is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University. His research focuses on the psychological processes involved in empathy and moral decision-making. Much of his work examines motivational factors that shape empathic emotions and behaviors toward others, particularly in response to large-scale crises (e.g., natural disasters, genocides) and in inter-group situations.