Allyson Pimentel, EdD


Dr. Allyson Pimentel, EdD is a psychologist, yoga teacher, and long-time Vipassana meditation practitioner and teacher who works at the intersection of mindfulness, mental health, nature-based healing, and social justice.  She is a teacher and Board Member at Insight LA.

Allyson has been teaching mindfulness in clinical, secular and spiritual settings, as well as in her private clinical psychology practice, for well over a decade.  Formerly, Allyson was the Associate Director of UCLA’s Campus & Student Resilience and the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the UCLA Resilience in Your Student Experience Center.  Prior to that, she worked at NYU-Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where she was a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry and the Training Director of the Mind-Body Clinic, a service that brought mindfulness-based treatment approaches to people living with psychiatric and medical illness.  

Allyson holds a BA from Brown University and a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.   She first began meditating daily as a junior in high school when, inspired by her aunt, she learned Transcendental Meditation.  During her graduate studies in psychology, Allyson was introduced to the Insight tradition at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.  She later became a dedicated practitioner at New York Insight with her teacher, Gina Sharpe, and sat many retreats at Insight Meditation Society (IMS), Spirit Rock, and elsewhere.  Allyson completed mindfulness facilitator training at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), where she now teaches and serves as a mentor in the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF) program. Allyson also has participated in professional mindfulness training programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM), Mindful Schools, The Lineage Project, and the Urban Zen Foundation.  She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) trained at Laughing Lotus New York.  Allyson has served on the Board of Directors of meditation centers such as Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and The Lineage Project and presently is a Board Member at Insight LA.  

Originally from New York City, Allyson now lives with her family in Los Angeles, on unceded Tongva, Chumash, and Kizh land, where she has become an avid gardener and student of succulents and other native plants.