María Jimena Sarmiento-B., Ph.D. received her degree in Psychology in 2004 in Colombia where she is originally from. She has worked with children with learning disabilities and emotional problems. She completed her Master´s degree in Diagnosis and Neuropsychological rehabilitation at the Autonomous University of Puebla in Mexico (2009), focusing on children with acquired brain damage as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). After her Ph.D., Maria worked as Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of San Buenaventura Bogotá and Research at Institute for Educational Research and Pedagogical Development (IDEP). In 2013, she traveled to Brazil and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Education with emphasis in Cognition, Development and Learning, obtaining her degree in 2018. The main focus of Dr. Sarmiento's research is the impact of different meditation techniques on empathy development. Now as a part of the CIRCLE Lab, she is integrating her experience as a Neuropsychologist and expertise in child development with the Wellness Health And Life Experiences Study (WHALE).