Deanna Kaplan is a Certified CBCT® Instructor, a doctoral student and graduate research assistant in the Department of Psychology, and President of the Arizona Meditation Research Interest Group (AMRIG). Deanna trained as a teacher of CBCT® directly under Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D at Emory University in 2014, following six years of prior study of Vipassana meditation.Through research and teaching, Deanna’s work for the Center for Compassion Studies aims to support the scientific understanding and public accessibility of programming that cultivates mindfulness, compassion and kindness.
Her research currently focuses on the mechanisms of change in health, cognition and social behavior that are associated with meditation and other intentional practices. She is particularly interested in studying these processes from a naturalistic and temporal perspective, as they unfold over the course of daily life. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Deanna worked as a research specialist for the University of Arizona’s Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, where her work focused on the evaluation of programming affecting youth and families. She has also worked for the UA’s College of Education, where she developed and taught a course on Data-Driven Decision Making. Deanna holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Emerson College and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona.