Ron Vereen is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1992. As an instructor in the Duke Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, he has been teaching mindfulness to others since 1999. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock, and has completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. His principal teacher is Rodney Smith. He has also studied extensively with Shinzen Young, and more recently, Leigh Brasington, Taraniya Ambrosia, Andrew Olendzki, and Narayan Helen Liebenson. His interests include exploring the interface between Western and Buddhist psychology.