Peter Grossenbacher | 303-245-4663

Chair, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Department | Professor in Contemplative Psychology


MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling
BA in Psychology


PhD Experimental Psychology, University of Oregon
MS Experimental Psychology, University of Oregon
BA Cognitive Science and Mathematics, University of California Berkeley

From the heart

East and West meeting,
each of us sparks another,
no telling what's next.


  • 2002 Naropa University President's Award
  • 1985 Graduation with Honors, University of California
  • 1984 University of California President's Fellowship

Recent publications

  • Grossenbacher, P.G., & Rossi, A.J. (2014). A Contemplative Approach to Teaching Observation Skills. The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 1(1), 23-34.

  • Burggraf, S.A., & Grossenbacher, P.G. (2007).  Contemplative modes of inquiry in liberal arts. Liberal Arts Online, 7(4), 1-9.

  • Grossenbacher, P.G., & Parkin, S.S. (2006).  Joining hearts and minds: A contemplative approach to holistic education in psychology.  Journal of College and Character, 7(6).

  • Grossenbacher, P.G. (Ed.). (2001). Finding consciousness in the brain: A neurocognitive approach.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Research activity

I direct a program of empirical, scientific research on meditation that focuses on the teaching of contemplative practices as well as practitioners' development of compassion, engagement with awareness, and personal worldview transformation. 

Courses taught

  • Buddhist Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Perception
  • Research Practicum
  • Statistics and Research Methods

Areas of Specialization

  • Meditation and the Brain
  • Contemplative Education
  • Teaching Contemplative Practice