About the Center for Mindfulness

The Center for Mindfulness is an innovative leader in mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based treatment and research investigations, pioneering the integration of meditation and mindfulness into mainstream medicine and health care. Our Stress Reduction Program continues to expand its influence worldwide with hundreds of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) clinics and free-standing programs attracting tens of thousands of people on five continents.

Directed by Dr. Saki F. Santorelli, the Center for Mindfulness is a multi-dimensional endeavor in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, within the Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Medical School is one of five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system.

Established in 1995 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Center is an out-growth of the acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, the oldest and largest academic medical center-based stress reduction program in the world. The Stress Reduction Clinic was founded in 1979 by Dr. Kabat-Zinn. Since its inception, more than 20,000 people have completed the eight-week MBSR program.

Our work has been featured on PBS in Bill Moyers’ documentary, Healing and the Mind, which was seen by more than 40 million people; on NBC’s Dateline; on ABC’s Evening News and Chronicle programs; on The Oprah Winfrey Show; and in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

The Stress Reduction Program is the subject of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best-selling book, Full Catastrophe Living and Saki Santorelli’s book, Heal Thy Self.