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


Mindfulness and Biofeedback for Resilience and Self-Regulation Workshop

"Together, mindfulness and biofeedback provide us with a powerful approach to optimizing our ability to self-regulate and increase resilience in the face of life challenges." Learn how to integrate mindfulness and biofeedback in resilience and self-regulation training, improving overall health and well-being.  Participants will learn how to use intuitive biofeedback technology suitable for adults and children, and will have the opportunity to purchase mobile and computer devices at a discount. Biofeedback devices and hands-on training will be available as part of the workshop.  

Dates: Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2017

8:30 - 5:30 p.m. both days, includes two 15 minute breaks and hour break for lunch

Cost: $299 (need-based scholarships are available) *CHA Patients and Staff get 50% off - contact us to learn more

CE credits:  Pending for psychologists and social workers

Location: Harvard SOCH (Student Organization Center at Hilles) 59 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Instructor: Clinical psychologist Inna Khazan, PhD BcB

Register and learn more  

Open to: all in the community. No meditation or biofeedback experience required.