Lecture: Center for HealthyMinds

  • April 17, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Capital Lakes Auditorium


  • Free and Open to the Public

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.

No registration is required.

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and guests.

Registration is not required.

Lecture: Midlife Study of Health and Well-being;

Stacey Schaefer Center for 


Speakers:  Lorri Houston & Dr. Stacey Schaefer

Lorri Houston:  

Lorri has an MA in Public Policy and an MA in Social Work.  Lorri directs the Center's membership programs with a focus on supporting our donor family and providing opportunities for donor engagement in Center activities.

Before joining the Center, Lorri worked at Deer Park Monastery, a Thich Nhat Hanh meditation and mindfulness practice center in California. Above all, she enjoys being part of our movement to create a kinder, more compassionate world for all.

Stacey Schaefer, Pd.D.:

Stacey leads the Center's contribution to the Midlife in the United States Longitudinal Study of Health and Well-Being (the MIDUS Neuroscience Project), as well as a study examining how our cognitive abilities are related to our emotion regulatory abilities. In addition, she is the principal investigator of a study examining how individual differences in emotion may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Stacey’s research questions can generally be summarized as: How do different emotional response styles shape our health and well-being as we age? What does better emotion regulation ability predict in terms of people’s health and well-being, and similarly what individual differences promote better emotion regulation? For example, what is the interaction/overlap between executive control and self-regulatory processes such as emotion regulation?

To answer these questions, she studies the morphometry of and functional activity in emotion regulation-related brain circuitry, psychophysiological measures of emotional responses, and these measures' relations with aging, stress, cognition, coping styles, as well as biological and psychological predictors of well-being.


What if our world were a kinder, wiser, more compassionate place? A place where we exercise our minds just like we exercise our bodies? A place where transforming your mind not only improves your own well-being, but cascades to the well-being of others in your community and around the globe?

We’re making this vision a reality at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Faced with mental and physical health challenges at a global scale, we conduct rigorous scientific research to bring new insights and tools aimed at improving the well-being of people of all backgrounds and ages.

Our research, rooted in neuroscience, comes down to one basic question: What constitutes a healthy mind?

To begin to answer this, we’ve investigated the science of emotions, contemplative practices and qualities of mind we suspect affect well-being, including attention, resilience, equanimity, savoring positive emotions, kindness, compassion, gratitude and empathy. The Center, part of one of the world’s top research institutions, benefits from cross-disciplinary collaborations in the arts and humanities, the physical and natural sciences, and the social sciences. We take pride in being a global hub for innovations in affective and contemplative neuroscience in addition to well-being across the lifespan.

About Center for HealthyMinds:

The Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations, an affiliated non-profit dedicated to supporting the mission of the Center for Healthy Minds, encompass an interdisciplinary team of scientists, students, research staff and administrative staff. We draw from the scientific expertise, collaboration and philanthropic support from partners around the globe.

Core Values: Center for HealthyMinds

Conduct our work with rigor

We are dedicated to meeting our mission through high quality work, whether it’s research or other initiatives. We uphold these standards through continuous learning, respectfully challenging each other to improve, engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations, and intellectual humility.

Make an impact on the world

Impact is the grounding principle for all the research and work we do together. We pay attention to what our work means in the world, prioritize research and projects that have the greatest potential to promote well-being and relieve suffering, and strive to increase the reach of beneficial results of our work.

Cultivate a prosocial workplace

How we do our work together matters. We are committed to creating a workplace and community of collaborators that embodies our mission and vision. We practice this commitment by interacting with respect, kindness, compassion and gratitude toward each other and the resources we share.

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