Team

Jonathan Schooler

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.

Michael Mrazek

Michael Mrazek

Director of Research

Michael’s research identifies innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of mindfulness training, particularly in high schools. 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, appearing in dozens of outlets including the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, Forbes, and Men's Health.

Alissa Mrazek

Alissa Mrazek

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Alissa earned her BA from Cornell and her Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern. Her research focuses on interventions promoting mindfulness, self-regulation, and adaptive mindsets. She’s certified as a teaching consultant from the Northwestern Searle Center for Advanced Learning and Teaching, and she has extensive experience teaching self-regulation and compassion in academic courses as well as retreats.

Peter Carr

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.

Sid Zagri

Sid Zagri

Development & Community Outreach

Sid Zagri has been involved in business development over the past 30 years for both for profit and not for profit ventures. This includes organizations that are focused on child empowerment as well as businesses in the information technology industry. Sid knows first hand the power of mindfulness by virtue of his training and teaching martial arts for the past 25 years. He's passionate about bringing mindfulness to teachers and students around the globe by supporting development and community outreach for CMHP.

Casey Cherolini

Casey Cherolini

Post-Bac

Casey earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2018. After working in vocational, social, and counseling psychology labs, she joined CMHP as a Post-Bac to assist with the Mindful Education Initiative. She is interested in researching mindfulness-based interventions, the assessment of mindfulness, and the effects mindfulness has on goal achievement and life satisfaction.

David Cynman

David Cynman

Post-Bac

Graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Jewish Studies and pre-medicine coursework, David employs an equally informed anthropological and empirical lens to his work. His private sector experience in digital mental health spans from UX design to CBT coaching for depression. David is excited to continue his work at the intersection of technology and mental health with CMHP.

Lefeba Gougis

Lefeba Gougis

Post-Bac

Lefeba received his B.A. in Psychology and minor in Applied Psychology from UCSB in 2018. During undergrad, he worked in the Social Cognitive Development lab and conducted his own research on the ways that children attribute meaning to racial categories. As a post-bac, he is now assisting with the Mindful Education Initiative. He is interested in exploring the clinical applications of meditative practice and mindful attention.

Jordan Reese

Jordan Reese

Post-Bac

Jordan earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Graphic Design from the University of Michigan in 2018. While in Michigan, she worked at the Bio-Social Methods Collaborative to study psychological well-being and physiological response. She is now a Post-Bac at CMHP and contributes to research and design for the Mindful Education Initiative. She plans to earn a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology and is interested in mindfulness and meditation interventions, mental health in teens and young adults, and the effects of social media on mental health.

Board of Advisors


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

Our Story

We are a rapidly growing team on a mission to integrate the best science and technology to improve the lives of students around the world. The Center for Mindfulness & Human Potential was founded in 2016 by Jonathan Schooler, Michael Mrazek, and Dawa Phillips.  With the generous support of the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Shao Family Charitable Trust, we are making and sharing discoveries about how to teach mindfulness most effectively to youth. The discoveries we make will culminate in a scalable online mindfulness training program that is systematically and continuously refined through empirical research with thousands of diverse high school students. If you would like to get involved in any way, please don't hesitate to reach out to cmhp@psych.ucsb.edu.