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Simon Goldberg
Core Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology

335 Education Building

1000 Bascom Mall

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI, 53703

Simon is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds. Simon uses tools drawn from psychotherapy research to better understand the therapeutic processes and outcomes of mindfulness and meditation-based interventions. He has collaborated on several randomized trials of contemplative interventions with Center staff and has conducted systematic reviews and meta-analyses of mindfulness-based interventions. He is currently completing a 5-year NIH-funded K23 award focused on the delivery of meditation training through mobile technology.

Simon is also interested in therapist characteristics that relate to patient outcomes in psychotherapy, including interpersonal skills and empathy. Simon has trained clinically in the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system and also conducts research on military veteran mental health. Simon's work has been supported with funding through the Mind & Life Institute, the American Psychological Association's Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29), NIH, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Hope for Depression Research Foundation.


2010 University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Varela Award from Mind & Life (2015); Barnett Psychotherapy Research Award from APA Division 29 (2015); Howard Award from Society for Psychotherapy Research (2015); Canter Education and Training Award from APA Division 29 (2016).


Recent Publications


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

B.A., Sociology, Tufts University


Related Studies

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Educator Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting educators’ lives and whether a mindfulness-based program buffers against the negative effects of stress.

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Evaluating the Healthy Minds Program Application in a Fully Remote Randomized Controlled Trial

Exploring whether meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase access to potentially beneficial practices.

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Large-Scale Analyses of the Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Examining the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions across research literature

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Mindfulness-Based Training and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Examining whether experience with mindfulness-based programs and training is helping people cope with daily stress and mental challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Examining how therapist differences impact client outcomes

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