Dallas Ducar is a researcher, contemplative, and nurse practitioner. Dallas now serves as Clinical Lead for Mental Health Services at the MGH Transgender Health Program. Inspired by others, Dallas’ main research interests include ethics, contemplative sciences, trauma, and resilience. Her primary methodology harnesses the power of ethics and prosociality, collaborating with vulnerable populations using the Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) model. She continually works to create a more celebratory and open hearted queer-friendly healthcare environment. Dallas' philosophical work centers on neuroethics and identity theory. Much of her current writings focus contemporary investigations into neuroscience, cognition, and existentialism. She believes that meaning-making is crucial to a healthy life.
Dallas’ main research interest focuses on the mind-body connection and the relationship to moral behavior and identity. Her past work has concerned contemplative practices, intentional living, and the effects of stress on our neurological wiring, immunological functioning, and the entirety of our well-being. Dallas is also pursuing further areas of clinical research and to explore how various cognitive processes may affect the healing process of the body and the psychosocial health of patient populations.
Dallas has also taught courses in ethics, cognitive psychology, history, and biology. She has a great passion for the outdoors and loves to play both the drums and mandolin.