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.
In her work at the Osher Center and as an affiliate faculty member of the Neuroscape Center, Dr. Helen 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.
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.