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Matthew D. Sacchet, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Director of Meditation Research, Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry


Since 2006, the research objective of Matthew D. Sacchet, PhD, has been to advance scientific understanding of meditation and well-being. In 2019, he joined the faculty of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he founded and now directs the Meditation Research Group. The group uses a multidisciplinary approach to advance our understanding of meditation in both clinical and non-clinical contexts. As of 2012, he has authored over 75 publications and his research has been presented over 125 times and cited over 3200 times.

Dr. Sacchet has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Ad Astra Chandaria Foundation, Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and BIAL Foundation. His research has received coverage by major media outlets including CBS, NBC, NPR, Time, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2017, Forbes Magazine named him as one of its “30 Under 30.”

Education & Training

  • 2010 ScB in Contemplative Science, Brown University
  • 2016 PhD in Neurosciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 2016-2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 2017-2017 Stanford School of Medicine Dean’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine


Phone: 617.855.4437
Office Address: Belmont campus - Oaks Building, Room 345