Dan's research utilizes a community-engaged, mixed methods approach to investigate the benefits of mindfulness and related contemplative practices for promoting resilient responses to stress and trauma, with a special emphasis on individuals impacted by the criminal legal system. In partnership with community-based organizations and system-impacted individuals, he is working to develop, implement, and evaluate peer-facilitated and strength-based approaches to support mental health during the transition from prison back into the community. His research also investigates the benefits of mindfulness training for police officer stress and mental health, and the role of contemplative practices for meaningful reform efforts that bring about greater well-being for police officers and the broader community.
B.A., Psychology, St. Olaf College (2005)
Ph.D., Psychology, Individualized Graduate Major with emphasis on the Neurobiology of Affective Pathology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2013)
How do people experience emotions over a period of time and what does that say about their resilience and well-being?
The goals of this work are to understand the impact of mindfulness training on police officer well-being and the well-being of people negatively affected by policing.
Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.