About Dr. Cortland Dahl
Cortland Dahl, Ph.D.
Chief Contemplative Officer, Healthy Minds Innovations
Research Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds
Dr. Cortland Dahl is a leading expert on the science of mindfulness and the cultivation of well-being. He is the creator of the Healthy Minds Program, and along with Dr. Richard Davidson and Dr. Christy Wilson-Mendenhall, developed a new scientific model of well-being based on contemporary neuroscience and classical contemplative frameworks.
Dr. Dahl has an eclectic background and spent years studying and practicing meditation around the world, including eight years living in Tibetan refugee settlements in India and Nepal. He has published numerous books and scientific articles, including translations of ancient Tibetan meditation manuals and neuroscientific accounts of meditation practice. In addition to his work with the Center for Healthy Minds, Dr. Dahl is the co-founder of a global network of meditation groups and centers.
Sample talk titles include:
The Science of Well-Being
Strategies to Train the Mind
Beyond Mindfulness: New Frontiers of Scientific Research
The Four Pillars of Well-Being: Awareness, Connection, Insight and Purpose
Teaching & Practices from the Healthy Minds Program
Mindfulness for Sleep (practice)
The Pull of Distraction (podcast)
Appreciation (practice) – 10 min sitting meditation
Articles and Publications
Dahl, C. J. & Davidson, R. J. (2019). Mindfulness and the contemplative life: Pathways to connection, insight, and purpose. Current Opinion in Psychology, 28, 60-4. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.11.007
Dahl, C. J., Lutz, A., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Reconstructing and deconstructing the self: Cognitive mechanisms in meditation practice. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19(9), 515–23. PMCID: PMC4595910.
Davidson, R. J., Dahl, C. J. (2016). Varieties of contemplative practice. JAMA Psychiatry. ePub ahead of print. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.3469
Davidson, R. J., & Dahl, C. J. (2017). Outstanding challenges in scientific research on mindfulness and meditation. Perspectives on Psychological Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691617718358