Dan Grupe, PhD



I'm an Associate Scientist in the
Center for Healthy Minds and the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I'm also an avid homebrewer, fermentationist, baker, gardener, biker, and curler.


My research attempts to understand individual differences in responses to stressful and traumatic life events that can lead to PTSD and other stress-related disorders. This work involves basic neuroscientific and psychological research aimed at understanding the core mechanisms underlying variability in subjective threat appraisals, and leverages a wide variety of methods including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion imaging, peripheral psychophysiology, neuroscientifically grounded behavioral assessments, and qualitative methods.

In addition to this basic research, I also conduct behavioral intervention research that studies the potential of mindfulness-based interventions to alter these mechanisms of risk and resilience. My work in this domain has investigated mindfulness-based approaches to enhancing stress resilience and addressing physical and mental health outcomes in both military and law enforcement populations.

For my CV, click here

To view my recent publications and presentations, click here


CHM webpage

Google Scholar profile


First Responder Resilience and Mindfulness Training Curriculum (2017)


The Atlantic, March 2015: How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2017: Taking Mindfulness to the Streets.

Mindful Magazine, June 2017: Mindful Policing: The Future of Force.

Isthmus, November 2017: Officer Zen-dly.

Contact Information

Center for Healthy Minds
625 West Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703

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