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January 15, 2022

Fellowship Forum: The Emerging Research Symposium

The Emerging Research Symposium is built upon the pillars of the Garrison Institute Fellowship. These pillars include, awareness-based contemplative wisdom, the science of interconnection, generative action, and collective healing. 

This interactive event is about creating an exploratory space that encourages scientists to lean into the future of their research. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we have invited emerging researchers and scientists in their respective fields to this conversation. We invite you join us as they lean into the science of interconnection and generative action. 

Speakers will share insight and wisdom around happiness, gratitude, mindfulness, emotions, technology, and altruism. Using the latest research, they will invite participants to explore helpful strategies on how to live a better life, share practices that can facilitate healing and growth. 

Together, using empirical research and engaging inquiry, our speakers seek to deepen our understanding of the realities and obstacles we face, and how to cultivate our unique gifts to enliven and cultivate human flourishing and a thriving planet.

The day will be filled with teachings, practices, inner work and exploration, followed by an insightful Q&A with our researchers. 

This virtual forum will be a live meeting, conducted on Zoom from 12:00 p.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday January 15, 2022. The meeting link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of registration.  Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.


Andrew Villamil, M.A. completed his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Currently, he is a Fellow at the Garrison Institute and a Ph.D. student in the Positive Developmental Psychology Program at The Claremont Colleges. Andrew seeks to understand how we can help people Flourish in their lives and health, Leveraging his experience in Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs), Technology, Meditation, Neuroscience, Flow, and Human Development. He aims to explore the best methods and designs, that bring happiness into our lives. https://www.AtoVPsychology.com

Lisa Walsh, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her B.S. from University of Southern California and her Ph.D. in social/personality psychology from University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses broadly on the who, what, where, when, why and how of happiness. She investigates the architecture of subjective well-being, including its outcomes (e.g., life satisfaction), mechanisms (e.g., social connectedness), moderators (e.g., culture), and downstream consequences (e.g., career success). To explore these questions, she often employs positive activity interventions designed to enhance well-being, such as writing gratitude letters, performing acts of kindness, and engaging in flow activities. https://www.lisacwalsh.com/

Jason Beck PhD. is fascinated with developing what it means to “be human” in organizations for a meaningful workplace experience while also maximizing creative productivity. He studied Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on how mindfulness and the quality of attention impact the leader development process. As a researcher, consultant, and speaker, Jason pulls from unique experiences as a leader development coach, improv comedy performer, musician, and amateur athlete. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jericbeck/


Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the support to create a virtual sanctuary during this time. Your donations help to the expand the Fellowship’s program offerings. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution towards our efforts. Please consider making a donation below.

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