Susan Smalley

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Founding Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles

Susan Smalley

Dr. Susan Smalley’s work as a scientist included seminal studies on the genetics of autism and ADHD and research on mindfulness as a key to well-being. She founded the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center to bring practices of mindfulness to the public through research and education. Her work includes writing on topics of well-being and mindfulness and working philanthropically to end gender inequality. As a board member of Equality Now, she works to see laws changed to give women and girls equal rights everywhere. As Chair of Cell-Ed, an organization she co-founded, she helps assure that all women have access to education.

“The greatest force against inequality is a self-awareness of our interdependent and changing nature.”