Zen meditator and instructor of tai chi and tae kwon do
Jim Spira is a psychologist who cares for patients with cancer, providing support as they adjust to being diagnosed, undergoing treatment, and living with the disease.
In research, Spira focuses on how self-help skills, such as meditation, can improve patients' quality of life.
Spira earned a master's degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, followed by a master of public health degree and a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Spira also completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University.
UC Berkeley, PhD, Counseling Psychology, 1991
Stanford University, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 1993