About me

Dr. Samuel Fernandez-Carriba is a clinical psychologist and mindfulness and compassion meditation instructor with more than 20 years of experience serving professionals and families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities, as well as other populations in distress. He does this currently worldwide, particularly in the US, Spain and Latin America.


He obtained his PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, USA. His CBCT® (Cognitively Based Compassion Training) Instructor Certificate, Senior Level, from Emory University, allows him to investigate and apply clinically CBCT® to families and providers and to teach strategies to foster resilience and social competence nationally and internationally to populations under high stress. His recent work has led to three peer-reviewed articles (see, for example, a study using a brief Mindfulness intervention during the COVID-19 lockdown or another with families of children and adolescents with autism) several book chapters and it has been covered by CNN (see, in Spanish, https://cnn.it/2hIhKiG).

Scientific Publications

From studies  on biological determinants and evolutionary history of human emotions and communication, as observed in the chimpanzee; to the field of autism, a condition with challenges in social communication; and within the context of compassion, a practice fostering emotional self-regulation and social connection.

Public Presentations

See a list of recent most relevant presentations, with links to videos on the topic of compassion as a emotional self-regulation strategy and social skill that can be cultivated. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion" (the Dalai Lama, 2012, Beyond Religion, p. 48).

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