Karen Dobkins Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego


Behavioral Neuroscience (Psych 106)
Winter 2020: Syllabus

Science of Mindfulness (Psych 175)
Winter 2019: 175 Syllabus (please note that 2020 syllabus will be up soon, and will be close to 2019

Learning Sustainable Well-Being (LSW): Principles of Clarity (Psych 88)
Fall 2019: Syllabus
For the first time ever, the Psychology Dept at UCSD has a class on “how to practice well-being“!   We even got the “Institute of the Americas” (across from RIMAC) to give us a beautiful (and free) space for this class!   This LSW class is a scaled up version of the Principles of Clarity (TMC87) class (see below).

Sensation and Perception (Psych 221)
Fall 2019: 221 Syllabus
Fall 2019: 221 Course Reader

Principles of Clarity (TMC87)
Spring 2019: Syllabus
The principles taught in this class are based on Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Cognitive Therapy (as well as Buddhism and Neuroscience). The focus is on how to live a life where our actions are aligned with our core values, get straight to the heart of a matter, identify the issues, discriminate between real threats vs. the “stories” we tell ourselves, move away from “shoulds”, take responsibility for our choices, not go into “victim mentality”, communicate needs effectively, bring love, mindfulness and compassion to all situations, and live wholeheartedly, without apology. The goal is to give you the tools you need to feel empowered and to live a life you love, with purpose and clarity.


INTENSATI (exercise + positive affirmations)

Karen Dobkins, Ph.D.

Good for your mind and body by Karen Dobkins
Details: Intensati is a powerfully invigorating practice that trains your body, mind and spirit. It combines empowering affirmations with interval training, martial arts, dance and yoga. You will leave class feeling stronger, uplifted and inspired.



Principles of Clarity with Karen Dobkins
Details: The focus is on how to live a life where our actions are aligned with our core values

Karen Dobkins, Ph.D.