Ronald D. Siegel

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for more than 35 years. He is a longtime student of mindfulness meditation, serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, teaches internationally, and maintains a private clinical practice. Dr. Siegel is coauthor of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain; author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; and coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.


  • How Mindfulness Works

    Our hard-wired tendency to avoid pain actually causes much of our suffering, says Ronald D. Siegel, professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. To counteract avoidance, he recommends the practice of mindfulness.