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Exponential Expansion of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University

We are pleased to announce that Florence Meleo-Meyer, Lynn Koerbel, Brenda Fingold, Patti Holland and Dianne Horgan have recently joined the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, expanding and deepening Brown’s commitment to and investment in the field. The Center’s offerings will expand to include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs, research, professional education, leadership and workplace trainings, along with new partnerships and affiliates.  The Mindfulness Center is one of Brown University School of Public Health’s internationally renowned research centers and institutes

Our Center will be under the leadership of Dr. Eric Loucks, Dianne Horgan, and Dr. Judson Brewer.  Jud will join the Center on September 1st to serve as Director of Research and Innovation. Dianne is the Associate Director for our new Center. 

We are currently building the infrastructure at Brown and will launch exciting programs this fall, including:

  • Live-online trainings
  • Professional certificate programs grounded in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)
  • Leadership and workplace programs cross-culturally and globally
  • Community-oriented programs
  • Global affiliates and strategic partnerships

The Mindfulness Center at Brown launched in September 2017 in collaboration with the Brown University School of Public Health, the Warren Alpert Medical School and the Contemplative Studies Initiative. What sets us apart is a truly collaborative and rigorous approach to both research and education that brings together researchers as well as experts from medicine, public health, and humanities to examine mindfulness from all angles. Now with the addition of our new faculty, staff and programs, we will be able to serve our global community in even bigger and better ways.

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).

Please check this website over the next few weeks and months as new programs and events that are in development become available.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact our team with any questions or comments that you may have at mindfulnesscenter@brown.edu.

Mission Statement

As mindfulness research and services are rapidly expanding in society, the mission of this Center is to:

  1. Perform high quality, methodologically rigorous research about the impacts of mindfulness on health, inclusive of multiple mindfulness intervention typologies.
  2. Provide collaborative, evidence-based resources to providers (e.g. hospitals, schools, businesses) in the state of Rhode Island and beyond who are interested in offering mindfulness-based interventions.  

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

~Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.

Overview 

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, as well as the provision of evidence-based services to match the greatly increasing demand by community members, including schools, hospitals and businesses. The Mindfulness Center at Brown University leads initiatives in these areas. We collaborate with researchers and community-based mindfulness intervention providers across Brown University, the state of Rhode Island, nationally and internationally.