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Reconnecting With Spirit: Lisa Miller, PhD On What Neuroscience Says About Spirituality

October 05, 2022 Nico Barraza
Starve the Ego Feed the Soul
Reconnecting With Spirit: Lisa Miller, PhD On What Neuroscience Says About Spirituality
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Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spiritual Child and a professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the Founder and Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program and research institute in spirituality and psychology, and has held over a decade of joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical School. Her innovative research has been published in more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including Cerebral Cortex, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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“Lisa Miller is the leading psychologist of her generation on the benefits of religion and spirituality. She asks ‘What makes life worth living?’ and finds evidence-based answers.”

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