Trudy Goodman, PhD

Founding & Guiding Teacher



Trudy Goodman, Ph.D., is Founder and Guiding Teacher of InsightLA, a non-profit organization for Vipassana meditation training and secular mindfulness education. Trudy was a psychotherapist in private practice for 25 years and studied Buddhist meditation for 36 years with Asian and Western teachers. She was the fourth teacher of MBSR, mindfulness-based stress reduction, which she taught with its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. She is the Guiding Teacher and co-founder of the original Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first center in the world dedicated to integrating these two disciplines.


In Los Angeles, Trudy co-founded Family Path and Growing Spirit, family mindfulness programs, with Susan Kaiser Greenland and has worked with children all her life. She teaches retreats and workshops nationwide, and lives in Los Angeles near her two grandchildren.


She is a contributing author: Guilford 2005, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Springer, 2008 Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness.

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