Al Genkai Kaszniak

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Title Sensei
Organization Upaya Sangha of Tucson


Al Genkai Kaszniak received denbo from Roshi Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot of Upaya Zen Center (Santa Fe, NM) , in 2010. He serves as sensei of the Upaya Sangha of Tucson, an affiliate of Upaya Zen Center. Al also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Upaya Zen Center. Al’s Ph.D. was received in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Illinois in 1976, and he completed an internship and postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. He is currently Director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium Education Core, Director of the Neuropsychology, Emotion, and Meditation Laboratory, Faculty and Advisory Board member of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, and a professor in the departments of Psychology, Neurology, and Psychiatry at The University of Arizona (UA). Al also presently serves as Chief Academic Officer for the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to dialog and collaboration between science and contemplative traditions. He formerly served as Head of the Psychology Department, and as Director of the UA Center for Consciousness Studies, and Chaired the Steering Committee for the inaugural International Symposia for Contemplative Studies (April, 2012, Denver, CO). Al is the co-author or editor of seven books, including the three-volume Toward a Science of Consciousness (MIT Press), and Emotions, Qualia, and Consciousness (World Scientific). His research, published in over 155 journal articles and scholarly book chapters, has been supported by grants from the U.S. National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, and National Science Foundation, as well as several private foundations and institutes. He previously served as President of the Section on Clinical Geropsychology, Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA), is a fellow of the APA, and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).


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