Kristin Neff, PhD, is co-founder of CMSC and co-developer of MSC. She is Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology Dept. at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, being the first person to operationally define and measure the construct. She has published widely including numerous academic articles, book chapters and the popular book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. She is also Associate Editor at the journal Mindfulness. Kristin’s work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Scientific American, and Psychology Today. Kristin is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.
Christopher Germer, PhD is a co-developer of the MSC program and a co-founder of the Center for MSC. He is the author of the popular book, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-author (with Kristin Neff) of the professional text, Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, and a workbook, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. Chris is an MSC Teacher Trainer and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.
Chris is also a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. Chris has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. He has co-edited two influential volumes –Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy – and he is a founding faculty member of both the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. Chris maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.
Joy Xiaoyu Huang, MA (Business Administration), is a Certified MSC Teacher based in China. She is the Director of International Collaboration and Operation Enablers of Hailan Family Well-being (HFW), CMSC’s committed partner in China since 2012. Joy started her career as a professional interpreter working for senior Chinese government officials and the International Telecommunications Union, and then spent 15 years working in Vodafone China encompassing various responsibilities including China Business Development, board governance, investor and media relations, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She is the key contributor of translating MSC Participant Handout and MSC Teacher Guide into mandarin Chinese, and a key person in setting up HFW’s innovative Live Online & Offline MSC 8-Week Program. She’s also the co-translator of two books: Introduction to Internal Family System Model by Richard Schwartz, and The Mindfulness Workbook for Teen Anxiety by Chris Willard.
Marta Alonso is Licensed Clinical Psychologist specialized in mindfulness and compassion treatments and European Expert in Psychotherapy by the EFPA having obtained Europsy certification. She is MSC Teacher Trainer and Mentor and the first certified teacher in the Spanish language. She has taught more than 40 MSC courses, which she introduced in Spain. She is a founding member of the Spanish Association of Mindfulness and Compassion and has been its president until 2017, and is currently a member of the honorary council.
Jim Douglass, PhD, lives in Southern California. In his 25-year management and executive career, has managed functions as diverse as statistical services, operations, finance, sales and marketing, technology and business consulting. For 10 of those years, he served as a General Manager with full P&L authority for divisions within three different companies. Jim also was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley for 10 years and is a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving. He has served on half a dozen boards or advisory groups for local charities, and continues to serve on the Board of Visitors of Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Jim also serves as Senior Advisor on Business to the Executive Director of CMSC.
Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. His role is to provide oversight, vision, direction and focus for the development and expansion of CMSC around the world. He is also the Director of Professional Training, overseeing the training of teachers from “start to finish” and assuring the highest quality standards and the best possible resources for teaching. Steve is the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for 17 years and has trained teachers of MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Steve is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.
Aimee Eckhardt is a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and co-developer of the MSC Community for Deepening Practice. She is a co-founder of the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness and is on the advisory board for Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth annual conference. She is also a web developer and designer supporting entrepreneurial initiatives in the mindfulness community through Creatrix Design. She lives, plays, and parents in Kansas City, U
Gail Stein, MA (Art History) lives in San Diego, California, where she managed a yoga and bodywork studio for many years. She has an administrative background and has run several independent businesses with her husband. She now provides administrative support for the Executive Director, manages the finances of the organization, and coordinates CMSC-sponsored events. She answers most general public inquiries, and is often the first point of contact for people wanting to learn more about CMSC.
Kim is a certified Life Coach and Group Facilitator with a passion for yoga, dance and the great outdoors. She has an administrative background in the non-profit sector and enjoys supporting others to thrive in their personal and professional lives. After discovering MSC in 2015, Kim trained as an MSC teacher and is delighted to now be working for CMSC. Her primary role is interfacing with MSC teachers and answering inquiries related to teacher training and continuing education. Originally from the UK, Kim worked and travelled across the globe for several years before making her home in Portland, Oregon.
Mirjam Luthe, MA (International Cultural and Business Studies, Development Cooperation & NGO Management) has lived three years in California, while her home base is Freiburg, Germany. Her primary role is providing administrative support for the Director of International Affairs, e.g. for the International Advisory Council and Globally Engaged Intensives. Mirjam speaks several languages, including English, German, Spanish, French and Italian. She is a trained MSC Teacher, a MBSR teacher, trained in the Mindful Schools Curriculum and experienced with Council Practice.
Kristy Arbon, BSW, BA (Psychology), is an Australian living in St. Louis, Missouri. She has experience developing online learning programs for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Inner Kids Professional Development Program. Her role at CMSC is to develop, coordinate and teach Live Online MSC (LOMSC) and to train new LOMSC teachers. Kristy is a certified MSC teacher and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world. She is founder and CEO of HeartWorks Training.
Cecilia Fernandez-Hall, Ph.D. is a Cuban-American living in New Hampshire. She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy, a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, and a Circles of Practice facilitator. Cecilia manages the day-to-day operation of the Circles of Practice and co-coordinates Circles of Encouragement, the weekly emails designed to help support the mindfulness and self-compassion practices of our ever-growing MSC graduate and teacher communities.
Each country with a sizeable community of MSC teachers and practitioners will have the opportunity to contribute to and to partake in the international MSC community via our International Advisory Council. More information coming soon.