Helen Weng, PhD, is an American researcher, neuroscientist, and clinical psychologist whose studies focus on how meditation may improve both social and physical well-being. The child of Taiwanese immigrants, she has worked to increase the diversity of meditators in mindfulness studies, designing the studies so that they are more culturally sensitive to people from different groups.
Osher Center researcher Helen Weng, PhD, is the lead author of a promising new study, “Visual Attention to Suffering After Compassion Training Is Associated With Decreased Amygdala Responses,” which was recently published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. This study was conducted while Dr.
For Helen Weng, her work as a neuroscientist, her lived experience as the child of Taiwanese immigrants, and her mindfulness practice are inseparable. Weng has spent the last 14 years investigating the neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.