Laura Schmalzl, PhD

Visiting Teacher

Laura Schmalzl, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, as well as a longtime yoga practitioner and certified yoga instructor. Her work over the past decade has largely been motivated by combining her clinical and academic training with her passion for practicing and teaching yoga. From a research perspective, her interests lie in furthering an understanding of the mechanisms through which yoga-based practices can impact body awareness, emotional self-regulation and cognitive functioning.

In educational settings Laura has implemented yoga as an experiential learning tool within the neuroscience curriculum for medical students. She has also served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy for six years, and has been part of the contemplative faculty for the Mind & Life Institute for the past three years. After several years of research at University of California San Diego, and an Associate Professorship at Southern California University of Health Sciences, Laura is now based in Santa Barbara, where she currently engaged in further clinical training to complete her yoga therapy certification.