Team

NAZARETH CASTELLANOS

Nazareth Castellanos MSc. degree in Physics (Theoretical Physics) and PhD in Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Master in Mathematics applied to Biology and Master in Neuroscience at Medicine School (UAM). She has worked as a researcher and teacher in the cognitive and computational neuroscience laboratory of the CTB (Complutense and Polytechnic University of Madrid), in the Max Planck for Brain Research in Frankfurt and in Kings College in London. She has published about 40 articles in international scientific journals of recognized impact and collaborations in university books, has directed two theses and taught at Spanish, German, English and United States universities. She has worked in more than 20 national and international research projects, being a principal researcher in 5 of them.


GUSTAVO DIEX

Gustavo Diex Director of Nirakara Institute, MSc. degree in Physics (Theoretical Physics). Master in Neuroscience (UAB). TDI at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. Co-director of the MBSR (Mindfulness based Stress Reduction) of the Complutense University of Madrid and Co-Director of the University Expert EUMCS (Mindfulness in Health Contexts). Researcher and teacher of Interventions based on Mindfulness.


SILVIA FERNÁNDEZ

Silvia Fernández PhD in Social Psychology at The New School for Social Research in New York. Certified instructor in Compassion Cultivation at Stanford University, CCARE (California). Director at Nirakara Institute (Madrid) of the program Accompanying the Dying, which focuses on training professionals in palliative care. She specialized in accompaniment in the dying process with world-renowned masters such as Frank Ostaseski and Joan Halifax. Her research explores death through cultures (trailer for his documentary on death in India: http://vimeo.com/30427997), empathy, compassion and the benefits of mindfulness in oncological contexts. She has taught social psychology and training in empathy and emotional regulation in American universities such as The New School, CUNY and Columbia University and in NGOs like The International Justice Project. She currently teaches mindfulness programs to people with brain tumors at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Madrid.


GONZALO BRITO

Gonzalo Brito Gonzalo Brito is a Clinical Psychologist by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and PhD in Psychology (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, United States). He studied at the Center for Research and Education in Compassion and Altruism at Stanford University (CCARE), and is currently Director of the International Instructor Training of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program for Spanish-speaking countries in collaboration with Nirakara and the Compassion Institute. Gonzalo has completed a Post-Graduate Certificate at the University of Derby, UK, in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), under the supervision of Paul Gilbert. He is co-author of the books “Full Presence” and “Mindfulness and Emotional Balance”. His website, cultivarlamente.com, created in 2012, is a reference in terms of content and resources on compassion.


PABLO ROCA

Pablo Roca Degree in Psychology (Complutense University of Madrid, UCM). Master in General Health Psychology. Teaching staff-Researcher in training at the UCM with a UCM-Harvard predoctoral fellowship. He has worked as a psychologist in the hospital environment and as a researcher in various groups of the Universidad Complutense. He also serves as a data analysis advisor for other universities. He is currently part of the INVENTAP research group (Research in Psychopathology of Affective and Psychotic Disorders). As a researcher his work focuses on studying the relationship between cognition, emotion and corporality from an experimental perspective, analyzing the relationship between cognitive biases, emotional regulation mechanisms and the Embodied Cognition Theories. In particular, he is very interested in the study of the mechanisms of action that underlie the practice of meditation and its effects on the cognition-emotion-corporality triad. In his clinical practice he specializes in Third Generation Therapies, especially in the use of meditation and compassion in clinical contexts, as well as the use of techniques from positive psychology.


IGNACIO JIMÉNEZ

Ignacio Jiménez MSc. degree in Physics (Theoretical Physics) by the UAM. He started his career within the field of regulated education as Mathematics and Physics High School teacher, and not regulated (Creative Writing, Poetry and Photography) in Arteduna-Escuela de Creación, a cultural center of private management dedicated to personal knowledge and development activities. Subsequently, he worked in the business consultancy firma Gain Dynamics as Project & Presales Manager, designing and developing Business Intelligence & Analytics solutions for the marketing and customer knowledge departments in the financial, insurance, telco and automotive sectors, both in Spain as in Mexico. In 2018 he joins Nirakara, a research and training institute in cognitive sciences, recovering his interest in personal knowledge, within the area of ​​management, organization and support for the institute’s training and research projects.


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