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Nicole Tetreault, PhD, meditating in flowers


I'm Dr. Nicole

I am a compassionate neuroscientist, author, meditation teacher and international speaker on topics of neurodiversity, neurodevelopment, creativity, mental health, and wellness.

Nicole Tetreault, PhD

Most importantly, I am a human being just like you—learning the best ways to PRACTICE and ACT from love.

I love working with all kinds of people, from those in a corporate setting looking to increase creativity and positive leadership, to meditation retreat participants who are stepping into greater peace and opening their hearts into deeper love. 


It was my mom’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) that first propelled me to study and research PD, launching my lifelong dedication to broad scientific training in neuroscience, physiology and behavior at UC Davis, UCLA and Caltech. As my mom’s illness progressed, I found science had its limitations and I began to seek ways to manage my suffering, especially my fear of losing her.

It was then that I found my home in the ancient Asian meditation practices, which transformed my experiences with suffering. I learned when I silenced my mind, allowed my fear to rise and fall away, then opened my heart—there was love. It was through these practices that I first began to wire my mind for love.

Now, as the founder of Awesome Neuroscience, I have combined my expertise and dual passions into unique offerings of meditative practices backed by modern neuroscience.

I offer corporate trainings and teach on meditation retreats to support all kinds of people to connect to deeper peace, enhance creativity, increase joy, and wire their minds for greater well-being and a more positive psychology. 

Nicole Tetreault, PhD, sitting on concrete steps with painted red heart in background

My Credentials


PhD in Biology, Caltech

MS in course work in Physiology, UCLA 

BS in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, UC Davis


Bridges Graduate School of Diversity in Education


Beyond the Cell and Awesome Neuroscience


Insight into a Bright Mind


I have been practicing meditation since 2006 and began studying to be a meditation teacher in 2013. My training encompasses Bön, Dzogchen, Insight, and contemplative Buddhist lineages along with mindfulness and social meditation as well as a two-year MMTCP program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach through UC Berkeley Greater Good Science and Sounds True. For my full trainings list, please visit my Meditation page.

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