Betty Kramer (Chonyi)


Dr. Betty J. Kramer is a Professor of Social Work and member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a nationally recognized gerontology researcher, scholar and educator who specializes in palliative and end-of-life care and grief and bereavement. Her research has strengthened understanding of male caregivers, caregiving gains, transitions in the caregiving career, and the distinctive nature of end-of-life caregiving.

As a Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Dr. Kramer developed curriculum to highlight the importance of mindfulness for compassionate and ethically-based social action. She has 28 years experience with various forms of meditation, a long-standing interest in Eastern perspectives on mental health, and is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the recipient of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Distinguished Researcher Award (2008).

Ordained since 2004, her Dharma name is Ngakmo Chonyi.

Services offered
Practical Buddhist Wisdom talks
Grieving Mindfully workshops
Co-instructor, Foundations of Yogic Healing
Grand Transitions Conscious End-of-Life Training

Spiritual training
Foundations of Yogic Healing, 2012
Ordained ngakphang, since 2004
Sharers Training, since 2004
Daily meditation practice for 28 years