Dr. Helen Weng

UCSF Neuroscientist and Brain Researcher

Dr. Helen Weng, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist who is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, a core faculty member of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and an affiliate faculty member of the Neuroscape Center. Dr. Weng is developing new ways to quantify meditation skills using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and machine learning to identify mental states of body awareness during meditation. She is also using community engagement with the East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland, CA) to increase the diversity of meditators included in neuroscience studies. Her earlier work showed that short-term compassion meditation may increase both altruistic and neural responses to suffering. Her work has been featured in the NY Times, BBC, and NPR, and she was recently named by her peers as one of the 10 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement at mindful.org.

More information: UCSF Osher Center site and study