Carnegie Mellon University

Patricia Carpenter

Patricia Carpenter

Professor Emeritus, Psychology


My primary interest is consciousness, particularly the 'embodied mind' approach in Western psychology, as well as insights from practices such as sitting meditation, tai chi/yoga, acupressure, and Buddhist psychology. I teach several courses in which we explore these topics, including: Eastern and Western Approaches to Mind/Body and Introduction to Consciousness. I also teach informal courses with retirees called "Healing Meditations." I am also a nationally certified practitioner of acupressure (Japanese shiatsu) and the Usui System of Reiki. I no longer train graduate students.


Carpenter, P. A., Davia, C. J., & Vimal, R. L. P. (2009). Catalysis, Perception and Consciousness. New Mathematics and Natural Computation. 5(1): 287-306.