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From Training your Brain and Mind towards a more Caring Society: Effects on Mental Training on Brain, Well-being, Health, and CooperationPresentations from the UMMS Academic Interest Group on Mindfulness

Thursday, October 20, 2016
5:00 - 7:00pm
The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health care and Society
222 Maple Ave, 
Shrewsbury, MA
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Mindfulness Training in Marines

Lori Haase, PhD – July 14, 2014

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There is increasing evidence that Mindfulness Training (MT) modulates the neural networks involved in attentional control, emotional regulation, and interoception. Military personnel represent a unique cohort that is highly susceptible to prolonged exposure to stressful environments, placing them at increased risk for cognitive, emotional, and physiological compromise. Characterizing the degree to which MT alters cognitive and affective processing is a first step to develop more targeted interventions. This presentation will focus on a study that investigated whether MT modulates the brains response to interoceptive distress in Marines preparing for combat deployment to Afghanistan.

Lori Haase, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and completed her doctoral training the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Haase's training specialized in neuropsychological assessment; however, she also received extensive training in multiple empirically supported treatments. In addition to her clinical training, Dr. Haase is also a neuroscientist. She has published 13 peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented a multiple national and international scientific meetings. She is currently investigating the neural substrates of resilience and optimal performance and their modification through mindfulness training. She has worked closely with a number of different elite performers including Special Operations Forces, elite adventure racers, Olympic Swimmers, Olympic Cyclists, and RedBull Athletes. Dr. Haase has spent a number of years practicing yoga, is a mindfulness practitioner and is currently in the process of completing her teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.

Please Pay Attention Now (It Could Change your Brain):
Mechanisms of Mindfulness

A presentation by Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
March 10, 2014

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Judson Brewer, MD, PhD is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associateJudson Brewer, Md, PhD professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He also is adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions, including both in-person and app-based treatments. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and is currently translating these findings into clinical use. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences, presented to the US President's Office of National Drug Control Policy, and has been featured at TEDx, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, Businessweek, NPR and the BBC among others. He writes an addiction blog for The Huffington Post.
Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of interest in how contemplative practices such as meditation can inform science and how science can inform these practices. Recent advances in neuroscience have begun to unravel the mysteries of how mindfulness practices affect not only behavior, but the structure and function of the brain itself. This presentation will first touch on psychological mechanisms of how mindfulness decouples craving from behavior, using evidence from clinical trials of smoking. It will then discuss neuroscientific findings from novice and experienced meditators that provide clues to how this decoupling may manifest in the brain.

Mindfulness and MBSR at UMMS: Past, Present and Near-Term Future

A presentation by Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA
October 7, 2013

Saki F. Santorelli

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the internationally-acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic and Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, he has worked with thousands of medical patients and has educated and helped mentor generations of practitioners and researchers of mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), engaging in more than 30,000 clinical hours of MBSR.

In 2001, he founded Oasis Institute - a comprehensive professional education and training program leading to teacher certification in MBSR. In 2003, he founded and is Chair of an annual scientific conference on mindfulness entitled Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness into Medicine, Health Care and the Society. 2014 marks the 12th year of this annual, international meeting. In 2011, established the annual John and Tussi Kluge Translational Research Symposium on Mindfulness. Saki teaches and presents internationally and is the author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine.

On the cusp of the 35th anniversary of introducing and investigating mindfulness in mainstream medicine and health care, Saki looks through the lens of history to explore the development, implementation, and global dissemination of mindfulness and MBSR at UMMS.

He focuses on what he and his colleagues at the CFM have learned over these years and how this is shaping their present initiatives and future direction for mindfulness at UMMS and the broader society in the next several years.

As participants in the Mindfulness AIG, how we might collectively lend our hands and hearts to this process was the underlying dynamic of this talk.

Confronting Illness: Teaching MBSR and Being a Psychotherapist

A presentation by Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW

June 10, 2013

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Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, is a leader in the clinical application of mindfulness meditation to cancer care. During this talk, Elana will speak from a personal and professional perspective, about her experience as a psychotherapist and her use of mindfulness in Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW psychotherapy; particularly her specialty in working with cancer patients.

She has authored Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness (Satya House, 2007), and Being Well (even when you're sick)(Shambala, 2012), the basis of many workshops, and created audio-CDs with guided meditations. In 1995 she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and subsequently underwent stem-cell transplantation. Her ability to thrive and embody mindfulness in the face of adversity led to the development of a mindfulness-based intervention for bone marrow transplant patients at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Emery University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Elana worked directly with Jon Kabat-Zinn as one of the founding teachers at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and continues to teach as a certified MBSR senior teacher and member of the staff. She's been teaching and educating patients and healthcare professionals in mindfulness, including leading cancer centers, for over 25 years. Elana has a private practice in psychotherapy in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a sought after teacher, speaker, workshop leader and research consultant.

Please visit Elana's website for more information about her work and the two books she's published -

Teaching MBSR in Spanish and English in the Inner-City

A presentation by Beth Roth, APRN, FNP-BC

April 1, 2013

Beth Roth, APRN, FNP-BC

Beth Roth, APRN, FNP-BC, has been practicing meditation since 1987 and teaching meditation since 1993. She received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Yale University in 1987, and in 1993 founded the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program at the Community Health Center in Meriden, CT, where she teaches meditation in Spanish and English to inner-city patients with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

She has taught MBSR internationally to health care and mental health professionals, medical patients, and university students and faculty in the Dominican Republic and Bolivia. Since 1993 she teaches MBSR as an accredited elective course for graduate students at Yale University. She teaches mindfulness meditation to Yale University faculty and staff through the Yale Work-Life Program and does teaching, consulting, conference presentations and staff development training for hospitals, health centers and schools throughout Connecticut.

She has published numerous research and descriptive articles about her work teaching meditation and founded a Family Dharma column for Tricycle e-magazine ( about incorporating Buddhist teachings and meditation practices in parenting and family life. She lives in New Haven, CT with her husband, two children, and two Border Collies. You can visit her website - for more information and a list of publications.

Mindfulness and Addiction - the Recovery of Personal Authority

A Presentation by Dr. Lawrence Peltz, MD

January 28, 2013 at the Center for Mindfulness


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Larry Peltz, MD

Larry Peltz, MD, is an Addiction Psychiatrist who trained in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness in 1993, and taught at UMMS in the mid-90's. He has been a pioneer in the application of mindfulness in addictions treatment and is the author of the book The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery: A Practical Guide to Regaining Control over Your Life, to be released in the spring. Dr. Peltz is the medical director of the partial hospital program at Bournewood-Caulfield Center in Woburn, MA. Many of his patients are introduced to mindfulness-based approaches as an adjunct to their psychotherapy and medication treatments.

Dr. Peltz attended Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago. He did a medical internship at Albany Medical Center and a year of neurology training at Boston University. After two years of working in emergency rooms and primary care, Dr. Peltz completed his psychiatry residency at Boston University. Dr. Peltz is the supervisor of the advance practice nurses doing psychopharmacology treatment at Wilmington Family Counseling. He has worked at the clinic since 1996. You can learn more about Dr. Peltz and his book at:

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