Director, Mindfulness Center
Dr. Loucks is Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Medicine at Brown University, as well as Director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown. He has held teaching positions at Harvard, McGill and Brown Universities. Dr. Loucks is formally trained in cardiovascular physiology, social epidemiology, and mindfulness interventions. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications. His work on mindfulness and cardiovascular health has been widely distributed through media organizations such as TIME Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, CNBC, and The Washington Post. Dr. Loucks and his colleagues were among the first to show associations of dispositional mindfulness with cardiovascular health, and they developed the first consensus theoretical framework of how mindfulness meditation could potentially reduce risk for cardiovascular disease. He is now implementing practical applications of the work, including randomized controlled trials of mindfulness interventions to address social disparities in cardiovascular disease.
Practically, Dr. Loucks has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice for almost 20 years. He is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. Dr. Loucks is experienced teaching a number of mindfulness-based interventions including MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP). He is the lead developer of MB-BP, and with his colleagues currently has a $4.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate effectiveness of MB-BP and other mindfulness-based interventions.
Dianne E. Horgan
Associate Director, Mindfulness Center
Serving as the Associate Director for the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, Dianne Horgan melds her professional experience as an organizational leader and manager with her strong interest and education in psychology and human development, and her meditation and mindfulness practice of more than twenty-five years.
Dianne’s previous professional career highlights include working in both for and non-profit organizations:
- Chief of Operations, UMASS Center for Mindfulness
- Director of Finance and Resource Management, WGBH Educational Foundation (Public Television and Radio), Development and Membership Divisions
- Executive Director, Insight Meditation Society
- Director of Graduate Admissions, WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
- Director of Administration, Bowditch & Dewey
- Director of Human Resources, Limbach, Inc.
Throughout her life, Dianne has been involved in social and community issues. As a young adult still in college, she was a volunteer counselor at Everyday People, a non-profit organization serving the homeless and young adults in trouble. She co-created the President’s Steering Committee on Diversity and co-chaired the Sustainability Committee at WGBH. In 1985 she was honored at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for her work with African Americans; and won the 1997 Woman of Distinction Award by the Montachusett Girl Scouts.
Additional community involvement includes serving on the Boards of the Insight Foundation and the Dharma Vihara Foundation, personal commitments to the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and Music Worcester, and interests in classical music, theatre, kayaking, nature walks, and silent retreats.
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Director of Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center
Judson Brewer MD PhD is an internationally known thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center and associate professor of psychiatry at the Medical School. Dr. Brewer has developed novel mindfulness programs for behavior change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. His current research interests include the intersection between mindfulness, emotion regulation and behavior change. His lab is studying this via multiple modes, including linking theoretical models to behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of action using experience sampling (aka ecological momentary assessment), EEG (e.g. source-estimated EEG neurofeedback), and fMRI methodologies. Additionally, his work bridges basic and clinical sciences through translational research that includes design, testing, and implementation of digital therapeutics in real-world settings. His work has been featured on 60 minutes, at TED.com (4th most viewed talk of 2016 with over 10 Million views), in documentaries, books and news outlets across the world. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).