Gamaiunova Liudmila (English)

Gamaiunova_L_2020.jpeg (Liudmila Gamaiunova)

Doctoral student

Psychology of religion

Institute for Social Sciences of Religions (ISSR)

Office: 5066
Email : liudmila.gamaiunova<at>

Areas of specialization:
Stress and Coping
Affective sciences
Religion/Spirituality and Health
Contemplative practices

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Liudmila obtained her first degree in Russia for a psycholinguistic work on mental representations in different cultures. She continued her studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Lausanne, where she obtained a M.A. degree in Psychology of Religion. Her master thesis was devoted to the study of mechanisms of coping and stress management among Sufi practitioners of an Iranian branch.

Her interest in contemplative practices and stress led her to research on Buddhist meditation and its effect on the stress management. At this moment, Liudmila is a PhD candidate at the University of Lausanne, where she is working on a project under the direction of Professor Pierre-Yves Brandt (Institute of Social Sciences of Religions, University of Lausanne) and co-supervision of Prof. Dr. Matthias Kliegel (Laboratory of Cognitive Aging, University of Geneva). In this project supported by Cogito Foundation, SNSF Doc. Mobility program, and Mind & Life Institute, she studies the mechanisms underlying Buddhist contemplative practices and their clinical applications, combining psychophysiological and phenomenological approaches.

Apart from the solid training in Religious Studies that she received at the University of Lausanne, Liudmila acquired important methodological skills at the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab at Stanford University in the United States, and a high quality training in Affective Sciences at the doctoral school of the Interfaculty Center in Affective Sciences (CISA) in Geneva. She has also had an editorial experience working as an assistant to the chief editor in a peer-reviewed journal, and has been involved in the organization of two scientific symposiums in the field of Psychology of Religion.