Alex Haley, JD, MBA

Assistant Professor, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH)

Alex Haley

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-9459

Office Address:
Mayo C592

Mailing Address:
Center for Spirituality & Healing
University of Minnesota
420 Delaware Street, SE, MMC 505
Minneapolis, MN 55455

JD, University of Minnesota

MBA, University of Minnesota

BA, Carleton College


Alex Haley is an assistant professor and the mindfulness program lead at the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing where he teaches, assists with research and sets the strategy for the mindfulness program area. He has been trained by the Center for Mindfulness, the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Insight Meditation Society and the Coaches Training Institute. He has practiced meditation for over 15 years, including many months of intensive retreat practice, and worked for start-ups, mid-sized companies and large multinationals both domestically and internationally in legal and business roles. Alex is a founding member of the Mindfulness for Students network and leads residential retreats around the country.

He is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) and has received his SEP certificate from the 216-hour SE professional training offered by the SE Trauma Institute. 

Alex has also been trained in trauma-informed approaches to meditation as part of his four-year teacher training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and Insight Retreat Center.


Research Summary/Interests

  • Applied mindfulness within business and legal settings
  • Somatic experiencing
  • Technology and wellbeing
  • Online learning
  • Mindfulness for educators and students


Schroeder, D., Korsakov, F., Jolton, J., Keefe, F. J., Haley, A., & Keefe, D. F. (2013). Creating widely accessible spatial interfaces: mobile vr for managing persistent pain. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 33(3), 82-89.