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Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference September 8-10, 2019

Stay tuned for our Executive Director and Research Director Zev Schuman-Olivier presenting at the Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference on September 8-10, 2019! More information will be updated here.


Apple Podcast: The Art of Mindfulness (posted June 23, 2019)

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier talked about mindfulness - what it means, and why it's so important. Read more here.


Podcast Episode 137: Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (posted June 16, 2019)

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier explained how mindfulness can be helpful in the reduction of anxiety and depression, as well as other chronic problems where self-management plays an important role. New models that include referrals from primary care providers can greatly enhance a person’s accessibility to beneficial mindfulness programs. Read more here.


Being Well Podcast: Healing Shame with Compassion

Dr. Chris Germer, our Senior Advisor and Instructor, talked about the power of self-compassion in healing shame. Dr. Germer explored the edges and essence of self-compassion as well as how our cultural influences affect our ability to have compassion for ourselves. Read more here.


Mindfulness and Compassion for Parents - Psychology Today (posted March 16, 2019)

Susan Pollak, our senior faculty, said, “We have decades of solid research that show that mindfulness and compassion can lower stress, decrease depression and anxiety, develop resilience, and make us kinder and more generous to others. But can it help with parenting? I believe that it can make a difference.” Read more here.


Study: Mindfulness programs prevalent

Nicholas Barnes, M.D., a resident physician in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, conducted a study on mindfulness activity within academic medicine. He said, “mindfulness is no longer a fringe concept but rather one with a substantial foothold in medicine.” Read more here.


Technology-Assisted Meditation: Is this the future of meditation? - Psychology Today (posted December 11, 2018)

Our Center recently held the first symposium on Technology-Assisted Meditation. The symposium was a thought-provoking and comprehensive look into this emerging landscape of technology in meditation practices. What are the risks? What are the benefits? Is this how we will all learn to meditate in the future? Read more here.


CMC was awarded a research grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Our center was awarded a grant titled “Mindfulness Influences on Self-Regulation: Mental and Physical Health Implications” 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.


Too impatient to meditate? A mild shock to the scalp could help - Popular Science (December 2018)

The benefits of being mindful take time, but there might be a way to speed them up. Researchers are exploring whether a technology called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can help make meditation easier and get more people to do it regularly. Read more here.


Our Team Wins Award at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Network Forum

Our research team received a first-place award for best poster presentation at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Network Forum on Friday, November 16, 2018, at the J. B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School. Read more here.


Want To Start Meditating? There's An App For That - WGBH Living Lab Radio

Meditation is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years. In its original form, it requires nothing more than a place to sit. But meditation and mindfulness have gained newfound popularity in recent years. And, as with everything else in our lives, technology seems to be creeping in — from meditation apps to experiments with brain-stimulating electronic signals.

Experts gathered in Boston at a recent symposium at Harvard University to discuss the possibilities and ramifications of technology-assisted meditation. Read more here.


With mindfulness, life’s in the moment - Changing minds in more ways than one

The popularity of mindfulness has been bolstered by research suggesting that it reduces stress, improves attention and memory, and promotes empathy. Dr. Suzanne Westbrook, one of our MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) instructors is featured for her work teaching mindfulness at Harvard. Illustration by Kathleen M.G. Howlett. Read more here.


Compassion and Mindfulness Go Hand In Hand - Psychiatric News

Our Executive Director and Research Director, Zev Schuman-Olivier, explained the importance of compassion in the progression of mindfulness practice. Read more here on page 6 and 9.


How Mindfulness May Change the Brain - Harvard Gazette

The Harvard Gazette shares how researchers have been studying the ways mindfulness meditation can change the brain in depressed patients. Our Center is among the featured groups in this article, exploring meditation’s effects on the brains of clinically depressed patients, a group for whom studies have shown meditation to be effective. Read more here


One Moment at a Time: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Hope for Addiction Treatment - BASIS, Harvard Medical School

Our Director, Zev Schuman-Olivier, helped conduct the first federally-funded, randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness intervention for addictive disorders. In an op-ed, he shares his personal journey toward mindfulness meditation and incorporating this practice into addiction treatment. Illustration by Kathleen M.G. Howlett. Read more here.


Shifting Out of Autopilot: The Health Benefits of Being Present - Scout Cambridge Magazine

Some researchers say the average person has 50,000 thoughts a day. Our Center offers a mechanism to quiet that inner traffic. Scout Cambridge, a bimonthly local lifestyle magazine, ran an extensive feature on our Center in its latest issue, focused on tools for wellness. Read more here.

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