Daniel J. Siegel

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Daniel J. Siegel (born July 17, 1957) is a professor of clinical psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.


Siegel completed his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his post-graduate medical education at UCLA.[1] His training is in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Siegel was the recipient of the UCLA psychiatry department's teaching award and several honorary fellowships for his work as director of UCLA's training program in child psychiatry and the Infant and Preschool Service at UCLA. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.[2]

Siegel is the author of several books on parenting and child development including The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being published by WW Norton in 2007,[3] The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience published by the Guilford Press in 1999 and Parenting from the Inside Out, which he co-wrote with Mary Hartzell in 2003 and was published by Tarcher.

Siegel is known as a mindfulness expert[4] and for his work developing the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology,[5] which is an interdisciplinary view of life experience that draws on over a dozen branches of science to create a framework for understanding of our subjective and interpersonal lives.[6]

Siegel's most recent work integrates the theories of Interpersonal Neurobiology with the theories of Mindfulness Practice and proposes that mindfulness practice is a highly developed process of both inter and intra personal attunement.[7]

On October 2, 2009, Siegel was a guest presenter at the Greater Good Science Center Science of a Meaningful Life seminar "Forgiveness and Mindsight", along with psychologist Frederic Luskin. Together they offered tactics on promoting one's social and emotional well-being.


  • The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience (New York: Guilford Press, 1999)
  • Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain (New York: WW Norton & Company, 2003). Co-edited with Marion Solomon.
  • Foreword to Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy by Kekuni Minton, Pat Ogden, and Clare Pain (New York: WW Norton & Company, 2006)
  • The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being (New York: WW Norton & Company, 2007)
  • The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (New York: WW Norton & Company, 2009). Co-edited with Diana Fosha and Marion F. Solomon.
  • The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (New York: WW Norton & Company, 2010)
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (New York: Bantam, 2010)
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive (New York: Delacorte Press, 2011). Co-author with Tina Payne Bryson.
  • The Developing Mind, Second Edition: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (New York: Guilford Press, 2012). ISBN 978-1-4625-0390-2.
  • Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012)
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (New York: Penguin Putnam, 2013)
  • Parenting From the Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (New York: Tarcher, 2004). Co-author with Mary Hartzell.
  • No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind (New York: Bantam, 2014). Co-author with Tina Payne Bryson.


  1. ^ Huffington Post biography. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-j-siegel-md Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.mindsightinstitute.com/
  3. ^ W W Norton page
  4. ^ Firestone, Lisa. (2013, August 8) 'The Power of Choosing Your Thoughts,' Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-firestone/choosing-your-thoughts_b_3461686.html Retrieved 18 October 2013
  5. ^ Interpersonal Neurobiology
  6. ^ Source - The Developing Mind (Siegel 1999).
  7. ^ personal attunement. Source - The Mindful Brain (Siegel 2007)

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