Ronna Kabatznick, PhD, has been practicing Vipassana since 1985 and is also deeply committed to Judaism. She spent nearly two years on retreat in Thailand, under the guidance of two of the country's most highly revered forest meditation Masters. She subsequently received blessings and the authority to teach Vipassana to westerners. While in Thailand, Dr. Kabatznick helped tsunami survivors identify bodies of their loved ones and provided psychological and spiritual support to people gripped by grief. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF and a Board Member of The Center for Mindful Eating. She teaches classes primarily focused on Dharma and Depression and on Appetite and the Dharma throughout the Bay Area. Her private practice is based in Berkeley, California.