Faculty and Staff
Peter Grossenbacher, Associate Professor, Consciousness Lab Director
BA, University of California, Berkeley, Cognitive Science and Mathematics MS, University of Oregon, Experimental Psychology PhD, University of Oregon, Experimental Psychology
Peter Grossenbacher teaches courses in Perception, Neuroscience, Mindfulness Meditation, Cognitive Psychology, Personality, and Research Methods. Before joining Naropa’s core faculty in 2000, he conducted research on human attention at the National Institute of Mental Health, and taught at the University of Oregon, England's University of Cambridge, and American University in Washington, DC. In collaboration with students in Naropa’s Consciousness Laboratory, he conducts empirical research on meditation instruction, worldview transformation, and engagement with awareness. His research has been covered in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Discover Magazine. A practitioner of meditation since 1980, Peter speaks internationally on contemplative education, synesthesia, meditation, and the brain.
Shing-Jiuan Liau, Visiting Scholar
BS, Applied Psychology, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan MA, Somatic Psychology: Dance Movement Therapy, Naropa University
Shing-Jiuan Liau conducts empirical research on contemplative practice instruction in collaboration with Peter Grossenbacher. One study within this research project focuses on the influences of Taiji and Qigong practices. Shing-Jiuan has investigated integration of body, mind and spirit since 1989. In particular, she has focused on how philosophies and contemplative practices from East and West foster greater capacities for love, compassion and healing. Her master’s thesis used Tai Chi and Authentic Movement to teach people under great stress to strengthen core support, which resulted in gaining hope. Shing-Jiuan has taught Yoga in Taipei, Taiwan and now teaches Tai Chi in Boulder at Bohua Chinese School and assists in the instruction at Gu Feng Tai Chi Club. Having practiced meditation and Tai Chi for many years, she has been a Visiting Scholar at Naropa University since April, 2007.