Mindfulness Center at Brown University

Mindfulness Center at Brown: Mindfulness Research, Training and Education

"Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally." 

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.


Mindfulness Research 

We are at a time in history when mindfulness research is rapidly expanding, and mindfulness has become a $1 billion industry in the United States alone. There is great need for methodologically rigorous research to help determine whether reported impacts of mindfulness on health are fad or fact, The Mindfulness Center at Brown leads initiatives in this area. Our researchers include experts from medicine, public health, and humanities to examine mindfulness from all angles. 

Did you know that the Brown and affiliated hospitals over the past 5 years:

  • Ranked 5th in the US for NIH grant funding on mindfulness ($10,445,940).
  • Ranked 4th in the US for number of mindfulness peer-reviewed publications (61 papers).
  • We collaborate with researchers and community-based mindfulness intervention providers across Brown University, the state of Rhode Island, nationally and internationally.  

Learning Mindfulness: Education and Training

The Mindfulness Center at Brown offers evidence-based mindful training for individuals, schools, hospitals and businesses. Training includes MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher education and training, mindfulness leadership and mindfulness workplace training for companies and organizations, mindfulness classes for individuals, and mindfulness training through global affiliates and strategic partnerships. Mindfulness training happens on-site, live on-line, and in person. 

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Mindfulness Center at Brown University Leadership

The Mindfulness Center at Brown is led by Dr. Eric Loucks, Executive Director, Dr. Judson Brewer, Director of Research and Innovation, and Dianne Horgan, Associate Director for our new Center. The Mindfulness Center is one of Brown University School of Public Health’s internationally renowned research centers and institutes

History of the Mindfulness Center at Brown 

The Mindfulness Center at Brown University was established in 2017, in collaboration with the Brown University School of Public Health, the Warren Alpert Medical School and the Contemplative Studies Initiative. Top leaders and academics in mindfulness research, came together to address the need for methodologically rigorous research into mindfulness. Recently (July - September 2018), the Mindfulness Center expanded with the addition of leading researchers, educators and leaders in the field: Judson Brewer, Dianne Horgan, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Lynn Koerbel, Brenda Fingold, Patricia Holland, Remko van Lutterfeld, Alex Roy, and Pablo Abrante. Under the direction of Eric Loucks, the Mindfulness Center at Brown is now uniquely positioned through its research, education, global presence and foundation of contemplative underpinnings to serve and grow in new directions.

 What sets us apart is a truly collaborative and rigorous approach to both research and education that brings together with a global perspective and roots in contemplative studies.




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