Tucker is a meditation teacher and clinical psychologist whose specialties include working with advanced meditators and using meditation to help those suffering from psychological disorders. Tucker has taught in numerous settings, including several mental health centers and in the nation of Bhutan, though perhaps his favorite mode of teaching is over video chat, allowing students the convenience of participating from wherever they are.
Tucker began formal training in meditation in 2005 and has studied with Sharon Salzberg of the Insight Meditation Society and Upasaka Culadasa (Dr. John Yates) of Dharma Treasure. Culadasa approved Tucker to teach meditation, and Culadasa’s own authorization to teach can be traced, through Ananda Bodhi, back to the historical Buddha.
Tucker received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brown University, and he received his Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the College of Science at the University of Arizona. Tucker is a published author on the scientific study of meditation, and much of his research focuses on how meditation affects the brain. He is a faculty member of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Director of Palo Santo Psychotherapy & Wellness, a clinic integrating traditional psychotherapy with complementary and alternative medicine. He is the president of the Tucson Community Meditation Center and co-founder and director of the Pragmatic Dharma Foundation, which provides scholarships to meditation retreats.