Tara Brach (born May 17, 1953) is an American psychologist, author and Insight Meditation teacher. She is a guiding teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW).
Brach holds bachelors degrees in psychology and political science from Clark University. "[She] earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Working as both a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher, she found herself naturally blending these two powerful traditions—introducing meditation to her therapy clients and sharing western psychological insights with meditation students. This synthesis has evolved, in more recent years, into Tara’s groundbreaking work in training psychotherapists to integrate mindfulness strategies into their clinical work."