Executive Team

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Jonathan Schooler

Director

Dr. Schooler joined the faculty at UCSB as a Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences in 2007. He has authored over 200 scientific publications with over 19,000 total citations. His research has been supported by more than a dozen governmental agencies and private foundations. He teaches courses in Mindfulness, Cognitive Psychology, Memory, and Consciousness.

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Michael Mrazek

Director of Research at CMHP, UC Santa Barbara
Research Affiliate, UT Austin

Michael’s research identifies the best ways to help teens focus their minds and manage their emotions so they can succeed in school. He also tests the limits of how much a person can improve through intensive evidence-based training programs that target health, mindfulness, and self-control. His research has been featured widely in international press, and he is the author of Presence of Mind: A Practical Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation. 

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Alissa Mrazek

Assistant Research Professor at UT Austin
After conducting a 4.5-year post-doctoral fellowship at UCSB where she co-created Finding Focus with the CMHP team, Alissa accepted a faculty position in the Psychology Department at UT Austin. Her Applied Psychology Lab continues to collaborate closely with CMHP. Alissa’s research program seeks to develop psychological interventions that enhance self-regulation and to rigorously evaluate their efficacy and underlying mechanisms. She is passionate about teaching courses on various topics including positive psychology, health psychology, self-regulation, and mindfulness. Alissa completed her BA at Cornell University in 2010 and her Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 2016. Alissa is also a co-author of Presence of Mind: A Practical Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation.

Researchers, Staff, & Collaborators

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Chelsea Brown

Research Associate

Chelsea earned her B.M. in Music Therapy at University of the Pacific in 2014. Her past research projects as a research fellow at UCLA children’s hospital and Dignity Health have been on nonpharmacological interventions for anxiety & stress in medical populations. She plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology to research the impact of creativity and mindfulness interventions on stress and anxiety.

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Peter Carr

Lead Engineer

Peter is a software engineer primarily focused on crafting a scalable and complete frontend experience. As a core full-stack engineer, he has helped take several tech startups to successful acquisitions. Pete now focuses on creating user-friendly and scalable applications that are performant across mobile and web devices.

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Alex Delegard

Lead Software Architect

Alex is a full-stack software engineer with a passion for all aspects of development. He has expertise in both NodeJS and React, and he has spent the last few years successfully scaling up a health and wellness company to 20+ million users.

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Rosie Ji

UX Designer
Research Associate

Rosie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Design and Global Health. Her interests in positive psychology and design brought her to Finding Focus, where she works as a UX designer. To further her design and research skills, she plans to pursue graduate education in Human-Computer Interaction.

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Sana Karimi

Director of School Partnerships
Research Associate

Sana graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Social Services, Sociology, and a minor in Psychology. As an undergrad, she worked as a research assistant at the School of Education studying classroom variables related to learning in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has also served in a number of social and mental health settings. At UCSB, Sana works as the teacher liaison to offer support and maintain connections with teachers.

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Ari Kirk

Video and Motion Graphics Editor

Ari is an expert video and motion graphics editor with a unique style that blends contemporary viewer engagement strategies with best practices from educational psychology. She creates fluid and attention grabbing videos that stimulate effective learning. Ari is the founder of Visionari Media LLC, an organization dedicated to the production of exceptional visual media for education, business, and entertainment applications. Her media content has reached audiences exceeding 50 million viewers.

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Josh Ortega

Director of Partnerships
Research Associate

Josh earned his B.A. in Economics from Pepperdine University. His interest in mindfulness and positive psychology brought him to CMHP, where he assists with the continued development, evaluation, and dissemination of Finding Focus. As the Director of Partnerships, he also builds relationships with education leaders to spread awareness about Finding Focus and the science behind it.

Board of Advisors


Richard Mayer
Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB

Andrew Maul
Associate Professor, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB

Steve Cole
Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

Michael Furlong
Professor, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB

Shelly Gable
Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB

Barry Giesbrecht
Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB

Scott Grafton
Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB

Shane Jimerson
Professor, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, UCSB

Art Kramer
Director, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology, U of IL Urbana-Champagne

Brenda Major
Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB

George Michaels
Executive Director, Instructional Development, UCSB

Mark Shishim
Director, Academic Initiatives, UCSB