Tara Well, Associate Professor of Psychology, joined the Barnard faculty in 1995. She has 20 years experience conducting research on motivation and memory. Her current research focus is the effects of mirrors on the stress response, self-objectification, narcissism, and self-compassion. She is writing a book called, “The Clear Mirror: Transforming Everyday Anxiety with Self-Acceptance ” which introduces a mirror-based meditation to transform judgments about appearance, develop self-confidence and self-compassion, and reduce stress. As a motivational psychologist, she has been using the technique with individuals and in research studies. Her research finds that mirrors can be used to reduce stress and increase self-compassion, and may be useful developing empathy and emotional intelligence.
As a Principal Investigator of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research, she has published research on personality motivation and its influence on perception of life events in the top journals in the field including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology under her former name Barbara Woike.