RezvanAmeli, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who completed her graduate studies at Alliant University in San Diego, California. Later, she completed a course of graduate training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and is certified as a cognitive therapist by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr.Ameli has had a distinguished career in the field of mental health and is an experienced and seasoned clinician and teacher, and has been extensively involved with research for the past 27 years. She developed several clinical programs at Hartford Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has held academic positions at Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and Howard University. She has been working at the NIH-NIMH for almost 14 years providing clinical services and research collaborations.
Dr. Ameli’s serious interest in Eastern philosophy, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness began well over a decade ago. After several years of first hand experiences with the power of reflective practices, yoga and mindfulness, and learning from well-known teachers in the field, such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach and others, she began her own classes and teachings. She has provided mindfulness classes to the NIH community since 2008 and received the NIMH Director’s Award for promotion of employee health and productivity through mindfulness. The American Psychological Association (APA) invited her to write a book on the subject which has been published under the title “25 Lessons In Mindfulness: Now Time for Healthy Living” in 2013.
Dr. Ameli is the mother of two children, Leila and Malek, and lives in Maryland.