Scientific Board Members

In our two-year quest to bring BuDhaGirl to the public, we met with many science professionals who were immediately and totally in sync with our principles of awareness, mindfulness and brain health.

Once BuDhaGirl had concretely developed its pillars for product values and interaction, we went back to these noted scientists and asked them to join us. Given their life's work as neurologists, psychiatrists and cognitive behavior scientists, they are now helping us share groundbreaking new research that has the potential to reshape society in a meaningful, compassionate way. The principles of meditation have been around for centuries; now, through the developing science of brain imagery, we can actually see the benefits of uncluttering the mind and improving the brain.

To date, our board includes:

Scientific Board

  • Sandra Bond Chapman PhD

    Sandra Bond Chapman PhD

    Founding Chairman, BSAB, Founder & Chief Director Center for Brain Health, University of Texas at Dallas

    Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and author of Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus, is committed to maximizing cognitive potential across the entire lifespan.

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  • Rosa Rivas PhD

    Rosa Rivas PhD

    Founding Member, BSAB, Director of Dinamica Mental, Mexico City, Mexico City's Number One radio talk show host

    Dr. Rosa Rivas (Rosita) is a world-renowned authority in the areas of human development. With over 40 years of experience teaching and creating workshops courses for both the general public and the medical community.

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  • Eric Nestler MD PhD

    Eric Nestler MD PhD

    Founding Member, BSAB, Director of the Friedman Brain Institute, The Mount Sinai Hospital, N.Y.

    Dr. Nestler has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, on the National Advisory Mental Health Council for the National Institute of Mental Health, and as Council member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and of the Society for Neuroscience.

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  • Lisa Firestone PhD

    Lisa Firestone PhD

    A nationally and internationally regarded speaker on topics that include couple relations, parenting, suicide and violence prevention assessment and treatment.

    For the past 25 years, Dr. Lisa Firestone has been a practicing clinical psychologist in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California. Lisa works as the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and a Senior Editor at

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  • Lisa Firestone PhD

    Claudia Aguirre PhD

    A neuroscientist and skin expert, specializing in the connection between the mind and the body.

    She received her Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA and earned her Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, where she investigated hormonal interactions in the aging brain. In between her studies, she researched molecular mechanisms of schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She has also completed a certificate course on Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change at Loyola Marymount University.

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