Dr. Karen Dobkins got her PhD in Neurosciences and is now a professor in the Psychology Department at UC San Diego. She is also the mother of three teenagers. Although her main area of research study has been infant and child development (including children with Autism), her most recent research passion is in the area of mindfulness and mental well-being. Outside the world of research, she enjoys blending Mindfulness with her expertise in Psychology/Neuroscience to create workshops and environments aimed at improving well-being. In addition to teaching an exercise class called “IntenSati” that blends high intensity aerobics with call and response positive affirmations, she loves to give inspirational talks, including two recent Tedx talks “The Space between Kansas and Oz” and “If Passion Weren’t Scary it wouldn’t be Passion”.