The Science of RI

Responsive Intelligence™ has a wealth of research based benefits. RI integrates the three pillars, mindfulness, emotional awareness and positive thoughts and actions, each with their own body of evidence that lead to improvements across many significant areas of life. Some highlights of the benefits are reduced stress, improved focus, better connection with others, and more life satisfaction. The ultimate benefit of RI is it transforms an individual from living a life based on reacting from stress and a cluttered mind to being empowered to choose a life filled with positive thoughts and actions.


Reduces stress, anxiety and worry
Improves attention and memory
Benefits social and relational skills

Emotional Awareness

Improves resilience
Improves relationships
Improves communication skills

Positive Thoughts and Actions

Kindness increases the love hormone
Compassion increases happiness
Gratitude improves self-esteem

Science Advisers

Responsive Intelligence advisors consist of experts in the fields of neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology. RI collaborates with this team to create gold-standard products and trainings.

Dr. Christopher Willard

Dr. Christopher Willard, PsyD

Science Adviser

Dr. Christopher Willard, (PsyD) is a renowned author, international speaker, and Harvard Medical School lecturer on mindfulness and psychology. He is the author of many books including Growing Up Mindful (2016) and, the soon to be released, Raising Resilience (2017). He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is the President of the Mindfulness in Education Network.

Dr. Julia Evans

Dr. Julia Evans

Thought Partner

Dr. Evans is one of the leading researchers in the area of statistical learning, lexical and phonological processing deficits in children with specific language impairment. Her recent research focuses on time-course and cortical activity data from eye tracking and anatomically constrained MEG studies. This research shows that children with SLI use atypical, visually based strategies to comprehension language. Dr. Evans’ previous work focused on dynamic system accounts of lexical and grammatical processing deficits in children with specific language impairment. Dr. Evans earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, her master’s at Columbia University and her PhD at the University of Michigan.

Seham Kafafi, MSc

Seham Kafafi MSc

Science Adviser

Seham Kafafi, the Assistant Manager of Responsive Intelligence, has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness: Neuroscience and its Clinical Applications from the Institute of Psychology at King's College London. With her scientific research experience, she supports the evidence-base for RI programming. Seham teaches mindfulness workshops and classes and combines her expertise in mindfulness and science to help deliver evidence-based strategies to RI clients.