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Growing up in an eccentric family, I started meditating in elementary school. Trained as a scholar in both Comparative Religion and Psychology at Harvard, I have been passionate about this integration for several decades and consider it my life's work.

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Susan M. Pollak, MTS, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist in Cambridge, MA. and President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. For over 2 decades she has taught and supervised at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, and is a co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at CHA. She has been teaching MSC with Christopher Germer since 2010, and worked on developing and refining the 8- week MSC course. A student of meditation and yoga since childhood, she has been integrating mindfulness and psychotherapy since 1985. Susan is the co-author of "Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy", contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd edition, and writes a popular blog on Psychology Today, The Art of Now.

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At Harvard Medical School, I am currently involved in 2 research studies exploring MSC and chronic pain. I have just published a new book on Mindful Self-Compassion for Parents, Guilford Press, 2019.

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