Kristin Neff, PhD, is currently associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion, released by William Morrow. In conjunction with her colleague Christopher Germer, she developed an empirically supported eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide. Neff is also featured in the best-selling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s journey to Mongolia, where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.