As a distinguished mind in the field of mental health and the neurological effects of meditation, Richard J Davidson's keynotes speak on the topics of human emotion and the mind. As a current Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Davidson has led an impressive career.
Receiving his Bachelor of Arts from NYU in 1972, Davidson went on to get his PhD from Harvard in 1976. Since then he has held teaching positions at the State University of New York at Purchase and the University of Wisconsin Madison. At the University of Wisconsin Madison he holds the post of Director for the Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Center fro Investigating Healthy Minds.
Davidson's research has been critical to the field of mental health and human emotion -- especially in the areas of anxiety and depression. From his friendship with the 14th Dalai Lama, his work has often revolved around meditation and the neurological effects of the practice.
The American Psychological Association awarded Davidson in 2000 with the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for Lifetime Achievement. Davidson was also presented with the honor of being one of Time Magazine's most influential people in 2006.