Erin McCarthy, Ph.D. is a professor, speaker, author, mindfulness teacher and parent of twins. After completing her undergraduate degree in French and Philosophy at Trent University, she went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa, comparing western and eastern views of the self. A professor of philosophy at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY since 2000, Erin now divides her time between her work as a scholar-teacher at the university, conference engagements and her mindfulness teaching both on her campus and in the Ottawa area. Her teaching and writing bring together eastern and western philosophies and practices to cultivate human flourishing, joy, and ease.

A long time meditator, Erin came to teach mindful self-compassion and mindfulness through her interest in and scholarship on Contemplative Education.  She has a particular passion for how mindfulness modalities help in education, parenting and with issues of social justice.

She is a member of the University of Ottawa’s Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies and of Ottawa Mindfulness, and was recently honoured with being named a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

An educator for over two decades, she uses evidence based techniques to work with children, youth and adults to help them find the inner space to live a life of flourishing. She is continually inspired by the transformations that these mindfulness modalities afford their practitioners…herself included!

Teacher Training + Certifications

Mindfulness for Symptom Management (M4) teacher training at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic

Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training with the Center for Mindful Self Compassion with Drs. Kristen Neff and Chris Germer (UCSD Center for Mindfulness Studies) (Trained Teacher)

Mindful Schools Educator Essentials training

Mindful Kids (Sheena Bounsanga)

Foundations of Unified Mindfulness

Unified Mindfulness L2 Coach

Select Publications

Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood though Japanese, Continental and Feminist Philosophy

Chapter in Engaging Dogen’s Zen:The Philosophy of Practice as Awakening

Social Media

2016 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Master Lecture