Kristin Neff's research interests center on the psychological health benefits of self-compassion. Self-compassion is a concept borrowed from Buddhist psychology, and entails self-kindness, feelings of interconnectedness, and mindfulness. Neff has developed a scale to measure the construct and has conducted numerous studies on the topic.
Neff is internationally recognized as a pioneering researcher into self-compassion. She is now focusing on applications of self-compassion, teaching people how to relate to themselves with greater kindness.