Our Research


Our research programs aim to investigate the impact of mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions on outcomes of health and well-being, on the underlying neural mechanisms of self-regulation, and on healthcare system transformation. Please see below for a description of our ongoing research projects.  

MINDFUL-PC: Integrating Mindfulness into the Patient-Centered Medical Home

With generous support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, CMC began its first core implementation project, MINDFUL-PC, which aims to study the impact of mindfulness training on CHA primary care patients and primary care providers, focusing on health outcomes, well-being, and the patient-provider relationship.

The current clinical service and research program offers clinical mindfulness groups for CHA Primary Care patients. This program is embedded into a randomized controlled trial, investigating effectiveness of referral-based, insurance-reimbursable mindfulness groups on health outcomes for patients. We are currently recruiting CHA primary care patients for this study. Click here for enrollment requirements and contact information.

As part of MINDFUL-PC, CMC was awarded a research grant, “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 supports CMC’s participation in the Mindfulness Research Collaborative with other institutions such as University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgetown University, and Brown University. In collaboration with Gaelle Desbordes, PhD, at the MGH/HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, CMC is studying the impact of mindfulness training on the underlying neural mechanisms of self-regulation for patients who are participating in MINDFUL-PC. Learn more about participating in our research.

Mindful Self-Compassion and Pain

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, with additional funding support from the Mind and Life Institute.  This grant provides seed funding for a pilot neuroimaging study examining mindful self-compassion training for people experiencing chronic lower back pain, studying which types of interventions might be helpful for chronic lower back pain. Click here to learn more about participating.