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 and have sold over 2 million copies worldwide. 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 75 textbooks and is on of 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 (New York Times Bestseller, 2018);
• The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired  (co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.) (2020);
• 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 (co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.; (New York Times Bestseller 2014);
• 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 (co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.); (New York Times Bestseller 2011);
• 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 (co-authored with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.)(2003)

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 and an American Medical Writers Association Alvarez Award.  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 for optimizing our personal and professional well-being. Her first book, The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women was published by Penguin Random House on March 17, 2020. For further information on Caroline, please visit:

For speaking engagements, Caroline may be contacted through Kristi Morelli at
For general inquiries, please contact

Kristi Morelli
Director of Operations, Mindsight Institute

Kristi is a graduate of Lourdes University and holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing with a minor is psychology. Although she is originally from Toledo, Ohio and is a mid-westerner through-and-through, she followed her heart west and has fallen in love with her California life. She lives in LA with her wife, daughter (when she is home from school and not traveling the world), their three rescue dogs, and one adopted cat.

Kristi joined the Mindsight Institute Team in 2018 as its Director of Operations and finds each day an adventure. She thrives on the relationships she has developed and appreciates the collaborative spirit the role imparts. Most importantly, she is thankful to be part of such meaningful work and finds herself looking forward to what the next day will bring.


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