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Lisa Halberstadt, M.S., began her career as a psychotherapist in college counseling centers before turning to psychiatric research. She spent most of her professional career at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University, focusing on the etiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders. Lisa completed the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project, and offers mindfulness meditation through a Jewish lens at various venues in Richmond. She teaches Mindful Self-Compassion through Chrysalis Institute, a resource and learning center for exploring insights and practices drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary science.