Received her Ph.D. in psychology from University of California, San Francisco, and B.S. in neuroscience from San Jose State University. Her scientific research has examined how our feelings are revealed in our facial expressions. Her work is published in psychological journals and books. She conducts research at University of California, Davis. She is the world-leading expert in the Facial Action Coding System and co-authors with it’s creator Paul Ekman.

Education

Ph.D., Psychology, 1994, University of California, San Francisco
Pre-Doctoral participant, NIMH Post-Doctoral Training Program in Emotion Research, 1989-1992
B. S., Neuroscience, 1986, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Positions

Principal, Erika Rosenberg Consulting, LLC: Scientific consultation, workshops, and training in behavioral measurement
Consulting Scientist, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis.
Faculty in Buddhist Psychology and Meditation, Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies, Berkeley, CA (since 2001).
Senior Teacher, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE),
Stanford University (2009-present)

Previous Professional Positions

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, U.C. Davis, Winter 2004 – Fall 2005
Project Director, Cultivating Emotional Balance Project, Health Psychology Program, UC San Francisco. June 2002- June 2003.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Fall 1997- Spring 2001
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Delaware, January 1995 - May 1997
Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of California at Davis, Fall 1994
Research Associate in Psychology, Human Interaction Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco, January 1991 - August 1994
Research Associate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA-Ames
Research Center, Mountain View, CA, Space Human Factors Research Division, 1984-1987

Honours and Awards

Senior Fellow, Mind & Life Institute, 2010-present
Presidential Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, March, 1995
Robert E. Harris Award for Research in Health Psychology, University of California, San Francisco, June 1994
Citation Poster Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, March, 1993
Fellow, McDonnell Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, July 1991
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1988-1991
University of California Regents Fellowship, 1987-1988
Ronald Rabedeau Memorial Scholarship, San Jose State University, 1986
San Jose State University Alumni Association Scholarship, 1985
San Jose State University Dean’s Scholar, 1983-1986

Association Memberships

American Psychological Society
International Society for Research on Emotions
Human Behavior and Evolution Society
International Society for Facial Expression Measurement and Meaning

Publications

Rosenberg, E.L. (in press). Meditation and emotion. In A. Fraser (Ed.) The healing power of meditation. Boston: Shambhala Publications.

Rosenberg, E.L., & Cullen, M.C. (in press). Working with emotions in the cultivation of compassion. In T. Singer & M. Bolz (Eds.). Compassion: Bridging practice and science (a multimedia book).

Saggar, M., King, B.G., Zanesco, A., MacLean, K. A., Aichele, S.R., Jacobs, T.L., Bridwell, D.A., Shaver, P.R., Rosenberg, E.L., Sahdra, B.K., Ferrer, E., Tang, A.C., Mangun, G.R., Mangun, G.R., Wallace, B.A., Mikkulainen, R., & Saron, C.D. (2012). Intensive meditation training induces longitudinal changes in meditation state-related EEG oscillatory activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 256-. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00256.

Jacobs, T. L., Shaver, P. R., Epel, E. S., Zanesco, A. P., Aichele, S. A., Bridwell, D. A., Rosenberg, E. L., King, B. G., Maclean, K. A., Sahdra, B. K., Kemeny, M. E., Ferrer, E., Wallace, B. A., & Saron, C. D. (in press). Self-reported mindfulness and cortisol during a Shamatha meditation retreat. Health Psychology.

Saggar, M., King, B.G., Zanesco, A.P., MacLean, K.A., Aichele, S.R., Jacobs, T.L Bridwell, D.A., Shaver, P.R., Rosenberg, E.L., Sahdra, B.K.. Ferrer, E., Tang, A.C., Mangun, G.R., Wallace, B.A., Miikkulainen, R., & Saron, C.D. (2012). Intensive training induces longitudinal changes in meditation state-related EEG oscillatory activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6. :256. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00256

Jazaieri, H., Jinpa, G.T., McGonigal, K., Rosenberg, E.L., Finkelstein, J., Simon-Thomas, E., Cullen, M., Doty, J. R., Gross, J.J., & Goldin, P.R. (2012). Enhancing compassion: A randomized controlled trial of a compassion cultivation training program. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-012-9373-z

Feist, G.J., & Rosenberg, E.L. (2012). Psychology: Perspectives and Connections, 2e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. Kemeny, M.E., Foltz, C., Cavanagh, J.F., Cullen, M. Giese-Davis, J., Jennings, P., Rosenberg, E.L., Gillath, O., Shaver, P.R., Wallace, B.A., & Ekman, P. (2012). Contemplative/Emotion training reduces negative emotional behavior and promotes prosocial responses. Emotion. 12, 338–350.

Jacobs, T.L., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Wolkowitz, O.M., Bridwell, D.A., Zanesco, A.P., Aichele, S.R., Sahdra, B.K., MacLean, K.A., King, B.G., Shaver, P.R., Rosenberg, E.L., Ferrer, E., Wallace, B.A., & Saron, C.D. (2011). Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 36, 664-681.

Sahdra, B. K., MacLean, K. A., Ferrer, E., Shaver, P. R., Rosenberg, E. L., Jacobs, T. L., Zanesco, A. P., Aichele, S. R., King, B. G., Bridwell, D. A., Mangun, G. R., Lavy, S., Wallace, B. A., & Saron, C. D. (2011). Enhanced response inhibition during intensive meditation training predicts improvements in self-reported adaptive socio-emotional functioning. Emotion, 11, 299–312.

MacLean, K.A., Ferrer, E., Aichele, S., Bridwell, D.A., King, B.G., Jacobs, T.L., Zanesco, Rosenberg 5/3/13 3
A.P, Rosenberg, E.L., Sahdra, B.K., Wallace, B.A., Shaver, P.R., Mangun, G.R., & Saron, C.D. (2010). Intensive meditation training leads to improvements in perceptual discrimination and sustained attention. Psychological Science, 21, 829–839.

Feist, G., & Rosenberg, E. L. (2010). Psychology: Making Connections. McGraw-Hill: New York.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2009). Review of: “Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the obstacles to psychological balance and compassion. A conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman, Ph.D.” In Inquiring Mind: A Semiannual Journal of the Vipassana Community. P. 37.

Ekman, P., & Rosenberg, E.L. (2005). (Eds). What the face reveals: Basic and applied studies of spontaneous expression using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS, 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rosenberg, E. L. (2004). Mindfulness and consumerism. In T. Kasser & A. D. Kanner (Eds.). Psychology and the culture of consumption, pp. 107-125. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Rosenberg, E. L., & Ekman, P. (2003). Emotion, facial expression. In G. Adelman & B. H. Smith (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 3rd Edition, New York: Elsevier Science.

Rosenberg, E.L., Ekman, P., Jiang, W., Coleman, R.E., Hanson, M., O’Connor, C., Waugh, R., & Blumenthal, J.A. (2001). Linkages between facial expressions of anger and transient myocardial ischemia in men with coronary artery disease. Emotion, 1, 107-115.

Rosenberg, E. L., & Ekman, P. (2000). Emotion: Methods of study. In A. Kasdan (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Psychology, (pp. 171-175). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press.

Rosenberg, E.L. (1998). Levels of analysis and the organization of affect. Review of General Psychology, 2, 247-270.

Rosenberg, E. L., Ekman, P., & Blumenthal, J.A. (1998). Facial expression and the affective component of cynical hostility in male coronary heart disease patients. Health Psychology, 17, 376-380.

Rosenberg, E. L., & Fredrickson, B. L. (1998). Understanding emotions means crossing boundaries within psychology. Review of General Psychology, 2, 243-246.

Ekman, P., & Rosenberg, E.L. (1997). (Eds). What the face reveals: Basic and applied studies of spontaneous expression using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). New York: Oxford University Press.

Rosenberg, E.L. (1997). The study of spontaneous facial expressions in psychology. In P. Ekman & E. L. Rosenberg (Eds). What the face reveals: Basic and applied studies of spontaneous expression using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) (pp. 3-17). New York:
Oxford University Press.

Rosenberg, E. L. (1997). Emotions as unified responses. In P. Ekman & E. L. Rosenberg (Eds). What the face reveals: Basic and applied studies of spontaneous expression using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) (pp. 86-89). New York: Oxford University Press.

Ekman, P., Rosenberg, E. L., & Chesney, M. A. (1997). Type A and facial behavior. In P. Ekman & E. L. Rosenberg (Eds). What the face reveals: Basic and applied studies of spontaneous facial expression using the facial action coding system (pp. 467-468). New York: Oxford University Press.

Rosenberg, E.L., & Ekman, P. (1995). Conceptual and methodological issues in the judgment of facial expressions of emotion. Motivation and Emotion, 19, 111-138.

Rosenberg, E.L. (1995). Facing the facts: A review of Human facial expression by A.J. Fridlund. Nature, 373, 569-570.

Rosenberg, E.L., Ekman, P., & Blumenthal, J.A. (1995). The relationship of facial expressions of emotion to Cook-Medley hostility scores: The role of contempt. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 17, 148.

Rosenberg, E.L., & Ekman, P. (1994). Coherence between expressive and experiential systems in emotion. Cognition & Emotion, 8, 201-229.

Rosenberg, E.L., Ekman, P., & Blumenthal, J.A. (1993). Patterns of emotional response in transient myocardial ischemics. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 15, 119.

Rosenberg, E.L., & Ekman, P. (1993). Facial expression and emotion. Neuroscience Year: Supplement to the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 3, 51-52.

Rosenberg, E.L., Haines, R.F., & Jordan, K. (1989). The effects of window shape and reticle presence on performance in a vertical alignment task. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 60, 543-549.

Under Review
Rosenberg, E.L., Zanesco, A.P., King, B.G., Aichele, S.R., Jacobs, T.L, Bridwell, D.A., MacLean, K.A., Shaver, P.R., Ferrer, E., Sahdra, B.K., Lavy, S., Wallace, B.A. & Saron, C.D. Training prosocial emotional responses to suffering: Facial and subjective indicators of engaged concern. Under review at Psychological Science.

Presentations and Talks
Rosenberg, E.L. (2013). Intensive meditation impacts emotional responses to human suffering. Keynote presentation at Western Psychological Conference, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA, April 20, 2013.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2013). Meditation, compassion, and the growth of prosocial behavior. Invited address at Baruch College, New York, NY, April 10, 2013.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2012). Meditation and the plasticity of emotion: Facial expression and the unfolding of emotional responses to suffering. Invited address at the University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, November 8, 2012.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2012). Measuring emotions as indicators of compassion. Invited panel presentation at the Science of Compassion meeting, Telluride, CO, July 19, 2012.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2012). Meditation and the plasticity of emotion: Facial expression and the unfolding of emotional responses to suffering. Symposium paper at the Association for Psychological Science Annual convention, Chicago, IL, May 25, 2012.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2012). Compassion measurement. Workshop presentation at the 1st International Symposium on Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO, April 27, 2012.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2011). What’s positive about negative emotions? Invited symposium presentation at the 3rd annual meeting of the International Positive Psychology Congress, Philadelphia, PA, June 26, 2011.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2011). Compassion cultivation. Invited address at the “How to train compassion” symposium, Max Planck Institute, Berlin, German, June 22, 2011.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2011). Intensive meditation and responses to suffering: Awareness, emotion, and the growth of compassion. Invited talk at the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine, UC San Francisco, March 4, 2011.

Rosenberg, E. L. (2011). Intensive meditation and emotion: Responses to scenes of human suffering. Invited colloquium presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX, January 25, 2011.

Rosenberg, E. L. (2010). The Science of Lie to Me. Invited presentation to Harvardwood Group, San Francisco, CA, June 23, 2010.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2010). Emotional changes during the course of intensive meditation. Invited symposium presentation at Hasting’s Law School, October 22, 2010.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2010). Compassion cultivation: Overview of an 8-week secular training program. Invited presentation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Stanford University, October 15, 2010.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2010). Meditation and Emotion: Observations from the interface of science, teaching, and practice. Invited address at the 3rd International Buddhism and Medicine Forum: Meditation and Health: The therapeutic benefits of Meditation in modern life. Lerab Ling Monastery, France, October 2, 2010.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2009). Intensive meditation changes emotional responses to human suffering. Invited colloquium talk. Swissnex SF Meeting, October 16, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Rosenberg, E.L. (2009). Knowing consciousness inside and out. Invited talk at the 4th annual conference on measuring consciousness from a 1st person perspective, Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazaderos, CA June 13, 2009.

Rosenberg, E.L., Zanesco, A., King, B., Aichele, S., Jacobs, T., MacLean, K., Bridwell, D., Sahdra, B., Ferrer, E., Shaver, P.,Wallace, B.A., & Saron, C. (2009). Intensive meditation training changes facial responses to scenes of human suffering. Symposium paper presented at Annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), San Francisco, CA, May 23, 2009.

Canterberry, M. Gillath, O., Rosenberg, E.L. & Cabalfin, K. (2009). The features of flirting: Males’ selection of a female flirting expression. Presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL, February 7, 2009.

Rosenberg, E.L., & Messinger, D. Advanced methodologies in research with the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). Invited workshop at the 12th Meeting of the International Society of Facial Expression Measurement and Meaning. Geneva, Switzerland, July 29, 2008.

Rosenberg, E.L. Why you need a brain to teach psychology. Invited talk for the 30th Annual National Institute of Teaching in Psychology Conference, St. Pete’s Beach, FL, January 4, 2008. Rosenberg, E. L. Meditation and health. Invited talk and meditation training session at the Center for Health Promotion, U. C. Davis, April 25, 2007.

Rosenberg, E. L. Meditation, emotions, and health: How contemplative science can inform affective science. Invited colloquium at New York University, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, October 16, 2006.

Rosenberg, E. L. Meditation, mindfulness and health. Invited talk at the Wellness Center, U. C. Davis, April 18, 2006.

Rosenberg, E. L. (Moderator): The Mindful Heart: Buddhist and Psychological Perspectives on Emotional Experience and Well-Being. A conversation between: Paul Ekman and Joseph Bobrow. California Psychological Association Annual Meeting, March 24, 2006, San Francisco, CA.

Rosenberg, E. L. Meditation: What psychologists need to know. Invited colloquium at Stanford University, Department of Psychology, Stanford, CA, February 10, 2005.

Rosenberg, E. L. Eastern Wisdom and Western Psychology. Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies, Berkeley, CA, July 11, 2004.

Rosenberg, E. L., Measuring facial movement with FACS: Technique and emotion interpretation. Invited presentation at NSF workshop on “Accelerating progress in perceptive animated interfaces and virtual humans,” San Diego, CA, April 9, 2004.

Rosenberg, E. L., Emotion in the moving face. Invited address at the “Emotion and Motion Symposium: Animation as the conjunction of science and art,” Columbus College of Art and Design, March 31, 2004.

Rosenberg, E. L. Mindfulness, meditation, and emotion regulation: Finding balance in a stressful profession. Invited presentation at UC Berkeley for the Center for Peace and WellBeing, November 1, 2003 .

Rosenberg, E. L. Compassion and healing. Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies, Berkeley, CA, June 22, 2003.

Rosenberg, E. L. Mindfulness: Research and Applications. Invited colloquium at Institute of Personality and Social Research, UC Berkeley, May 7, 2003.

Rosenberg, E. L. Meditation, emotions, and health. Invited talk. Los Gatos Community Hospital Cancer Support Group, Los Gatos, CA, October 17, 2001.

Rosenberg, E. L. Development of the Mindfulness Inventory. Poster presented at the 71st Annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD, March 24, 2000. Rosenberg, E. L. Relations between facial expression and subjective experience. Invited symposium paper. American Psychological Society Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., May 23, 1998.

Rosenberg, E.L. Emotions: What they do for us and what they do to us. Invited Colloquium for the Research Center on Group Dynamics Seminar on Emotions, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, September 22, 1997.

Rosenberg, E.L. Dispositional hostility biases the recognition and experience of anger. Paper presented as part of symposium “Individual differences in anger regulation,” American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, August 18, 1997.

Rosenberg, E. L. Affective traits and emotion recognition. Invited paper for 3rd annual meeting of the Emotions Research Group. Point Reyes, CA, April 4, 1997.

Rosenberg, E.L. The emotional functions of affective traits. Invited symposium paper presented at the ninth meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotions. Toronto, Canada, August 14, 1996.

Rosenberg, E.L., Feist, G.J., & Barron, F. Personality predictors of physical illness in an archival prospective study. Poster presented at eighth annual meeting of the American Psychological Society. San Francisco, CA, July 1, 1996.

Rosenberg, E.L. Emotions and affective traits. Invited paper presented at the 16th annual Nags Head Conferences, Highland Beach, FL, June 18, 1996.

Rosenberg, E.L. The functions and consequences of the human emotional response. Invited address, Psychology Department Colloquium, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, January 26, 1996.

Rosenberg, E.L., Ekman, P., & Blumenthal, J.A. The relationship of facial expressions of emotion to Cook-Medley hostility scores: The role of contempt. Poster presented at the 16th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA, March 1995.

Rosenberg, E.L., & Ekman, P. Judgments of facial expressions of emotion: A study of contempt. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Kona, Hawaii, April, 1994.

Rosenberg, E.L., Ekman, P., & Blumenthal, J.A. Patterns of emotional response in transient myocardial ischemics. Poster presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA, March 1993.

Rosenberg, E.L., & Ekman, P. The face as a sign of momentary emotional experience. Paper presented at the 100th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., August, 1992.

Rosenberg, E.L. Facial expression and momentary emotional experience. Invited Address, Clinical Psychology Colloquium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, February, 1992. Rosenberg, E.L., & Ekman, P. Examining the relationships between measures of momentary emotion. Paper presented at the 98th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, August, 1990.

Rosenberg, E.L. The effects of window shape and reticle presence on performance in a vertical alignment task. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, April , 1988.

Rosenberg, E.L. Effects of interior treatments on performance stress in a simulated space station setting. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA, April, 1987.

Wise, D.L., & Rosenberg, E.L. Cortisol levels in paired and pregnant hamsters. Paper presented at the fourth annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, San Diego, CA, June 1992.

Ad hoc grant reviewer

NIH Study section on facial expression recognition, Summer 2001

Ad hoc reviewer for the following journals

Psychological Science
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Emotion
Emotion Review
Cognition and Emotion
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Biological Psychology
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Review of General Psychology
Psychology and Aging
Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

Academic Teaching Experience

College of William & Mary
University of Delaware
University of California at Davis

Specialized Workshops on Facial Measurement

Facial Action Coding System (FACS) 5-day Workshops
Rutgers University
Harvard University
U.C. San Francisco
U.C. San Diego
Alliant International University
American Institutes of Research,
University at Buffalo
University of Colorado
University of Trieste
New York University
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, U.C. San Francisco
U.C. Berkeley
Imperial College, London
University of Pittsburgh
University of Leuven
Florida International University/VCom3D
University of Westminster, London
University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Concealed Emotions, University of Trieste
Lawyer’s Workshop on Facial Expressions

 

Scientific Consultation Clients
Imagine Television: Scientific consultant for Fox TV show: “Lie to Me,” Season 1, 2, and 3
Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University
Google, Inc.
Center for Spoken Language Research, University of Colorado
PrincipaI Investigator: Ronald Cole, Ph.D.
Machine Perception Lab, Salk Institute, UCSD
PrincipaI Investigator: Marni Stewart-Bartlett, Ph.D.
Machine Perception Technologies
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF
PrincipaI Investigator: Judith Moskowitz, Ph.D.
UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain
PrincipaI Investigator: Clifford Saron, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburg Affect Analysis Group
PrincipaI Investigator: Jeffrey Cohn, Ph.D.
VCom3D