Kristin Neff has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential research psychologists and received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

During Kristin’s last year of graduate school she became interested in Buddhism and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. Kristin is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, creating a scale to measure the construct almost 20 years ago. There is a particularly useful page on self-compassion guided practices and a you tube clip on the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion.

Dr Kristen Neff –