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. 

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Featured News

Hot off the press!  
CMC’s 8-week Mindfulness Training for Primary Care helps primary care patients with chronic illness initiate health behavior change as published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  

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CMC Research Team Received First-Place Award for Best Poster Presentation at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Network Forum CMC’s poster, “Impacts of mindfulness training in primary care on patient self-regulation and accessibility,” was selected for first place out of 45 submissions. Posters were judged on how well they highlighted research across the translational science spectrum. The winners were chosen for their innovation, rigor, and impact. Read more.


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 Courses & Events


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course

Instructors: Susie Fairchild and Jorge Armesto

Dates: February 4 - April 8, 2019, Monday Evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 PM (Retreat: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 - 1:30 PM)

Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143, 2nd Floor Community Room

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Mind in Labor: A Childbirth Workshop
3-Day Non-Residential Workshop with Danielle Schuman-Olivier, CNM, MSN

Friday, February 8 - Sunday, February 10

Workshop Location: CHA Cambridge Hospital, 
Learning Center A&B, 2nd Floor, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Note: This workshop requires a minimum of 7 couples

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FREE Monthly Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series!

Dates: Monday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, September 2018 through June 2019

Location: alternating locations: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central St, 2nd floor, Somerville, MA 02143 and Harvard University, Mt. Auburn Room 2nd Floor, Smith Campus Center, 1350 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

See our Workshops & Trainings page for full lineup of lectures!

Offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion of Cambridge Health Alliance, and David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services.


Stay tuned for how to access the Symposium on Technology-Assisted Meditation at Harvard University online!

Click here to learn more about the Symposium.