Grad Profiles

Blaine Patrick Werner, Jr.

Master's Student


  • University of Virginia - MA Religious Studies (anticipated completion: 2021)
  • 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; Buddhist philosophy and ethics; American religions; Historical and contemporary contemplative practice traditions; Philosophy of attention; Cognitive affective neuroscience; Changing implicit cognition and bias; Moral psychology. 

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