Our faculty is composed of leading Buddhist scholars, world-class meditation teachers, pioneering mindfulness researchers and renowned clinicians.

We are a diverse group of people dedicated to helping others find meaning, purpose, community, and transformation of self and the world-at-large. Our faculty deeply embody Nalanda Institute’s mission to cultivate an open mind, warm heart and altruistic way of being.

Program Directors

Mar Aige, BFA, MA
Co-Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in Spanish & Portuguese

Elazar Aslan, MBA, CPC
Director, Boundless Leadership
Core Faculty Boundless Leadership

Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT
Director, Compassion-Based Resilience Training
Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Embodiment Year: Psychotherapy

Chantelle Brown, MSW, LMSW
Co-Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program: Embodiment Year: Psychosocial Change

Daniel Donohue, MA
Director of Marketing and Operations

Rahshaana Green, MBA, PMP, RYT
Director of Equity and Contemplative Psychotherapy
Co-Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Live Learning
Co-Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Blended Learning
Co-Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program: Embodiment Year: Psychosocial Change

Diego Hangartner, PhD, PCC
Co-Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Blended Learning

Pilar Hurtado, MD
Co-Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in Spanish & Portuguese

Geri Loizzo
Director of Programs and Community Engagement

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD
Founder and Academic Director, Nalanda Institute
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Cornell University

Support Staff

Diane Bertolo

Tom Damrauer
Information Technology

Ayesha Basi
Marketing Support

Board of Directors

Elazar Aslan, MBA, CPC, Acting Treasurer
CEO, Caterfly Solutions

Doris Chang, PhD
Associate Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work and a research scientist at the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Mary Charlson, MD
Professor and Chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research, Weill Cornell Medical College

Tom Damrauer, MLS (Ex-Officio)
Information Specialist

Jennifer DuBrul

Pablo J. Farias, MD, Vice Chairperson
Lecturer, Harvard Medical School

Randy Glatt

Geri Loizzo
Director of Programming, Nalanda Institute

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, Chairperson
Academic Director

Elizabeth Rovere PsyD,
Clinical Psychologist

Board of Advisors

Ryüichi Abé, MPhil, PhD
Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Harvard University

Leslie Blackhall, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia

Paul Fulton, EdD
Co-founder and Course Director, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

Phillip Glass
Composer and Vice President, Tibet House US

Daniel Goleman, PhD
Health Psychologist and Writer

Edward Kenny, MD
Supervising and Training Analyst, Columbia University Psychoanalytic Institute

Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc
Founder and Director, The Ayurvedic Institute

Mary C. Pearl, PhD
Dean, CUNY Macaulay Honors College

Kenneth Porter, MD

Lobsang Rapgay, PhD
Director of Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Program, Semel Institute, UCLA

Sharon Salzberg
Author and Co-founder, Insight Meditation Society

Dan Siegel, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA, Founding Co-Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center

Robert Thurman, PhD
Former Je Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University and President, Tibet House US

Sander Tideman, PhD
Senior Research Associate, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Managing Director of Garrison Institute  Europe