Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisher graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Religious Studies (Honors) in 2011. He then joined the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Brown University where he managed the “Varieties of Contemplative Experience” study from 2012-2015. He received the Francisco J. Varela Research Award from the Mind and Life Institute in 2012 and began a PhD program in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Cognitive Science, at UCSB in the fall of 2015. He is currently a PhD candidate writing his dissertation on The Dark Nights of the Soul in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Meditative Paths. His broader research interests include: Jewish and Comparative Mysticism, Abrahamic Contemplative Traditions, Differential Diagnosis at the intersection of Spirituality and Clinical Practice, and the emerging fields of Contemplative Science.

Mike Yonkovig LCSW

Mike holds a B.S. in Psychology and Biology, and a Master’s in Social Work from Boston College, with concentration studies in neuroscience and philosophy. He completed his internship at Boston Neurodynamics, providing QEEG-guided neuromodulation, and has clinical experience working in inpatient psychiatry and neuro-oncology. He is particularly interested in the physiology and phenomenology of altered states, perception, and sense of self. He currently splits time between clinical and research roles at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, working in the comprehensive diagnostic center and Lab of Neural Reconstruction.