Meet Our Team


Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Executive Director, Mindsight Institute

Daniel J. Siegel, MD is the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization—based on his concept of Mindsight—offering online learning and in-person workshops that explore how the mind, embodied brain, and relationships shape our development and provide applications for enhancing mental health and well-being.

Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts accessible and exciting has led to numerous speaking engagements addressing diverse local, national and international groups including mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London's Royal Society of Arts. He was the first scientist to present in Myanmar on the topics of child development, parenting, education, and mental health.

As an internationally-renowned neuropsychiatrist and author, Dr. Siegel’s books have been translated into over forty languages. He has published extensively for the professional audience, has authored numerous articles, chapters, and internationally acclaimed textbooks, and serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, which contains over 70 textbooks and is the bestselling professional series in the field of mental health. Dr. Siegel’s books for the clinical audience include:

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (Norton, 2012).
The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are, 3rd Edition (Guilford, 2020)
The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton, 2010)
The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being (Norton, 2007)

Dr. Siegel also writes books for the general reader and the parent/caregiver population, providing an in-depth yet accessible exploration of the science of mental, neural and relational well-being with applicable tools to support optimal development. These books include:

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence (2018);
The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired (2020)(co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.);
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child (2018)(co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.);
Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human (New York Times Bestseller, 2017)
No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (2014) (co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.; New York Times Bestseller)
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (New York Times Bestseller, 2013)
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind (2011) (co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.; New York Times Bestseller)
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (2010)
Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (2003) (co-authored with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.)

Dr. Siegel is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and is the Founding Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships.  He serves as the Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute and is on the Board of the Garrison Institute and the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City, which has built its curriculum around Dr. Siegel’s Mindsight approach. Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate work at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative.

For speaking engagements, Dr. Siegel may be contacted through Kristi Morelli at

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Caroline S. Welch

CEO and Co-Founder of the Mindsight Institute

Caroline is CEO and co-founder with Dr. Dan Siegel of the Mindsight Institute, whose mission is to make the science of well-being accessible for professional and personal development through online and in-person programs. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.

Caroline was a civil litigator for over ten years, mainly representing Japanese corporate clients in intellectual property matters. She served as Vice President in Litigation at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and prior to that she was Senior Counsel at Spelling Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she served as production attorney for the Judge Judy show. Caroline is also a mediator and has served on the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s mediation panel. Prior to attending law school, Caroline taught English in Japan for three years.

Caroline provides workshops and lectures on strategies to optimize our personal and professional well-being. Her first book, The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women will be published by Penguin Random House on March 17, 2020. For information on Caroline, please visit:

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

Director of Parenting Education, Mindsight Institute

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. She is the Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA and a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist. She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world. Dr. Bryson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology. You can learn more at, where you can subscribe to her blog and read her articles about kids and parenting.


Adriana C. Copeland, Psy.D

Director of Youth Outreach, Mindsight Institute

Adriana has her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She has been a student of Interpersonal Neurobiology for over ten years and is a graduate of the Mindful Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) through InsightLA. Her life perspective and psychological approach are deeply influenced by the wisdom of mindfulness.

Adriana was born in Argentina and is a multi-lingual psychotherapist. She did her doctoral training with high-risk families, children and gang youth in the Los Angeles area. Adriana has also provided psychotherapy in schools for children and adolescents from low-income families living in disadvantaged environments.

Dr. Copeland currently practices in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, UAE. She works with youth, is an educational consultant to various foundations both in the U.S. and overseas, and provides pro-bono assistance to elderly patients. Adriana may be contacted at


Deena Margolin

Program Coordinator, Mindsight Institute

Deena graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and from Bucknell University with a B.A in Psychology and Italian. As Program Coordinator at the Mindsight Institute since 2013, Deena assists with online courses, trainings, and research projects. Deena continues to study Interpersonal Neurobiology and practices psychotherapy grounded in mindfulness at The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles. Deena can be reached at


Darrell Walters, M.Div., M.S.

Director of Media & Technology, Mindsight Institute

Darrell is a technology consultant and practicing psychotherapist. Darrell earned his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on Thriving & Technology at Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. In his psychotherapy practice, Darrell works with children and families. Darrell also worked for Apple, Inc. for over six years and now also works as a technology consultant. Darrell has been studying interpersonal neurobiology since 2005. Darrell oversees media and technology for the Mindsight Institute and may be contacted at