Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.

Richard DavidsonRichard J. Davidson, Ph.D., is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazinein 2006, Davidson is co-author (with Sharon Begley) of the New York Times Best Seller, The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Penguin, 2012) and founding co-editor of the new American Psychological Association journal EMOTION. He is the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award, a MERIT Award from NIMH, an Established Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD, the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society, and the Hilldale Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984.