Robert Waldinger, M.D.

Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Professor of Psychiatry

Robert Waldinger, MD, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and Zen priest. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development. Begun in 1938 and continuing to this day, it is the longest study of human wellbeing ever conducted. Dr. Waldinger is the author of The Good Life (co-authored with Marc Schulz), which examines the central role of relationships in shaping our health and wellbeing. His TEDx talk on this subject is one of the ten most viewed talks in the history of TED. To learn more, visit and Dr. Waldinger also teaches Zen meditation in Massachusetts ( and internationally.