Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Kristin Neff, PhD, is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book "Self-Compassion," released by William Morrow in 2011. Kristin’s work has received extensive media coverage, including in the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Scientific American, and Psychology Today. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide. Information on self-compassion - including videos, guided meditations, exercises, research articles, and a scale to measure self-compassion – is available at

Kristin received her doctorate in Human Development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology Dept. at the University of Texas at Austin.

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