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Informing mindfulness research and practice.


Posted Apr 28, 2021

Mindfulness requires cognitive effort and so practice places demands on a meditator’s attention. Many psychological disorders include impairment in attention as a symptom, and patients with attentional impairment may find mindfulness practice too ...

Posted Apr 19, 2021

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) suffer from shortness of breath that limits their physical activity. Other symptoms include wheezing, coughing, and an unpleasant awareness of breathing difficulty known as dyspnea...

Posted Mar 31, 2021

People often look forward to leisure vacations as relief from work and life routines, and to improve their well-being. Little is known about what types of vacations yield the most enduring benefits. For example, would a person benefit more from a leisure vacation...

Welcome to AMRA!

The American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) was founded in 2013. The Mindfulness Research Monthly scientific bulletin has been in circulation since 2009. Our mission is to support empirical and conceptual efforts to establish an evidence base for the process, practice, and construct of mindfulness; promote best evidence-based standards for the use of mindfulness research and its applications; facilitate professional development through grant giving; and disseminate newly gained knowledge to the public.

AMRA serves as a professional resource to the sciences and humanities, practice communities, and the broader public on mindfulness from the perspective of contemplative practice.

Learn more about our valuable resources and organizational leadership.


To increase awareness of and inform the latest advances in mindfulness research.

Journal Club

Recommended Readings for our Community

May 2021 article references added to the AMRA library. Members have full access to the AMRA reference library spanning 1960-2021. Online article access is controlled solely by journal publishers and open access policies and is not controlled by AMRA.

  • Burgess, E. E., Selchen, S., Diplock, B. D., & Rector, N. A. (2021). A Brief Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Intervention as a Population-Level Strategy for Anxiety and Depression. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy

  • Goren, G., Schwartz, D., Friger, M., Banai, H.,...Sarid, O. (2021). Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on the Quality of Life of Patients With Crohn Disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.
  • Poletti, S., Abdoun, O., Zorn, J., & Lutz, A. (2021). Pain regulation during mindfulness meditation: Phenomenological fingerprints in novices and experts practitioners. European Journal of Pain.

  • Saway, B. F., Seidel, L. W., Dane, F. C., & Wattsman, T. (2021). Mindfulness in the OR: A Pilot Study Investigating the Efficacy of an Abbreviated Mindfulness Intervention on Improving Performance in the Operating Room. Journal of Surgical Education.

Early Career Scientist Award

Are you starting a career as a mindfulness researcher? AMRA supports promising scholars through the AMRA Early Career Scientist Award (ECSA) program. Eligible are AMRA members who are currently trainees in masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral programs or within their first two years of terminal degree and currently working at a research institute. The candidate must have one or more first author publications related to mindfulness, and show promise for future impact. Learn more about the program and previous award recipients.

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