Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and her most recent book, Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her 2014 anthology on mindfulness, the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, incorporates the integrative work of leading researchers from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation.
In a 2016 anthology, Critical Mindfulness, contributors use the principles of Langerian mindfulness to inform self-understanding and relationships and basic and complex forms of cognitive engagement. Her current book, The Art of Noticing, features her paintings and one-liners — wisdom culled from forty years of original research.
Dr. Langer has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, the Staats award for Unifying Psychology, and most recently, the Liberty Science Center’s Genius Award.
The citation for the APA distinguished contributions award reads, in part, “…her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior…and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.”
Dr. Langer has been a guest speaker all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong and China. Her websites can be found at www.langermindfulnessinstitute.com and www.ellenlanger.com.
She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.