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Dr. Ellen Langer is an outstanding professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, widely regarded as the “Mother of Mindfulness”.
Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, where she was the first woman to be tenured in the department. She has been described as the "mother of mindfulness" and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Dr. Langer is the founder of The Langer Mindfulness Institute and consults with organizations to foster mindful leadership, innovation, strategy and work/life integration. A passionate and compelling lecturer who presents at organizations worldwide, Dr. Ellen Langer has authored over 200 research articles and six academic books.
Dr. Ellen Langer’s books, written for general and academic readers, include Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, On Becoming An Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most recent book, The Handbook of Mindfulness, is an anthology that brings together the latest multi-disciplinary research on mindfulness.
Dr. Ellen Langer’s work has led to numerous academic honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Distinguished Contributions of Basic Science to Applied Psychology Award of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Award of the American Psychological Association, the James McKeen Cattell Award, and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize.
The citation for the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Contributions reads in part: Dr. Ellen Langer’s pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable; Dr. Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making."
Dr. Ellen Langer is a fellow of The Sloan Foundation, The American Psychological Association, The American Psychological Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and The Society of Experimental Social Psychologists. Her discoveries helped trigger, among other things, the burgeoning positive-psychology movement.