Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW

Eve Ekman
Public Class Instructor, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Public Classes Taught

  • Cultivating Emotional Balance 


Eve Ekman is a contemplative social scientist and teacher in the field of emotional awareness and burnout prevention. At the Osher Center, Dr. Ekman’s work includes public education offerings in Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), as well as developing, delivering, and, since 2015, improving a curriculum for residents called Supporting Provider Resilience by Upping Compassion and Empathy (SPRUCE).

She is the co-lead instructor for CEB, an evidence-based emotional awareness training created by Dr. Paul Ekman and Buddhist scholar Alan Wallace. The CEB training invites participants to investigate their driving motivations, as well as the roots of their destructive emotional episodes through tools of meditative practice and in-depth analysis of emotional events.

Dr. Ekman’s writing on empathy, burnout, and compassion has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as in chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychologyand The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science.She does training and consultation for emotional awareness and burnout prevention for private and public sector organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Education and Training

  • PhD, MSW, UC Berkeley

Personal Statement and Approach

I am a regular practitioner of meditation, yoga, and surfing, and I bring my enthusiasm of living a rich emotional life into my teaching, as I seek to inspire others to invite well-being into every part of life.

I am a second-generation emotion researcher and have had meaningful collaborations with my father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman. Our most recent project, The Atlas of Emotions, an online visual tool to teach a language for improving emotional awareness, was commissioned by the Dalai Lama.

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