Richa Gawande, PhD is the Program and Data Manager for MINDFUL-PC: Integrating Mindfulness into Primary Care at the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. She is passionate about mindfulness practice and teaching, and making mindfulness accessible to underserved populations. She is excited to be integrating mindfulness into the heart of medical care and researching the effects of mindfulness on patient and provider health. She has a background in tuberculosis biology and public health and is interested in the intersection of mental and physical health. She hopes to bring passion and compassion to mindfulness research and teaching as part of the team at the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion.
Eunmi (Jina) Kim is a Research Fellow at CMC, and a research scientist of the Heart-Smile Research Institute in South Korea. Prior to working at CMC, she worked with Catherine E. Kerr at Brown University. During her PhD thesis on mind-body medicine at the Seoul University of Buddhism, she worked as a visiting scholar at the Data Center for Korean EEG at Seoul National University. She completed her undergraduate studies at KAIST in Korea, where also got her Masters in Chemistry and IT Management. She worked as a researcher at LG Chem Research Park, and Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute. Trained in yoga in India and meditation in Burma, she is now a qualified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher, and a teacher-in-training of MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion). She has been involved in bringing Heart-Smile Training and Research to CMC and its community.
Bridget Kiley is the Research Center Coordinator, managing events, programs and overall center operations. Bridget earned her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice & Sociology and Master of Science in Counseling from Villanova University. She has conducted qualitative research looking at the implementation of mindfulness-based programs in K-12 schools. Bridget comes to CMC with experience working as a webmaster for Copper Beech Institute, a mindfulness and contemplative-based retreat center in her hometown of West Hartford, CT and having participated in Penn Program for Mindfulness and Mindful Schools training. Most recently, she lived and worked in Athens, Greece through a Fulbright Grant. Energized by the power of learning and the heartful community at CMC and CHA, Bridget is grateful for the opportunity to grow through her experiences in this role.
My Ngoc To is the Research Coordinator for the MINDFUL-PC Program at the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. She studied Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology during her undergraduate at Harvard. Having benefited from her own personal practice and worked with many diverse populations, My Ngoc's research interests center around cultural and integrative psychiatry. As a published author and visual artist, My Ngoc is also passionate about narrative medicine. She is both thrilled and grateful for this opportunity to join the CMC in its mission to integrate mindfulness and compassion into healthcare.
Angela Lozada is the MINDFUL-PC Referral Coordinator. Angela first joined CMC as research assistant for the MINDFUL-PC clinical research program in 2015, after graduating from Lesley University where she received her B.S. in Art Therapy, with concentrations in Cognitive Neuroscience and Mathematics.
After one year of expanded growth in the MINDFUL-PC program, she currently coordinates the recruitment and enrollment process. Witnessing herself the transformative experience mindfulness meditation offers, she is compassionate about providing therapeutic space, patient advocacy, and contributing to evidence-based research. During her free time she enjoys creating process orientated artwork.
Alex Brunel is a research assistant for the MINDFUL-PC program. A Wellesley College graduate, Alex was a Gestalt therapist in England before returning to the USA in 2016. In addition to studying meditation, yoga, and Movement Psychology in London, she provided social and commercial Qualitative research for public and private bodies across the UK, Europe and Asia. In her spare time she renovated houses including a 17th century thatched cottage in an English village and a garden flat in Edinburgh. She likes tennis, music, cycling and her family and doesn't have much time for anything else.
Jody Daniels is the Workplace Mindfulness Project Manager and an instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance. She is also an adjunct professor in the graduate healthcare management program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Formerly a senior V.P. with over 20 years’ experience in human resources with a mid-size healthcare organization, Jody also has over eight years’ clinical experience as a psychiatric social worker at various academic medical centers. She has trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA and has been a mindfulness practitioner for the past six years.
Jessica (Jessi) Somogie is a part of the research and outreach team at the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Jessica studied Secondary Education and English with concentrations in Spanish and Creative Writing during her undergraduate at the College of Charleston. Teaching adolescents and working closely with children illuminated Jessica’s passion to contribute further to the field of mental health and psychology. Jessica’s interests lie in child advocacy, mental health, neuroscience, and bioethics. Mindfulness continues to be a transformative practice in Jessica’s life. As Jessica continues her education and involvement with the non-profit Adolescent Wellness, she is grateful to have the opportunity to join CMC’s community of Mindfulness and Compassion!
Tom Fatkin is an Undergraduate Fellow for the Research Track supporting the CMC MINDFUL-PC program. He is a current student at Tufts University, who aims to graduate in 2018 with a double major in Psychology and Chinese. Although he currently lives in the US, Tom is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and has also spent time in the UK. Despite the fact that he was only exposed to mindfulness a few years ago, he has quickly incorporated it into his life, and is excited to explore mindfulness and self compassion more at the center. In the future, he hopes to further pursue research into clinical psychology, and potentially a career in therapy.
Palak Khanna is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Tufts University, with a focus of studies on gender, conflict, and alliances in the region of South Asia in addition to a broader understanding of the 'health' of minority communities in the US. The desire to bring "mindfulness practice" in its multiplicity of forms to underrepresented communities of color is what draws Palak to CMC, and she is grateful for the supportive community of staff who share her desire. During her time here at the center thus far, Palak has been working to help pilot a study in primary care waiting rooms involving patients listening to audio mindfulness recordings. The vision as a center is to use the feedback received to understand if these recordings and the practice may be useful for them in the waiting room setting. Palak has additionally been working on charting the growth of compassion and self-compassion specific research and interventions to trace its history and consider the gaps that exist.
Tobie Kim was a Fall 2017 Undergraduate Fellow for the Community Health Track. She is currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Medical Humanities at Boston College. She is new to mindfulness and has enjoyed learning and experiencing its effects in her daily life by both supporting and attending the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and other mindfulness groups at CMC. Tobie is interested in pursuing a career in clinical psychology or clinical social work.
Ethan Simon was the Summer 2017 Undergraduate Fellows for Community Health Track supporting CMC programming and offerings. This past summer Ethan worked on creating the CMC recording studio and engineered, edited, and produced over thirteen hours of guided meditation audio recordings for the CMC community. Ethan also developed and co-taught a "Mindfulness Through the Senses" curriculum to engage CMC staff in an introduction to mindfulness. The intention of this event was to help CMC staff bring mindfulness into their everyday lives through the five sensory avenues. Ethan is currently an undergraduate student at Skidmore College as a double major in Psychology and Business & Management. Ethan is the manager of the music and cognition lab at Skidmore and also is in a band called Campo (Listen on Spotify/iTunes).