Hello I’m Shannon Harvey – health journalist, filmmaker, author… and podcaster.
In this podcast I’ll take you behind the scenes of my research and projects. You’ll find extended interviews with experts that sadly hit the cutting room floor when I’m making my films and writing my books. You’ll also hear the real-life stories of people I’ve met along the way who are successfully taking a whole-person, whole-life approach to healthy living.
There will be laughter, there will be tears, there will be insights and hopefully inspiration. And of course, as always, the work that I do is independent: sponsorship free, ad free and backed by evidence.
Kristin Neff, PhD (#7)
In this episode I’m talking with the self-compassion pioneer and researcher, Associate Professor Kirstin Neff.
Like so many other people who have started mindfulness training, one of the first things I became aware of was an incessant mean voice in my head. And I really needed to understand the function and purpose of this constant bombardment of self-criticism. So I turned to Kristin, who, fortunately, was the first person to be brave enough to put all this under a psychological microscope.
Judson Brewer, PhD (#06)
If you're interested in learning how your brain works and how to use that knowledge to make healthy changes in your life, then this week's podcast is for you.
This is my extended interview with Dr. Judson Brewer, who is an Associate Professor and the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.
As an addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies how we form unhealthy habits, Jud is researching mindfulness-based techniques to help us change for good.
Michael Steger, PhD (#05)
After listening to this week's podcast, I suspect that you won't be able to stop yourself from taking a moment to reflect on what really matters to you the most in life, on what is truly important to you... and why. It with Professor Michael Stegor – a leading expert in finding meaning in life.
At the end you’ll hear Mike reveal that he used to be a therapist, and I think you’ll get a sense that he must have been really good. He seems to get people, and really understand what makes life worth livi
Richard Davidson, PhD (#04)
This is another extended conversation from my film, My Year Of Living Mindfully. This time it is with Richard Davidson PhD, the Director of the Centre for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Maddison.
Richie is a trailblazing scientist who’s published 100's of scientific papers on the neural bases of emotion. His dedication to the understanding of the mind would have made him a worthy interviewee in his own right. But I admit that I had a very specific reason for wanting to chat with Ric
Elissa Epel, PhD (#03)
This podcast is a little different from the first two. Although, like the others, this interview was done for my last documentary project, My Year of Living Mindfully, it isn’t with someone who’s specifically a mindfulness researcher. It’s with Professor Elissa Epel, a researcher at the forefront of understanding the connection between our mind, body and health. I knew this conversation would be fascinating because Elissa had already made a big impression on how my own lifestyle was influencing my hea
Willem Kuyken, PhD (#02)
Now, more than ever, we need discussions about the "how" of preventing and treating mental health problems. This episode features Willem Kuyken PhD, Director of the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His research has earned him a place among the Who’s Who of influential scientists. His research investigating how mindfulness can prevent depression has ranked him in the top 1% of researchers in his field. Mindfulness is sometimes dismissed as "woo woo", but this interview will make you think again.