Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM; Room#007D
Dr. Bira will guide attendees through a basic understanding of neurobiology (in other words, how the brain works!) and why mindfulness is essential to balance and mental/emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness can be practiced formally and informally, and attendees will learn the benefits and applicability of both. Dr. Bira will lead a guided mindfulness exercise focused on the senses, and attendees will learn how to apply this to everyday life as well as how to adjust the breath to help the body function more efficiently.
About Dr. Lindsay Bira
Lindsay Bira, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist, TEDx speaker, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UT Health San Antonio. She has clinical research specialty in behavioral medicine and PTSD/trauma. She speaks often on the topic of mental health and wellbeing. She received her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from University of Miami and completed residency with Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine before completing an additional 2-year fellowship in trauma psychology. Dr. Bira has been featured by TEDx, Texas Public Radio, Women’s Health Magazine, Headspace, Science, Nature, and more for her work in PTSD, mindfulness, brain health and personal growth. In her presentations to groups of all sizes, Dr. Bira uses a creative, engaging style to communicate brain science and to bridge the gap between the complex (and important) research world and the public. She is passionate about breaking stigma around mental health to improve wellbeing and values platforms that help her with that mission.