Amy Finlay-Jones, BPsych (Hons), MClinPsych, MHealthEcon, Ph.D., is the Head of the Early Neurodevelopment and Mental Health team at the Telethon Kids Institute. After completing training in clinical psychology, Dr. Finlay-Jones undertook further postgraduate training in health economics. Her research reflects the continuum of clinical to through implementation science, with a focus on translating evidence into policy and practice to improve mental health outcomes for children and families. Dr. Finlay-Jones's personal connection to self-compassion practice came at a young age when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Since that time, she has undertaken academic study of self-compassion, including developing the world's first online self-compassion training program during her doctoral studies. Dr. Finlay-Jones is interested in the development of self-compassion in children and adolescence, its application within clinical contexts, and its intersection with self-regulation. She is a trained teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training Program, the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living Program, and the Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens program. She has a strong interest in co-designing accessible approaches to self-compassion training with underrepresented groups.
Karen Bluth, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a fellow at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion, an internationally acclaimed 8-week course created by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. She is co-creator of the curriculum Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, the teen adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for adults, and author of the books, The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are (New Harbinger), The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger), and co-author of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD: Build Executive Functioning Skills, Increase Motivation, and Improve Self-Confidence (New Harbinger).
Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, publishing the first papers to define and measure self-compassion in 2003. She has been named by Clarivate as one of the most influential scholars in psychology worldwide. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on self-compassion, she is author of the books, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself (William Morrow) and Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power and Thrive (Harper Wave). In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion that is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. They have coauthored the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook (Guilford) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals (Guilford).