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I am a neurobiologist, psychologist, and cognitive scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, where I have taught since 1991.  Between 1990 and 2000, I also worked as a clinical psychologist in the treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.  I have doctorates in molecular biology and biophysics from the California Institute of Technology and in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. Since 2004, I have been teaching neuroscience to Tibetan monks and nuns in India (and most recently, Bhutan and Nepal), part of a contemporary dialogue between science and spirituality initiated by the Dalai Lama. My areas of expertise include human neurobiology and neurochemistry, the effects of drugs on the brain and the mind, the treatment of addiction, and the scientific study of mind and consciousness.

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University of California, Berkeley, Affiliations:
  Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Program in Cognitive Science
      Department of Psychology
        Berkeley Food Institute
          UCB Academic Senate: Student Affairs Committee, Undergraduate Council,
             and Divisional Council (2010 to 2016)
                Bowles Hall Residential College (Board of Directors)