Board of Directors

President: Douglas Baker, LICSW, RYT
Doug is a therapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA specializing in mindfulness-based therapy. He also leads clients in individual mindfulness-based multi-day therapeutic immersions. He leads an IMP mindfulness-based group for therapists, and has presented in numerous settings, including Lesley University, Smith College, Boston University, Harvard University, and other schools; organizational clients include the MGH/Partners group, the Boston Law Collaborative, the Boston Archdiocese and the MIT Sloan School, along with a variety of corporate clients. He had the good fortune to train at Cambridge Hospital in the psychiatry department from 1997 to 2007 while also attending residential yoga and meditation retreats. Doug completed the Kripalu Yoga teacher training and continues to teach and study in the Kripalu lineage. In 2017 he published Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking. Doug joined the IMP board in 2018 and began serving as president in fall 2022.

Treasurer: Charles W. Styron, PsyD
Charles is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Watertown, Massachusetts, as well as a consulting psychologist for Caritas Norwood Hospital in Norwood and a Staff Member at Boston Health Care in Walpole. He splits his practice between individual psychotherapy for adults and neuropsychological assessments for adults and elderly patients. Dr. Styron has been a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist traditions for 42 years and is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition. He is also a former architect.

Secretary: Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD
Ron is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind/body treatment, has worked for many years in community mental health with inner city children and families, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Ron is coauthor of the self-treatment guide, Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition, author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, co-editor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, and professor for The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses.

Trudy A. Goodman, PhD, Guiding Teacher
Trudy is President and founder of InsightLA, a non-profit organization for secular mindfulness education and Vipassana meditation training . She teaches extensively in the field of meditation and psychotherapy at conferences and retreats nationwide. In 1995, she co-founded the very first Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, MA, where she lived and taught at the Cambridge Buddhist Association from 1991-98. Trudy has studied Buddhist meditation for 35 years, with Asian and Western teachers, and is also an affiliate teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. She is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (Guilford 2005) and Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (Springer, 2008).

Paul R. Fulton, EdD, Director of Certificate Program in Mindfulness & Psychotherapy
Paul is a clinical psychologist and founding member of IMP. He received his doctoral degree in Comparative Human Development from Harvard University and his clinical training through Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Hospital. He has served as clinical director of a large state psychiatric facility, directed an outpatient clinic for deinstitutionalized patients, program director for a private psychiatric hospital, and director of mental health for a large managed care organization. A 53 year student of the integration of Buddhism and psychology, Dr. Fulton teaches internationally about psychology and meditation for many years and is author of a number of book chapters, and is a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition. Dr. Fulton is formerly a member of the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, a consulting instructor for Harvard Pilgrim’s Mind the Moment program, and maintains a private practice in Newton, Massachusetts. He is co-editor and co-author of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and author of numerous papers and book chapters. You can learn more about Paul on his website:

Sara W. Lazar, PhD
Sara is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD.

Susan Fairchild, MA, LMHC
Susie is a certified as a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and serves as the Educational Co-Director of the the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy Program. She teaches MSC at The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance, as well as MSC Core Skills and an intensive version of the MSC curriculum at Kripalu Center for Yoga in Lenox, MA. She has practiced meditation for many years, primarily in the Insight tradition.


Christopher Willard, PsyD
Christopher is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness. He has been practicing mindfulness for nearly 20 years, and leads mindfulness workshops internationally. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and the Mindfulness in Education Network. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times,, and he blogs at Dr. Willard is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), and three other books, with three more on the way. He teaches at Harvard Medical School. When not working, he enjoys time with family, travel, cooking, eating, reading, writing, hiking and any combination of these he can manage.

Sean Witty, MTS, MS
Sean is a psychotherapist in private practice, a pastor, and a musician. After studying music and sound recording as an undergraduate at the Berklee College of Music and the University of New Haven, he earned a Master of Theological Studies from Drew University, a Master of Science from UMass Boston, and a Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Seminary. His work focuses on the intersection of spiritual practice and mental health while continuing to be active as a guitarist and singer-songwriter. He holds dual standing with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Church (USA) and sits on the Board of the Mental Health Network of the United Church of Christ.


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