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Health & Well-Being

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Director of SLED; Wellness Program Head

Sarah Meyer Tapia, Ph.D.



Sarah Meyer Tapia is Director of Stanford Living Education and Program Head of the Wellness Education academic program for students. She creates classrooms, communities, and environments that support both high achievement and holistic well-being. At Stanford since 2013 she’s worked in both employee and student wellness teaching stress-management, behavior change, meditation and mindfulness to students, faculty, and staff.  Sarah earned her graduate degree in Counseling and Health Psychology from Santa Clara University where she received the Research Excellence Grant for her work teaching mindfulness. She earned her doctorate in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology. Sarah believes our best work (and our best living!) comes from exploring our curiosity and expressing ourselves authentically.  


Ph.D., Psychology, CIIS; M.A., Counseling & Health Psychology, Santa Clara University; B.A., Ministry, Azusa Pacific University

Research and Professional Interests

Mindfulness, meditation, authentic and lasting behavior change, self-compassion without compromising success, wellbeing that works in real life, expanding and de-stigmatizing wellness

Personal Interests

Running, yoga, the ocean, black cats, writing essays about life in all its complexity, hanging with my kid, meals with my people

Courses Taught

Wellness 130: Meditation, Wellness 117: Changing for Good: The Science and Practice of Behavior Change, Wellness 123: Living on Purpose, Wellness 131: Compassion Meditation, Wellness 114: Emotional Intelligence, Wellness 116: Resilience, Wellness 152: Mindfulness and Food, Wellness 133: Meditation Retreat, Wellness 113: Stress Less Sleep Better