Dharmakaya Colgan, PhD, C-IAYT

Lab Alumnus

Dana Dharmakaya received her doctorate degree in 2017. She is currently a Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University. Her research employs quantitative and qualitative approaches to (1) investigate behavioral, psychophysiological, and neural mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) that may mitigate the harmful effects of stress and improve chronic pain; and (2) develop, optimize, and evaluate treatment outcomes of culturally-appropriate and trauma-informed MBIs for high-stress and chronic pain populations. Clinically, she conducts pre-, intra-, and postoperative neuropsychological assessments for individuals undergoing awake craniotomies and provides yoga therapy for chronic pain populations.  She loves to explore faraway places, wander through the woods, and scuba dive in warm waters.