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Laboratory for Lifestyle Medicine


Dr. Mascaro's lab conducts research at the juncture of mind-body science, social connection, and health. They are nearing completion of a large study investigating paternal caregiving, as well as a longitudinal pilot study of compassion meditation for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. They are also conducting research on app-delivered mindfulness meditation programs for diverse populations including Emory Healthcare employees, medical residents, and physician assistant students. Future projects will look at the incorporation of compassion and mindfulness meditation in the hospital setting for pain and distress.

Recent Publications

Jennifer S. Mascaro, Kelly E. Rentscher, Patrick D. Hackett, Matthias R. Mehl, James K. Rilling. (2017) Child Gender Influences Paternal Behavior, Language, and Brain Function. Behavioral Neuroscience, 131, 262-273. [download]

James K Rilling, Jennifer S Mascaro. (2017) The neurobiology of fatherhood. Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, 26-32. [download

Mascaro, J. S., Kelley S., Darcher A., Negi, L. T., Worthman, C., Miller, A., Raison, C. (2016) Meditation Buffers Medical Student Compassion from the Deleterious Effects of Depression. The Journal of Positive Psychology. 1-10 [download]

Mascaro, J. S., Darcher, A., Negi, L. T., Raison, C. (2015) The neural mediators of kindness-based meditation: a theoretical model. Frontiers in Psychology 6: 109. [download]

Mascaro, J. S., Hackett, P. D., & Rilling, J. K. (2014). Differential neural responses to child and sexual stimuli in human fathers and non-fathers and their hormonal correlates. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 46, 153-163. [download]

Recent Grants

Emory University Research Committee

Recent Media

Time: How Dads Treat Their Daughters Differently Than Sons

The Guardian: Fathers pay more attention to toddler daughters than sons, study shows

Greater Good: Can Compassion Training Help Physicians Avoid Burnout?