Our Staff

Lisa Miller, Ph.D

President, CEO and Member of the Board of Trustees

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College and is Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology.  http://www.lisamillerphd.com/

Dr. Miller is a foremost scientist on spirituality across the lifespan, with her work published in top research journals including JAMA-Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her innovative research has focused on quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and an overall sacred and joyful life. Her clinical and consultation work focuses on spiritual awareness and spiritual growth, for individuals, families, groups and organizations

Dr. Miller is the author of “The Spiritual Child; The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving.” Based upon her decade and a half of experience, she offers talks, workshops and consultations on spirituality in healthy development to parents and schools, adult wellness groups, and private and public organizations. She is the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality and Co-Editor of the APA journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice.

She has been elected as Fellow by the American Psychological Association, as well as for the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award of graduate students. A graduate of Yale, she received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania from Martin Seligman.

Amy L. Chapman, Ph.D

Research Director

Amy Chapman, Ph.D is a post-doctoral associate at Teachers College, Columbia University and Research Director for the Collaborative for Spirituality in Education. A qualitative methods expert, her research interests lie at the intersection of social media, social studies, and social justice, with a particular interest in spirituality in education. A former public and private school teacher and innovative leader in faith formation, Amy looks for ways to promote child and adolescent thriving, especially for those who are vulnerable or marginalized. To date, this research has focused on the development of spirituality in educational settings and the ways in which social media can be used within educational contexts in ways that promote equity and inclusion, particularly of voices that often go unheard. This research has included examining a social justice curriculum for the development of religious identities in adolescents, evaluating a Facebook application for its usefulness for first-generation college students, and an exploration of high school teachers’ use of Twitter for civic education. In addition to this scholarship, Amy continues to work in educational leadership and student formation through various Jesuit apostolates.

Amy holds three degrees from Boston College, in secondary education and history; developmental and educational psychology; and religious education, and a doctorate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Recent articles include Citizen-Scholars: Social Media and the Changing Nature of Scholarship (Publications; Chapman & Greenhow, 2019) and Tweeting in Higher Education: Best Practices (Educause; Chapman, 2015).

Meredith Caplan

Deputy for Development




Meredith Caplan is the Deputy for Development. She is a former human rights lawyer with the Organization of American States and a woman’s reproductive rights advocate with the international division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She also has professional experience in fundraising, communication and program development as a paid executive and as a volunteer.

CSE brings together her passion about spirituality, education and social change.


Collin Palomares

Associate Director for Management




Originally forging a career in the entertainment industry, Collin Palomares has been working in the field of mental health and spirituality for over ten years. Beginning in 2011 he worked as the Film Production Manager for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Los Angeles focused on providing education alongside treatment for young adults. His interactions with clients, clinicians and administrators, combined with years of personal work, revealed the essential need for a societal reintegration of spiritual principles and values. This path lead him to pursue a masters degree in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University on his way to doctoral study. His studies brought him into contact with Dr. Lisa Miller and the team at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute and CSE, which sparked his enthusiasm for bringing about much needed change in society through improving the edification of our young people.