PaulEkmanDr. Paul Ekman, Co-Founder, Western Scientific Lead in Curriculum Development
Dr. Paul Ekman, Professor Emeritus in Psychology at UCSF, is the researcher and author best known for furthering our understanding of nonverbal behavior, encompassing facial expressions and gestures. In addition to his own distinguished academic career, Ekman has authored more than 100 published articles and holds several honorary doctoral degrees. A pre-eminent psychologist and co-discoverer of micro expressions with Friesen, Haggard and Isaacs, Ekman was named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th Century, and TIME Magazine (2009) hailed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2014, Dr. Ekman was ranked fifteenth among the most influential psychologists of the 21st century by Archives of Scientific


alanpicDr. B. Alan Wallace, Co-Founder, Contemplative Science Lead in Curriculum Development and Teacher Trainer of Contemplative Content
Dr. B. Alan Wallace, the Santa Barbara Institute’s founder and president, combines an extensive background in contemplative practice with equally rigorous academic and scientific training.  Alan has been teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation since 1976 and is one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism and its relation to modern science. From 1971 to 1984, he immersed himself in Tibetan Buddhist studies, first in Dharamsala, India, and then in Switzerland under the tutelage of the eminent scholar Geshe Rabten. After devoting fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. He is responsible for developing and integrating the meditation training in Cultivating Emotional Balance. He is the president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Chairman of the Thanyapura Mind Centre.

He is the author of numerous books including Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity; The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind; Genuine Happiness: Meditation as a Path to Fulfillment, and The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating a Boundless HeartWebsite:

Ekmanphoto.edit_ (1)Dr. Eve Ekman, Teacher Trainer of Western Emotion Science Content, Leading Adaptations of CEB-based programs
Eve Ekman’s research is inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency room of San Francisco General Hospital, coupled with her training in Cultivating Emotional Balance.  Eve received her Ph.D in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 2014. Her dissertation case study focused on juvenile detention center guards and the relationship between meaning in work, burnout, and empathy. She also tailored a CEB-based pilot training to support these workers. Currently at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Eve continues to refine the conceptual framework, research and training around the areas of meaning, empathy and burnout. She is focusing on a population of residents-in-training with a long-term goal of pioneering interpersonal training for medical education to support empathic skills, experience of meaning, and managing burning out. Additionally, Eve’s research interest includes technology that fosters emotion regulation and mindfulness, developing a dynamic measurement for empathy, and assessing the impact of provider empathy on the quality of patient care.