Shauna Shapiro: The IAA Model of Mindfulness

Shauna Shapiro explains what she sees as the three core components to mindfulness: intention, attention, and attitude.

Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., is a professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. With 20 years of meditation experience studying in Thailand and Nepal, as well as in the West, Shapiro brings an embodied sense of mindfulness to her scientific work. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and co-authored the critically acclaimed book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, as well as her recent co-authored book, Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child.

Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to education, and has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, the Danish government, and the World Council for Psychotherapy in Beijing, China. Her work has been featured in WiredUSA TodayOxygenThe Yoga Journal, and the American Psychologist.

Shapiro, Shauna. “Shauna Shapiro: Profile.” Shauna Shapiro Profile, Greater Good Magazine, 2019,

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I chose this video because it speaks to me on a personal level. I thought the example of the beach day with her son was perfect testament to how a lot of us live our lives; With good intent that can sometimes be overshadowed by our lack of attention and attitudes. It is important to be aware of all of these elements in order to live a mindful lifestyle.