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Susan Pollak, MTS, Ed.D. Senior Adviser

Susan Pollak, MTS, Ed.D.
Senior Adviser

Susan Pollak, MTS, Ed.D. is a faculty member in psychology at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, where she has taught and supervised since the mid 1990s. She is the president of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a founding member and senior adviser of Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and a psychologist in private clinical practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Pollak co-taught Mindful Self-Compassion during its early development and she is co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.

 
 
 
Christopher Germer, PhD Senior Adviser

Christopher Germer, PhD
Senior Adviser

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, a faculty member in psychology at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is a founding member and senior advisor for the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Dr. Germer is author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy.

 
 
 
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD Senior Adviser

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD
Senior Adviser

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD is Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind–body treatment, has worked for many years in community mental health with inner-city children and families, and maintains a private practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Painwhich integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain, co-editor of the acclaimed books for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and coauthor of the new professional text, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy.

 
 
 
Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH Clinician & Staff Well-Being Advisor

Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH
Clinician & Staff Well-Being Advisor

Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH is the Director of the CHA Center for Professional Development and the Jean and Harvey Picker Director of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute. Liz trained in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at CHA, and has spent her entire career here. She has held a number of clinical roles at the interface of medicine and psychiatry, including running a primary care clinic for patients with chronic mental illness and directing the medical consultation service to inpatient psychiatry. 

 
 
 
Christopher Willard, PsyD Family & Child Adviser

Christopher Willard, PsyD
Family & Child Adviser

Christopher Willard, PsyD is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults.  He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years, and leads trainings and workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), and three other books on contemplative practices with youth. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

 
 
 
Laura Warren, MD Integrated Care Adviser

Laura Warren, MD
Integrated Care Adviser

Laura Warren, MD is an outpatient psychiatrist at CHA and has been involved with CMC since its inception. She was first trained in MBSR in 2007, and completed the Meditation and Psychotherapy Certificate program in 2009, and since then has been incorporating mindfulness into her clinical practice in various ways. She is interested in using mindfulness to help patients manage stress, and to reduce burnout among healthcare professionals. She has been involved in bringing mindfulness to primary care with the MINDFUL-PC program, as well as incorporating mindfulness into the residency curriculum.

 
 
 
Sasha Oxnard, MD, MPH Primary Care Adviser

Sasha Oxnard, MD, MPH
Primary Care Adviser

Sasha Clifton Oxnard, MD, MPH is a family physician at Cambridge Health Alliance and a certified yoga-instructor. In her clinical work Dr. Oxnard specializes in group visits, integrative mental health and complementary medicine and completed a 200-hour training in Integrative Medicine through the Arizona Institute for Integrative Medicine. For the past four years Dr. Oxnard has been leading mindfulness-based group visits for primary care patients as well as teaching yoga classes for CHA patients and staff.

 
 
 
Nick Barnes, MD Resident Advisor PGY4 Psychiatry Resident

Nick Barnes, MD
Resident Advisor PGY4
Psychiatry Resident

Nick Barnes, MD is a fourth year psychiatry resident at Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Barnes was introduced to mindfulness when in medical school at Dartmouth. His interest in mindfulness sparked an interest in the brain and mind, leading him to choose psychiatry. Dr. Barnes hopes to integrate the lessons he has learned through his own mindfulness and compassion practice to be a skillful and compassionate psychiatrist.