Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC) is an interdisciplinary center within Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).

CMC aims to enhance the health and well-being of CHA and our local community by integrating mindfulness and compassion into healthcare. Based on current scientific understanding of mindfulness and compassion, CMC encourages empirically-supported theory and practice. CMC focuses on innovation in areas of patient care, professional education, scientific research, workplace well-being, and programs for our diverse communities. Grounded in the value that mindfulness and compassion are innate human capacities that support health and well-being, CMC aims to foster an inclusive, caring and multi-cultural community that allows individuals to thrive. 

Featured News

CMC was awarded a research grant titled “Neural and Physiologic Effects of Self-Compassion on Chronic Pain” from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.  This grant will provide seed funding for a pilot neuroimaging study examining self-compassion training for people experiencing chronic lower back pain. 

CMC was awarded a research grant titled “Mindfulness Influences on Self-Regulation: Mental and Physical Health Implications” from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to participate in the NIH Science of Behavior Change Initiative. This grant will support CMC’s participation in the Mindfulness Research Collaborative with other institutions such as University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgetown University, Brown University, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.


Upcoming Events

CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) is a meditation-based method with the primary aim of helping to build compassion. CBCT has been widely researched with a number of promising outcomes, including: increased resilience to stress, improved sleep, decreased depression and loneliness, and increased hopefulness. CBCT® is offered in collaboration with Emory University. 

Dates: 4-Day Workshop: Friday - Saturday, April 14-15, 2017 and May 19-20, 2017
All days: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Timothy Harrison

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Open to: all in the community, especially those looking to cultivate compassion in their lives and work


MSC for Pain: Practical Tools for for Alleviating Pain Workshop is a day long opportunity for individuals with physical pain to join Dr. Chris Germer PhD and Dr. Susan Pollak MTS EdD for a day of self-compassion and mindfulness. When we feel pain, we instinctively tense up and worry about it. The opposite, mindfulness, is a simple mental practice that can bring significant relief to those suffering from pain. Research shows that self-compassion is powerfully associated with mental and physical wellbeing, including reduced pain. You do not need any experience with mindfulness or self-compassion to attend. All you need is an open mind and a sincere wish to live your life more fully. 

Dates: April 22, 2017, 9:30-4:30 pm - 1-Day Workshop

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Open to: all in the community, particularly those with physical pain