Sara Lazar


Sara W. Lazar, PhD

Sara W. Lazar, PhD is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She is a contributing author to Meditation and Psychotherapy (Guilford Press). She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD, and her work has been featured in a display at the Boston Museum of Science.

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Meditation and the Brain

In this talk you will learn how meditation practice alters brain structure and function. These changes will be discussed in relation to the beneficial effects of meditation on stress, depression, anxiety and pain. The session will also address the use of brief mindfulness practices that can be incorporated into the workday.