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 and teachers 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. Her teaching is infused with her studies of Tibetan Buddhism as well as her love of being in nature and reading and writing poetry.