Research: The Stanford Center for Compassion & Altruism

Since 2009, I’ve worked with the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education to develop and scientifically study programs that train compassion, empathy, and self-compassion, as well as to train professionals in leading such programs worldwide.

Below are some key resources related to this work.

Scientific Articles (Links to Full Text)

A wandering mind is a less caring mind: Daily experience sampling during compassion meditation training. Jazaieri, H., Lee, I.A., McGonigal, K.M., Jinpa, G.T., Doty, J.R., Gross, J.J., & Goldin, P.R. (in press). The Journal of Positive Psychology.

A randomized controlled trial of compassion cultivation training: Effects on mindfulness, affect, and emotion regulation. Jazaieri, Hooria, Kelly McGonigal, Thupten Jinpa, James R. Doty, James J. Gross, and Philippe R. Goldin. (2014). Motivation and Emotion, 38(1), 23-35.

Enhancing compassion: A randomized controlled trial of a compassion cultivation training program. Jazaieri, Hooria, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Kelly McGonigal, Erika L. Rosenberg, Joel Finkelstein, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Margaret Cullen, James R. Doty, James J. Gross, and Philippe R. Goldin. Journal of Happiness Studies 14, no. 4 (2013): 1113-1126.

Pilot study of a compassion meditation intervention in chronic pain. Chapin, Heather L., Beth D. Darnall, Emma M. Seppala, James R. Doty, Jennifer M. Hah, and Sean C. Mackey. Journal of Compassionate Health Care 1 (2014): 1-12.

The Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training Program

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness.

The senior author of CCT is Thupten Jinpa, PhD, in collaboration with Margaret Cullen, MFT, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, Erika Rosenberg, PhD, and Leah Weiss, PhD.

Visit the Stanford CCARE CCT information page to find certified CCT courses and teachers worldwide, and learn more about the program, including our teacher training process.

CCARE Public Events

The Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education hosts a wide range of public talks and conferences. Many of these events have been recorded and are available to view, for free, on the CCARE website. Check out the CCARE Events page for more information about upcoming events, and the CCARE Videos Archive to view past events.