Presentations from the UMMS Academic Interest Group on Mindfulness

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, 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

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, has been practicing meditation since 1987 and teaching meditation since 1993. Beth Roth, APRN, FNP-BC She Beth Roth, APRN, FNP-BCreceived 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, is an Addiction Psychiatrist who trained in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness in 1993, and 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: