Mindful Life, Mindful Work's Research Team

MLMW's research team has been chosen based primarily on three considerations: 1) their dedication to rigorous research methods; 2) their professional competency, including their organizational skills and their ability to simplify complex processes and constructs; and 3) their personal commitment to practicing and supporting others with self-awareness disciplines. Our research team members also share a personal desire to contribute to work that helps make the world a better place for the greatest number of stakeholders.

Biographies and member roles can be viewed below.

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RESEARCH LEAD
RESEARCH LEAD

Rhett Roberson is an organizational psychology graduate student based in Springfield, MO. Having spent several years meditating, practicing mindfulness, and applying these skills to a corporate career in logistics consulting, he was then called to dive deeper into the organizational applications of mindfulness practice. As is too often the case, several negative organizational experiences inspired his deep interest in mindfulness and happiness research. With an acceptance of the necessity of hours spent in office environments, Rhett took to soul-searching in order to find balance within his own spiritual and corporate sides. As part of his efforts, and following a life changing trip to India in which he took the Bodhisattva vow with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, Rhett's professional interests found renewed focus in the form of making corporate life more sustainable and satisfying for all involved. He thus enrolled in mindfulness teacher training with his current teacher and also began a master's degree in organizational psychology. Currently, Rhett is completing a capstone project focused on applying eastern philosophy, specifically Buddhist-based principles and mindfulness with an eye towards non-dogmatic and matter-of-fact applications, to the furthering of western organizational management practices. In his free time, Rhett serves on the board of the Ozarks Dharma Community, leads online meditation classes, enjoys playing music, loves reading Dharma teachings, and regularly enjoys a good mindful motorcycle ride in nature.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Estefanía Hurtado Jiménez is an existential-humanistic psychologist passionate about supporting personal and organizational transformational processes. As a practicing professional, Estefanía has consistently sought to cultivate personal presence while on her learning path, and that focus has resulted in the discovery that self-knowledge and good relationships are the foundations of a happy and meaningful life. With experience in the organizational, social and clinical fields, Estefanía has participated in various interdisciplinary teams and design processes in the areas of talent management, leadership development, and people-centered social services. She has experienced firsthand that meaningful, service-based work is an important vehicle to achieving our personal actualization and real fulfillment. In addition to working as a researcher, Estefanía takes great pleasure in her clinical practice, giving public workshops, speaking at conferences, and participating in solution design processes of various types. In all of her professional endeavors, she works to help people rediscover and reconnect with themselves in order to have more meaning, clarity, and freedom in their lives. Estefanía currently lives in Medellín, Colombia with her cat "Niña”, and she enjoys time in nature, various social service activities, and the joy she feels in the presence of children. She's also been known to say, “My spiritual connection through meditation, yoga, and different presence practices has given my life a special magic."

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Daniel Lucio is a wellbeing coach, consultant, and meditation instructor. Daniel's coaching practice began in 2010, when he founded the Radiant, a somatic therapy and integrative wellness studio in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on corporate wellbeing, and the role of mindfulness practice as a tool for self-efficacy and self-care in the global shift to work-from-home.

     Daniel has consulted on projects in the fields of organizational development, strategic human capital, and is currently working on a diversity and inclusion initiative with Microsoft. He often works with executive leadership on fulfillment, habit formation, and expanding client-vision via systemic thinking. A lifelong meditator, Daniel holds a graduate degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University. His meditation training is rooted in the traditions of Zen Buddhism and Tibetan somatic practice. In addition to mindfulness practice, Daniel's work has been informed by the practices of Body-Mind Centering, certification as a somatic bodyworker, and as a personal trainer. Daniel uses a combination of contemplative practice and expansive thinking to assist in transformations at both the personal and organizational levels.


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