Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing, adjunct faculty in UVa Department of Religious Studies, and the “Health and Well-being” representative for the executive committee of the UVa Contemplative Sciences Center. Her teaching and research focus on contemplative approaches to foster resiliency in health care and higher education. She is a Fellow and on the Research Advisory Council of the Mind & Life Institute, the board of advisors of Mindful magazine, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. Besides many academic publications, she is the author a book for the lay public, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness (New Harbinger, 2011).
John Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, where he co-founded the Collaborative for Contemplative Studies. His work focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, especially in dialog with Cognitive Science. His publications range from technical works on Buddhist epistemology to broader works on the nature of Buddhist contemplative practices such as Mindfulness. He is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, a formal advisor to the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and an academic advisor for the Ranjung Yeshe Institute.