Specialist in the study and practice of compassion
Monica Hanson is founding faculty of the Compassion Institute and teaches, and trains others to teach, the Compassion Cultivation Training program developed by Stanford University School of Medicine. A senior teacher at Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), she focuses on compassion as a choice and a core value, compassion-led change, and compassion with difficult others.
Monica has taught meditation to corporate and healthcare professionals, teachers, families, and people experiencing chronic pain and stress. She is trained in mindfulness, nonviolent communication, and therapeutic yoga from Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Center.
Monica contributed to the development of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Teacher Training certification program in 2011, and in 2013 she led a research study for Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, looking at the effects of compassion training, chronic pain, and the impact on significant others. In 2017, she began a collaborative effort to identify and exchange emerging best practices in teaching compassion.