Shauna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, graduating summa cum laude. She received her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology (1998), and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology (2001) from the University of Arizona. She conducted her postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (2002 – 2003). In addition to her formal education, she has received extensive professional training in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (2002) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (1997, 1999, 2000), and studied mindfulness meditation in monasteries in Nepal and Thailand.
Shauna is a tenured professor at Santa Clara University’s graduate department of counseling psychology (2003 – present) and is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education. Shauna has also held faculty positions at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (2008 – present) and the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical Center (2000 – 2004).
Shauna’s research and clinical work focuses on the application of mindfulness to developing greater health and well-being. Her work has addressed the effects of mindfulness on the individual as well as its implications at a global level. Shauna’s extensive clinical research has investigated the effects of mindfulness training across a wide array of populations, examining the impact of mindfulness in medicine, psychology, education, business and law.
Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness training programs internationally and has been invited to present for the King of Thailand, the Danish Government Centre for Development of Human Resources, Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine program, and the World Council for Psychotherapy, Beijing, China. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and is co-author of the critically acclaimed text, The Art and Science of Mindfulness and the forthcoming text, Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to raising an emotionally intelligent child. Dr. Shapiro’s work has been featured in WIRED, USA TODAY, Oxygen, Yoga Journal and American Psychologist.