Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

  • Please join Brown Contemplative Studies for a gong sound bath with gongmasters Joy Quinn Blum and Subhadra Newton on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 4:00pm - 5:00pm in Alumnae Hall Auditorium.   This event is free and open to the public. 

  • Please join Brown Contemplative Studies for a lecture by Daniel Hirshberg, The Rhetoric of Secularism in Contemplative Pedagogy, on Monday, September 30th from 6 - 7:30 pm in Smith-Buonanno, Rm. 106.  Please join us as well for Prof. Hirshberg's workshop, Contemplating the Smartphone Dis/Connect, on Tuesday, October 1st from 10 am - 12 pm in the Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall.  All events are free and open to the public. 




  • We are excited to be able to offer an array of Contemplative Studies courses for Fall 2019. Click to learn more!

  • Check out our new lectures and events for the Fall Season!

  • Congratulations to Jodi! Click to read more about this exceptional student!


Faculty Profile

Ellen Flynn

Ellen Flynn, MD MTS,  Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine,  Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University. Dr. Flynn received her medical degree and completed residency training in adult psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School . After residency she went on to do a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at  Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, she holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She is dual board certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine with clinical expertise in perinatal psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and mindfulness-based interventions in health care. She has been training in mindfulness for over 25 years; and is a formally certified MBSR instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. In addition to teaching MBSR at the Women's Medicine Collaborative, she is also the Director of the Resilience Project with the Embodied Neuroscience Lab at Brown University. This project is dedicated to creating innovative mindfulness curricula for medical education and researching the impact of mindfulness on student and physician well-being. Dr. Flynn leads mindfulness and mindfulness retreats at the medical school, in the psychiatry residency program and is an advisor for undergraduates in the Contemplative Studies Concentration. Her research includes the impact of mindfulness interventions on chronic medical conditions including asthma, IBS and chronic pelvic pain as well as on cancer survivorship. She is an Attending Psychiatrist at Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, affiliated with the Lifespan Physician Group and Miriam Hospital.


Tue, October 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, October 2, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM