Peter Lin, Ph.D.

Peter Lin, Ph.D.

Associate Chair, Professor and Coordinator of Mindfulness and Contemplative Living Minor

Psychology BK



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Ph.D., Clinical Health Psychology, Yeshiva University

M.S., Biostatistics (Theory and Method Track), Columbia University

B.A., Chemistry and Psychology, Queens College, CUNY


Dr. Peter Lin is a licensed Psychologist who specialized in mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy. He received an M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from Yeshiva University (Ferkauf Graduate School & Albert Einstein College of Medicine).

His primary clinical fellowship was at Weill Cornell Medical College, and his postdoctoral training was at the HIV Research Center of Columbia University. Dr. Lin’s previous training in therapeutic modalities includes experiences in individual and group psychotherapy, both brief and long-term interventions with various theoretical perspectives, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamics. Throughout his clinical trainings, he has worked with young adults, adults, and elderly who suffered from anxiety, depression, and personality disorders at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYU-Bellevue Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center and New York Hospital.

Dr. Lin has been teaching at St. Joseph’s University since 2006. In 2016, he was the recipient of the S. Mary Florence Award for Teaching Excellence and Impact.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Dr. Lin has great interest in the integration of Eastern Buddhism and Western psychotherapy. He also has a strong passion in photojournalism and therapeutic photography. At St. Joseph’s University, Dr. Lin has developed the Mindfulness and Contemplative Living Minor. Through his professional interests, students are exposed to various ways of cultivating insight, such as photography, zazen, tea ceremony, judo and study abroad in Asia. Dr. Lin has years of training in Chan (Chinese Zen) practice, and is currently a Chinese Zen Meditation teacher in the Dharma Drum Mountain Chan lineage. He is also actively involved in disaster relief, as a commissioner of Buddhist Tzu Chi Compassion Relief Foundation.

Dr. Lin have earned much respect for his disaster mental health and photojournalist expertise. His photos of Hurricane Sandy relief were showcased by the New York Times, by the Taiwan Consulate in NYC, by NY State Congress, and by The Museum of the City of New York (200 photos were selected over 10,000 as permanent collection). As a rare honor, his relief work in South Africa won the first place in the Red Cross International Humanitarian photography competition in Taiwan.

Select Publications

Seiden, H, Lin, P., & Fried, W.  (2020). “Ox Herding” and the Art of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. DIVISION/Review, 20, 36 -44.

Chang, J., & Lin, P, Hoffman, E. (2020). Music major, affects, and positive music listening experience. Psychology of Music

Chang, J., Lin, P., & Seiden, H. (2019). Music performance and education: a case presentation of mindfulness approach in higher education. The Journal of Performance and Mindfulness, 2(2). doi:

Lin, P., & Seiden, H. (2015). Parallel algorithms in Zen and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association, 63(4), NP5-NP10.

Lin, P., & Seiden, H. (2014). Mindfulness and psychoanalytic psychotherapy: a clinical convergence. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32(2), 321-333.

Lin, P. & Chang, J. (2011). Home at last. In R. Boyer (Ed.), Flowers in the Snow: Mindfulness in Action (pp. 227 – 253). Taiwan: Jing Si Publication.

Lin, P., Chang, J., Zemon, V., & Midlarsky, E. (2007). Silent Illumination: A study on Chan (Zen) meditation, anxiety, and musical performance quality. Psychology of Music, 36(2), 139-155.

Carballo-Diéguez, A., Exner, T., Dolezal, C., Pickard, R., Lin, P., & Mayer, K. (2007). Rectal microbicide acceptability: Results of a volume escalation trial. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 34(4), 224-229.

Carballo-Diéguez, A., O’Sullivan, L., Lin, P., Dolezal, C., Pollack, L., & Catania, J. (2007). Awareness and attitudes regarding microbicides and nonoxynol-9 use in a probability sample of gay men. AIDS & Behavior, 11(2), 271-276.

Carballo-Diéguez A, Dowsett G, Ventuneac A, Remien R, Balan I, Dolezal C, Luciano O, & Lin, P. (2006). Cybercartography of popular Internet sites used by New York City MSM interested in bareback sex. AIDS Education and Prevention, 18(6), 475-489.

Lin, P., Simoni, J., & Zemon, V. (2005). The Health Belief Model, sexual behaviors, and HIV risk among Taiwanese immigrants. AIDS Education and Prevention, 17(5), 469-483.

Chang, J., Midlarsky, E., & Lin, P. (2003). Effects of meditation on music performance anxiety. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 19, 126-130.


春は花 (Flowers in the spring)
夏ほととぎす(Cuckoos in the summer)
秋は月 (moon in the autumn)
冬雪さえて すずしかりけり (chilly snows in the winter)

— Dōgen Zenji, Japanese Soto Zen founder