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Blaine Patrick Werner, Jr.

MA 2022


  • University of Virginia - MA Religious Studies (anticipated completion: 2022)
  • Amherst College - BA cum laude, Psychology and Religion (2015)
  • Central University of Tibetan Studies - January Term Academic Exchange in Sarnath, India (2013)

Research Interests

Buddhist Modernities, Religion and Science, Religion and Psychology, Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics, American Religions, American Spirituality, Philosophy of Attention, Contemplative Sciences and Practices.

Selected Academic Awards 

The Moseley Prize, Third Prize, Amherst College (2015). The Moseley Prize is awarded to seniors for the best essays on a subject approved by the Department of Religion. Essay Title: “The Buddha from Brooklyn: A Case Study in Western Lamas and New Buddhisms.”  

Other Academic Employment 

  • Research Assistant, Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia (current)
  • Lab Manager and Research Associate, Center for Neural Decision Making, Fox Business School at Temple University
  • Research Assistant, Expanding Children's Early Learning (ExCEL) Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Summer Research Assistant, Dan Gilbert Lab, Psychology Department, Harvard University
  • Summer Research Assistant, Decision Research, Psychology Department, University of Oregon