Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, is the president of the Mind & Life Institute, a non-profit organization with global reach based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mind & Life was co-founded 30 years ago by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and serves as the primary convener, catalyst and community builder for the interdisciplinary field of contemplative sciences.
Susan began her career as a registered nurse caring for individuals with cancer and mental illness and those facing the end of life, followed by doctoral and post-doctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology and psycho-oncology. She has had a productive academic and leadership career studying and teaching mindfulness and compassion practices in health care and higher education at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts.
Susan has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and leading retreats and workshops for over 20 years, and is the author of the book, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness.