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Professor of Sociology, UF College of Liberal Arts (previous Core Member of UF Mindfulness); wisdom researcher

Monika Ardelt, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and a Founding Faculty Member and Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Spirituality and Health at the University of Florida. She was Core Member of UF Mindfulness (2015-2019). She is also a 1999 Brookdale National Fellow, a 2005 Positive Psychology Templeton Senior Fellow, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Her research focuses on successful human development across the life course with particular emphasis on the relations between wisdom, religion, spirituality, aging well, and dying well. Dr. Ardelt has been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation for over 35 years and has taught and co-taught university courses incorporating mindfulness and service learning, such as Sociology of Aging and the Life Course, Group-Related Internship Program, which focused on service learning and the meaning of life, and Cosmic Dance: The Integration of Science, Religion, and Compassionate Love.