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I am a lecturer in Psychology in Education and I investigate the core neurocognitive mechanisms underlying well-being of children and adolescents. I examine modulations in these mechanisms by contemplative practices developing mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and other healthy qualities of the mind. I am particularly interested in neurodevelopmental trajectories of existential well-being linked to meaning and purpose in life. This research aims to contribute to broader understanding of changes in the mind and brain associated with well-being across the lifespan with implications for education. In my research I apply an integrative multi-method approach with primary focus on converging evidence from event-related brain potentials, psychophysiological markers, reaction time measures and self-report/informant report questionnaires.
I have joined the Department of Education in 2018 and prior to that I was a lecturer at Bangor University. I have received my PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science (Cognitive Neural Systems Program) from the University of Arizona and have two master’s degrees, one in clinical psychology (Comenius University) and the other in cognitive psychology and cognitive science (University of Arizona). I have also studied philosophy of science and philosophy of mind at doctorate level. I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bristol and Bangor University.
I am currently developing new comprehensive measures of well-being for children, adolescents and adults with the aim to assess the underlying psychological and cognitive mechanisms of well-being. I am also developing new longitudinal research projects that will evaluate well-being related neurocognitive trajectories of metacognitive self-regulation and existential well-being/existential awareness in children and adolescents from a developmental perspective in the context of education.
I have received funding in support of my research and impact work from the British Academy, The Mind & Life Institute, the ESRC and a Fulbright Fellowship.
I am a collaborator of the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR). I also collaborate with researchers in the UK, USA, Germany, Chile and the Czech Republic. My lab hosted visiting researchers from Brazil, Italy, Germany, China and the Czech Republic.
I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the area of Developmental Neuroscience of Well-being and Developmental Contemplative Psychology and Neuroscience in the context of education. If you are interested in the following topics, please contact me to discuss PhD supervision options further:
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I have so far supervised to completion over 55 master’s thesis projects, two PhD theses and one DClin thesis. Two additional PhD students are currently completing their thesis projects under my supervision.
I am a member of The Society for Psychophysiological Research, Cognitive Neuroscience Society and Association for Psychological Science.
I am an associate editor for Mindfulness (Springer) and an academic editor for PLOS One.
Dorjee, D. (2018, February). The Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Mindfulness. Invited talk delivered to the Mindfulness Society, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK.
Dorjee, D. (2017, November). Integrating first-, second- and third-person perspectives of the self-construal in contemplative science research: Implications for education. Invited workshop at the Inaugural Educere Network Meeting. Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford University, UK.
Dorjee, D. & Silverton, S. (2017, October). Mindfulness-based well-being programs in Welsh primary schools. Invited talk at the Welsh Public Health Conference. Newport, Wales, UK.
Dorjee, D. (2016, January). Mindfulness and the Developing Brain. Invited talk and workshop presented at the Mindfulness in Schools Conference. London, UK.
Dorjee, D. (2015, October). Mechanisms of Mindfulness: Lessons from electrophysiology. Department of Psychology, City University, London, UK.
Dorjee, D. (2015, June). Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Mindfulness. Invited talk to the Scottish Mindfulness Research Community, Department of General Practice, Glasgow University, Glasgow, UK.