This page includes resources and a living list of research and select publications by CEA teachers and advisors. If you’ve published on the topics of compassion, mindfulness, contemplative practice and education, please email us to submit your reference for this shared library.

If you’d like to participate in compassion research through CEA, please email

Guided Meditation

Mini Compassionate Body Scan with Margaret Cullen – 15 minutes

Full Length Compassionate Body Scan with Margaret Cullen – 30 minutes

Research on Compassion Cultivation

Chapin, H. L., Darnall, B. D., Seppala, E. M., Doty, J. R., Hah, J. M., & Mackey, S. C. (2014). Pilot study of a compassion meditation intervention in chronic pain. Journal of compassionate health care, 1(1), 4.

Goldin, P.R., & Jazaieri, H. (2017). Investigating moderators of compassion meditation training in a community sample. Mindfulness.

Hansen, N. H., Juul, L., Pallesen, K. J., & Fjorback, L. O. (2021). Effect of a Compassion Cultivation Training Program for Caregivers of People With Mental Illness in Denmark. JAMA Network Open4(3), e211020.

Jazaieri, H., Jinpa, G. T., McGonigal, K., Rosenberg, E. L., Finkelstein, J., Simon-Thomas, E., … & Goldin, P. R. (2013). Enhancing compassion: a randomized controlled trial of a compassion cultivation training program. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14(4), 1113-1126.

Jazaieri, H., McGonigal, K., Jinpa, T., Doty, J. R., Gross, J. J., & Goldin, P. R. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of compassion cultivation training: Effects on mindfulness, affect, and emotion regulation. Motivation and Emotion, 38(1), 23-35.

Jazaieri, H., Lee, I. A., McGonigal, K., Jinpa, T., Doty, J. R., Gross, J. J., & Goldin, P. R. (2015). A wandering mind is a less caring mind: Daily experience sampling during compassion meditation training. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(1), 37-50.

Jazaieri, H., McGonigal, K., Lee, I., Jinpa, T., Doty, J., Gross, J. & Goldin, P. (2017) Altering the Trajectory of Affect and Affect Regulation: the Impact of Compassion Training. Mindfulness. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12671-017-0773-3

Scarlet, J., Altmeter, N., Knier, S., & Harpin, E, (2017). The effects of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) on healthcare workers. Clinical Psychologist, 21, 116–124

Selected Publications by CEA teachers and advisors

Gonzalo Brito-Pons, PhD

Matos, M., McEwan, K., Kanovský, M., Halamová, J., Steindl, S. R., Ferreira, N., Linharelhos, M., Rijo, D., Asano, K., Gregório, S., Márquez, M. G., Vilas, S. P., Brito-Pons, G., Lucena-Santos, P., da Silva Oliveira, M., de Souza, E. L., Llobenes, L., Gumiy, N., Costa, M. I., Habib, N., … Gilbert, P. (2021). Fears of compassion magnify the harmful effects of threat of COVID-19 on mental health and social safeness across 21 countries. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 10.1002/cpp.2601. PDF

Ortega-Galán, Á. M., Pérez-García, E., Brito-Pons, G., Ramos-Pichardo, J. D., Carmona-Rega, M. I., & Ruiz-Fernández, M. D. (2021). Understanding the concept of compassion from the perspectives of nurses. Nursing Ethics. PDF

Roca, P., Vazquez, C., Diez, G., Brito-Pons, G., & McNally, R. J. (2021). Not all types of meditation are the same: Mediators of change in mindfulness and compassion meditation interventions. Journal of Affective DisordersPDF

Brito-Pons, G., Waibel, A., Chun, J. (2019). Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). Program Description, Research, and Potential Benefit for Health Care and Palliative Care Professionals. In Sansó (Ed.) The Power of Compassion. Nova Publishers. PDF

Cullen, M., Brito-Pons, G., Roeser, R.  (2019) Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance: History of Development, Curriculum, and Research. In I. Ivtzan (Ed.) Handbook of Mindfulness Programs. Routledge. PDF

Brito-Pons, G., Campos, D., Cebolla, A. (2018). Implicit or Explicit Compassion? Effects of Compassion Cultivation Training and Comparison with Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. Mindfulness. PDF 

Cullen, M. & Brito Pons, G. (2017). Mindfulness Based Emotional Balance (MBEB) Instructor Manual. Unpublished Manuscript. 135 pages.

Araya, C., Moncada, L., Fauré, J., Mera, L., Musa, G., Cerda, J., . . . Brito-Pons, G. (2017). Adaptation and validation of the Self-Compassion Scale in a Chilean context. Revista Latinoamericana de psicologia positiva, 3. PDF

Brito-Pons, G. (2014). Cultivating healthy minds and open hearts: A mixed-method controlled study on the psychological and relational effects of Compassion Cultivation Training in Chile. Tesis Doctoral.  2014, 242 páginas; UMI: 3631418. Abstract

Brito-Pons, G. (2014). Secular Compassion Training: En Empirical Review. Journal of Transpersonal Research, (2) 1–9.Secular Compassion Training: An Empirical Review, 61-71. PDF

Brito-Pons, G. (2013). Rethinking Mindfulness in the Therapeutic Relationship. Mindfulness, 1–9.  Brito –  PDF

Margaret Cullen, LMFT

“Mindfulness Training Improves Middle School Teachers’ Occupational Health, Well-being, and Interactions with Students in their Most Stressful Classrooms”. Roeser, R., Mashburn, A.J., Skinner, E, Choles, J., Taylor, C., Rickert, N., Pinela, C., Robbeloth, J., Saxton, E. , Weiss, E., Cullen, M., Sorenson, J. (In Press) Journal of Educational Psychology

“Impacts of a Mindfulness-Based Program on Teachers’ Forgiveness.”Braun, S. S., Cho, S., Colaianne, B. A., Taylor, C., Cullen, M., & Roeser, R. W. (2020). Mindfulness, 11(8), 1978-1992.

“The Real Danger of Suppressing Your Emotions”, Mindful Magazine, May 7, 2020

“Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance: History of Development, Curriculum, and Research”, chapter in The Handbook of Mindfulness-based Programmes: Mindfulness Interventions from Education to Health and Therapy, Routledge, 2020

“Mindfulness of Anger”, Mindful Magazine, January 25, 2016 

“How to Bounce Back from an Angry Outburst”, Mindful Magazine, May 5, 2016 

“The Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance Workbook: An Eight Week Program for Improved Emotion Regulation and Resilience”, Cullen, M., and Brito, G. Oakland: New Harbinger, 2015.

“Mindfulness Training and Stress Reduction in Teachers: Findings and Potential Mediating Processes”, Roeser, R., Schonert-Reichl, K, Taylor, C., Harrison, J., Cullen, M., Society for Prevention Research 22nd Annual Meeting 2013; 05/2014

 “Anticipatory sensitization to repeated stressors: The role of initial cortisol reactivity and meditation/emotion skills training”, Turan,B., Foltz, C., Cavanagh, J., Wallace, A., Cullen, M. , Rosenberg, E., Jennings, P.,, Ekman, P. , Kemeny, M. Psychoneuroendocrinology (2014) 

“Mindfulness Training and Reductions in Teacher Stress and Burnout: Results From Two Randomized, Waitlist-Control Field Trials”, Roeser, R. W., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Jha, A., Cullen, M., Wallace, L., Wilensky, R., Oberle, E., Thomson, K., Taylor, C., & Harrison, J. (2013, April 29). Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0032093

“Teaching Compassion to Teachers” chapter in Compassion: Bridging Practice and Science,Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, 2013

“Stopping Teacher Burnout”, Greater Good, The Science of a Meaningful Life, Online Journal, January 19, 2012

“Contemplative/Emotion Training Reduces Negative Emotional Behavior and Promotes Prosocial Responses.” with Kemeny, M. E., Foltz, C., Cavanagh, J. F.., Giese-Davis, J., Jennings, P., Rosenberg, E. L., Gillath, O., Shaver, P. R., Wallace, B. A., & Ekman, P. (2011, December 12). Emotion. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0026118

 “Compassion Curriculum: An Interview with Geshe Thubten Jinpa”, Inquiring Mind, Volume 28 , Number 1, Fall 2011, with Barbara Gates and Sandy Boucher.

“Opening the Heart at Stanford, Google and Beyond”, Inquiring Mind, Volume 28, Number 1, Fall, 2011.

“Mindfulness-Based Interventions: An Emerging Phenomenon”, Mindfulness, Vol. 2, #3, September, 2011

“On Mindfulness”, Essay in Emotional Awareness, Ekman, Paul and The Dalai Lama, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 2008, pp. 61-63

“Mystery Remains: A Scientist meets a Monk”, Interview with Paul Ekman, Inquiring Mind,Vol. 24, Number 1, Fall 2007

“The Pursuit of Happiness: An Interview with Matthieu Ricard”, with Ronna Kabatznick, Inquiring Mind, Volume 23, Number 2, Spring 2007

“Mindfulness: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation?”, Inquiring Mind, Volume 22, Number 2, Spring 2006

“A Meeting of the Minds: Buddhists & Scientists Confer at M.I.T.” Inquiring Mind, Volume 20, Number 2, Spring 2004

“Scientific Mind, Buddhist Mind: An Interview with Alan Wallace”,Inquiring Mind, Volume 20, Number 2, Spring 2004

“The Traveling Peacemaker: A Conversation with Marshall Rosenberg”, in collaboration with Ronna Kabatznick, Inquiring Mind, Volume 21, Number 1, Fall 2004 

“The Science of Goodness”, Inside Mind and Life, Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2005

Erika Rosenberg, PhD

Rosenberg, E.L., & Ekman, P. (Eds., in press). What the Face Reveals, 3rd edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Feist, G.J., & Rosenberg, E.L. (2019). Fundamentals of Psychology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 

Feist, G.J., & Rosenberg, E.L. (2018). Psychology: Perspectives and Connections, 4th Edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill 

Rosenberg, E.L., Zanesco, A.P., King, B.G., Aichele, S.R., Jacobs, T.L, Bridwell, D.A., MacLean, K.A., Shaver, P.R., Ferrer, E., Sahdra, B.K., Lavy, S., Wallace, B.A. & Saron, C.D. (2015). Intensive meditation training influences emotional responses to suffering. Emotion, 15. 775-790. 

Turan, B., Foltz, C., Cavanagh, J.F., Wallace, B.A., Cullen, M., Rosenberg, E.L., Jennings, P., Ekman, P., & Kemeny, M.E. (2015) Anticipatory sensitization to repeated stressors: The role of initial cortisol reactivity and meditation/emotion skills training. Psychophysiology, 52. 229- 238. 

Feist, G.J., & Rosenberg, E.L. (2015). Psychology: Perspectives and Connections, 3e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 

Rosenberg, E.L., & Cullen, M.C. (2014). Working with emotions in the cultivation of compassion. In T. Singer & M. Bolz (Eds.). Compassion: Bridging practice and science (a multi-media book). 

Rosenberg, E.L. (2013). Meditation and emotion. In A. Fraser (Ed.) The healing power of meditation (pp. 66-78). Boston: Shambhala Publications. 

Jacobs, T. L., Shaver, P. R., Epel, E. S., Zanesco, A. P., Aichele, S. A., Bridwell, D. A., Rosenberg, E. L., King, B. G., Maclean, K. A., Sahdra, B. K., Kemeny, M. E., Ferrer, E., Wallace, B. A., & Saron, C. D. (2013). Self-reported mindfulness and cortisol during a Shamatha meditation retreat. Health Psychology, 32, 1104-1109. 

Saggar, M., King, B.G., Zanesco, A., MacLean, K. A., Aichele, S.R., Jacobs, T.L., Bridwell, D.A., Shaver, P.R., Rosenberg, E.L., Sahdra, B.K., Ferrer, E., Tang, A.C., Mangun, G.R., Mangun, G.R., Wallace, B.A., Mikkulainen, R., & Saron, C.D. (2012). Intensive meditation training induces longitudinal changes in meditation state-related EEG oscillatory activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 256-. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00256. 

Saggar, M., King, B.G., Zanesco, A.P., MacLean, K.A., Aichele, S.R., Jacobs, T.L Bridwell, D.A., Shaver, P.R., Rosenberg, E.L., Sahdra, B.K.. Ferrer, E., Tang, A.C., Mangun, G.R., Wallace, B.A., Miikkulainen, R., & Saron, C.D. (2012). Intensive training induces longitudinal changes in meditation state-related EEG oscillatory activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6. :256. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00256 Rosenberg 3 

Feist, G.J., & Rosenberg, E.L. (2012). Psychology: Perspectives and Connections, 2e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 

Kemeny, M.E., Foltz, C., Cavanagh, J.F., Cullen, M. Giese-Davis, J., Jennings, P., Rosenberg, E.L., Gillath, O., Shaver, P.R., Wallace, B.A., & Ekman, P. (2012). Contemplative/Emotion training reduces negative emotional behavior and promotes prosocial responses. Emotion. 12, 338–350. 

Jacobs, T.L., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Wolkowitz, O.M., Bridwell, D.A., Zanesco, A.P., Aichele, S.R., Sahdra, B.K., MacLean, K.A., King, B.G., Shaver, P.R., Rosenberg, E.L., Ferrer, E., Wallace, B.A., & Saron, C.D. (2011). Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 36, 664-681. 

Sahdra, B. K., MacLean, K. A., Ferrer, E., Shaver, P. R., Rosenberg, E. L., Jacobs, T. L., Zanesco, A. P., Aichele, S. R., King, B. G., Bridwell, D. A., Mangun, G. R., Lavy, S., Wallace, B. A., & Saron, C. D. (2011). Enhanced response inhibition during intensive meditation training predicts improvements in self-reported adaptive socio-emotional functioning. Emotion, 11, 299– 312. 

MacLean, K.A., Ferrer, E., Aichele, S., Bridwell, D.A., King, B.G., Jacobs, T.L., Zanesco, A.P, Rosenberg, E.L., Sahdra, B.K., Wallace, B.A., Shaver, P.R., Mangun, G.R., & Saron, C.D. (2010). Intensive meditation training leads to improvements in perceptual discrimination and sustained attention. Psychological Science, 21, 829–839. 

Feist, G., & Rosenberg, E. L. (2010). Psychology: Making Connections. McGraw-Hill: New York. 

Rosenberg, E.L. (2009). Review of: “Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the obstacles to psychological balance and compassion. A conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman, Ph.D.” In Inquiring Mind: A Semiannual Journal of the Vipassana Community. P. 37. 

Ekman, P., & Rosenberg, E.L. (2005). (Eds). What the face reveals: Basic and applied studies of spontaneous expression using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS, 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Rosenberg, E. L. (2004). Mindfulness and consumerism. In T. Kasser & A. D. Kanner (Eds.). Psychology and the culture of consumption, pp. 107-125. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 

Rosenberg, E. L., & Ekman, P. (2003). Emotion, facial expression. In G. Adelman & B. H. Smith (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 3rd Edition, New York: Elsevier Science. 

Rosenberg, E.L., Ekman, P., Jiang, W., Coleman, R.E., Hanson, M., O’Connor, C., Waugh, R., & Blumenthal, J.A. (2001). Linkages between facial expressions of anger and transient myocardial ischemia in men with coronary artery disease. Emotion, 1, 107-115. 

Rosenberg, E. L., & Ekman, P. (2000). Emotion: Methods of study. In A. Kasdan (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology, (pp. 171-175). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press. 

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