Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA

Dr. Smalley, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, conducted seminal studies on the genetics of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and autism. In 2004, she founded the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA ( to bring mindfulness practices to the general public through research and education. She continues to advise and teach at MARC while devoting time to writing and working to promote a kinder more equitable world through philanthropic efforts.

Her book, Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness, with co-author Diana Winston is widely praised for its elegant yet easy to read integration of scientific knowledge and first person experiences of mindfulness (Da Capo publishing, 2009)

She is married to Kevin Wall and they have three grown children, Patrick, Timmy, and Kelly.

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