People

Founder

Zoran Josipovic, Ph.D.

Zoran Josipovic, Ph.D.

Principal Scientific Investigator

Zoran is a research associate at NYU Langone Medical Center, and an adjunct faculty for cognitive and affective neuroscience in the Department of Psychology, New York University. With his wife, Judith Blackstone, he founded the Nonduality Institute, where he is the principal science investigator. His research interest are unitary states of consciousness cultivated through contemplative practice, what these states can tell us about the nature of consciousness and its relation to authentic subjectivity, and what relevance this may have for understanding the global and local organization in the brain.

Board of Directors

Stephen Greg Ascue

Stephen Greg Ascue

Greg is an experienced software, biotechnology, and medical device expert with over 25 years of success in new product development, software engineering, test, project management, and regulatory affairs. He currently serves as the President of Stephen Gregory Ascue, LLC, an engineering consulting firm specializing in providing engineering expertise to medical device companies. He has helped launch more than 40 biotechnology and medical device related products. In addition to his expertise in the medical device realm he has worked on diverse applications such as network simulation, supply chain management, compiler development, and personal wellness. He, also, has held management positions with a variety of startup and established companies.
Forrest H Bennett III

Forrest H Bennett III

Forrest is a computer scientist and software engineer with a specialization in machine learning. He has over 60 papers, a book, and 7 patents primarily in machine learning, automatic analog circuit synthesis, and genetic programming. His commercial work includes a custom chip for molecular mechanics computations, and a PBPK pharmacokinetics simulator. Most recently he was a co-founder of Palo Alto Neuroscience. Before that he was at Twitter as an Engineering Manager, and before that VP of Engineering at a search engine startup acquired by Twitter. He has a BS in Applied Mathematics, and is a former Visiting Scholar at Stanford.
Barry H. Cohen, PhD

Barry H. Cohen, PhD

Barry was director of the NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences M.A. program in psychology for more than a decade, where he also taught psychological statistics. He is the author of three statistics text books currently in print. He received a B.S. in physics from Stony Brook University, an M.A. in general psychology from Queens College, and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from NYU. He completed two years of post-doctoral research under the guidance of Richard Davidson at Purchase College in New York. His current research is focused in two main areas: the subjective and neural correlates of inner speech; and the cognitive, affective, and physiological changes produced by the regular practice of meditation and related mental exercises.

Scientific Advisory Board

Vladimir Miskovic, Ph.D.

Vladimir Miskovic, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology; State University of New York at Binghamton

Vladimir Miskovic, PhD received his doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2011 at McMaster University, before completing a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the NIMH Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention at the University of Florida. His principal research interests include emotion, attention, and the interaction of spontaneous and driven human brain activity. His expertise lies in advanced methods of human electrophysiology, including the application of time x frequency, functional connectivity, graph and information theoretic analyses to neural time series data. He has contributed code to the Neurophysiological Biomarker Toolbox, an open source MATLAB toolbox for the computation and integration of neurophysiological biomarkers. Vlad currently serves as the Consulting Editor for Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and the APA journal, Emotion. In 2016, he received the Association for Psychological Science (APS) “Rising Star” Award.

Research Assistants

Michael W. Karlovich

Michael W. Karlovich

Michael graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in cognitive neuroscience and a minor in philosophy. He has spent his post-baccalaureate years conducting research on an array of topics including cognition, memory, attention, visual consciousness, meditation, optical illusions, the nature of disagreement, sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, and novel epilepsy treatments. Michael has been studying Buddhism and practicing meditation under qualified instruction since the age of 14. He has been a certified instructor of mindfulness and meditation since age 18. Michael plans to pursue a PhD in data science, specializing in the analysis of human neural data.