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.
Jacqueline Lutz, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CMC. Her research interests are in the fields of effective neuroscience, emotion regulation, mindfulness, self-referential processes, and their implication for clinical psychology. At CMC, and in collaboration with the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, she works on the integration of an fMRI pilot study within the MINDFUL-PC-project to study neural correlates of self-regulation related to mindfulness training. This research is funded by a collaborative UH2 grant through NCCIH and the NIH Common Fund Science of Behavior Change Initiative. She is also working to develop a new transitional research program to gain a more precise understanding of physiologic processes elicited by self-compassion. She is passionate about bridging contemplative sciences and neuroscience research, and about extending our understanding of alternative approaches to health in general.
Liza Pine is the Research Coordinator for the MINDFUL-PC program and the Operations Coordinator for the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Liza has enjoyed growth through her personal practice, and is thrilled to support the potential for mindfulness and compassion to cultivate systems change through her work with the MINDFUL-PC program. Liza received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she studied Neuroscience & Behavior and Spanish. Liza is passionate about community-based whole-person health, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn with CMC and Cambridge Health Alliance.
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.
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.
Angela Lozada is a research assistant for the MINDFUL-PC program. She received her B.S. in Art Therapy from Lesley University, with concentrations in Cognitive Neuroscience and Mathematics. Her main research interest involves evaluating the effectiveness of holistic groups for patients with chronic physiological and psychological illnesses. During her free time she enjoys painting beach scenes.
Alla Villafana is the outreach coordinator for the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. She was introduced to Mindfulness when she attended the Dipamkara Meditation Center in Huntington, New York. She received her B.A from Stony Brook University with concentrations in Environmental Science, Philosophy and Business. Currently, Alla is completing her prerequisite classes in nursing. In the future, she wishes to integrate mindfulness and compassion into the nursing profession.
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.