Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and Zen priest. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done. The Study tracked the lives of 724 men for over 85 years and now studies their Baby Boomer children to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing in adulthood. He directs a teaching program in psychotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and he writes about what science can teach us about healthy human development. He is Founding Director of the Lifespan Research Foundation, dedicated to bringing the insights of lifespan research to the public. Dr. Waldinger is also a Zen teacher (roshi) and teaches meditation both in the US and internationally. His TED talk on lessons from the Harvard Study has had over 44 million views and is one of the 10 most viewed TED talks of all time.
Director, Harvard Study of Adult Development, MGH;
Professor of Psychiatry, HMS
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