Mind & Life Institute
Susan is the president of the Mind & Life Insitute, a global non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating suffering and promoting flourishing through the integration of science with meditation and other contemplative practices. Previously, until December 2015, she was the director of the Compassionate Care Initiative and Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing and associate faculty in the Department of Religious Studies at UVa. Her research and teaching has focused on the use of mindfulness practices and other integrative health approaches to bolster stress resilience and sense of well-being, in health care and higher education, on individual, group, and systems levels. Susan is a Past-President of the Society for Integrative Oncology and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has served on a number of review panels and committees for the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society among other organizations. Besides over 60 scholarly publications, she is the author of a book for the lay public entitled Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness. Susan received a BSN from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, MSN in Adult Health/Oncology from the University of New Hampshire, and PhD in Nursing from Rush University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology and behavioral medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.