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2024 Annual Emotional Well-Being Investigator Meeting

Date: March 18, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. ET to 12:30 p.m. ET


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The 2024 Annual Emotional Well-Being (EWB) Investigator Meeting took place on March 18, 2024. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) welcomed researchers and the public to attend the livestreamed open session to learn about six research networks and their efforts in advancing the science of EWB and to discuss remaining research gaps and opportunities. In addition, Eric Garland, Ph.D., presented the keynote speech “Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement Builds Emotional Well-Being by Restructuring Reward, Meaning, and Self.” 

This meeting was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Learn about the six EWB research networks

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Agenda for the Open Session

(All times ET)

10:00–10:15 a.m. | Welcome

  • Dr. Helene M. Langevin, Director, NCCIH
  • Dr. Amy Kelley, Deputy Director, NIA
  • Dr. Alison Cernich, Deputy Director, NICHD

10:15–10:25 a.m. | Emotional Well-Being Initiative Overview and Accomplishments  

  • Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director, Division of Extramural Research, NCCIH 

10:25–11:25 a.m. | Emotional Well-Being Network Showcase

Moderator: Dr. Erin Burke Quinlan, Program Director, NCCIH 

  • NCCIH:  
    • Dr. Richard Davidson, Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison (Plasticity of Well-Being) 
    • Dr. Crystal Park, Professor, University of Connecticut (Mechanisms of Mind-Body Interventions and Measurement of Well-Being) 
    • Dr. Maria Pisu, Professor, University of Alabama (Emotional Well-Being and Economic Burden) 
  • NIA:  
    • Dr. Elissa Epel, Professor, University of California, San Francisco (Advancing Psychosocial and Biobehavioral Approaches To Improve Emotional Well-Being) 
    • Dr. Feng Vankee Lin, Professor, Stanford University (Network for Emotional Well-Being and Brain Aging) 
  • NICHD:  
    • Dr. Lisa Prosser, Professor, University of Michigan (Family Well-Being Research Network) 

11:25–11:45 a.m. | Q&A Session 

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Keynote Speaker Presentation

  • Dr. Eric Garland, Professor, University of Utah
    Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement Builds Emotional Well-Being by Restructuring Reward, Meaning, and Self

If you are an individual with a disability who needs reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the NCCIH Clearinghouse at by March 7.