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Marissa C. Knox is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin studying with Dr. Kristin Neff. Her research is focused on self-compassion and how it serves as an inner resource of resilience for healthy body image and stress management. Her dissertation will examine a self-compassion writing intervention specifically designed to help reduce college student body image concerns. Marissa has a Master’s in Program Evaluation, and she is currently collaborating with her research team led by Dr. Kristin Neff to design a self-compassion curriculum and intervention for healthcare professionals, teachers, and parents with chronically ill children to reduce stress and improve coping skills.

Marissa is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion™ teacher, a certified Embody Love Movement facilitator, and a Level 1 iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher. She also teaches yoga asana, mindfulness practices, and meditation that is accessible to both beginners and seasoned practitioners.