"Brown Bag" Series

Dr. Amishi Jha, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist, Researcher, Associate Professor, University of Miami

Major General Walter E. Piatt

Director, Army Operations, Rediness, & Mobilization, HQDA G-3/5/7

Thriving Under Stress: Using the Power of Mindfulness to Be Fully Present and Resilient

October 4, 2016; 1130 - 1300 ET

Pentagon Library & Conference Center, Room B1 or Virtual Participation

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Speaker - Dr. Amishi Jha, Ph.D.


Dr. Amishi Jha is a neuroscientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the UMindfulness Initiative, prior to which she was an Assistant Professor at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD from the University of California-Davis in 1998, and received her post-doctoral training at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University in functional neuroimaging. She studies the neural bases of attention and the effect of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion, and resilience. With grants from the Department of Defense, and several private foundations, she has been systematically investigating the potential applications of mindfulness training in education, sports, business, and the military. Her work has been featured in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Emotion, and PLoSOne and she serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Frontiers in Cognitive Science, and Frontiers in Cognition.

She has received several awards for teaching and innovation in science, including selection as a Poptech Science and Public Leadership Fellow in 2010. She is an internationally recognized speaker who has lectured at the Aspen Institute, World Economic Forum, and NY Academy of Sciences as well as many other forums on topics such as optimizing attention, building brain fitness, mindfulness and other forms of contemplative training, and how to protect the brain from stress and aging. She has been interviewed on NPR, CBS, and NBC, as well as in the NY Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, LA Times, Time Magazine, GQ, Newsweek, and Scientific American.

Major General Walter E. Piatt


Major General Walter E. Piatt, assumed duty as the 30th Director of Army Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, HQDA G-3/5/7 on 10 April 2015.

MG Piatt is originally from Somerset, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Army in 1979 after graduating from Somerset Area High School and served in the Army as an Infantryman for four years. Following his enlistment, Walt attended Lock haven University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology; commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in 1987. His military education includes the Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and a fellowship with the institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He holds both a Master of Science degree in Military History and a Master of Arts degree in Military Science. 

MG Piatt has served in numerous assignments all over the world to include tours in Korea, Panama, Hawaii, and Alaska. He also completed several operational deployments to include Suriname, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He published two books from his experience in Afghanistan. 

His General Officer assignments include serving as the 52nd Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School and Chief of Infantry, Fort Benning, Georgia; Deputy Commanding General - Support, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; Commanding General of the Seventh Army Joint Multinational Training Command, United States Army Europe; and Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Europe and Commander, United States Army NATO.

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