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Join Dr. David Black, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Founding Director of the American Mindfulness Research Association, discuss the research and practice of mindfulness meditation with leading experts in the field. He sets out to uncover the clinical utility of mindfulness practice, explore its use among diverse populations, review the novelty of new research methods applied in the field, and expand its investigation across scientific disciplines. 

Episode 7: On the origins of mindfulness research: Part 1 (with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Released Oct 20, 2021

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I speak with guest Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic in 1979. The program continues at the clinic, and now in clinics and community centers around the globe, 42 years later. Jon is the author of many well-known mindfulness meditation books, including Full Catastrophe Living, the classic Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) manual, which is published in 10 languages. It was first published in 1990, and now with a new edition out in 2013. He created the MBSR program, and over 700 medical centers and clinics now use the MBSR model. His curriculum and early research inspired my early career. 

Episode 6: Designing a prosocial classroom for child and teacher (with Dr. Tish Jennings)
Released Oct 7, 2021

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I speak with Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Professor of Education at the University of Virgina. She served for over 20 years as a teacher, school director, and teacher educator. Her research places a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom, as articulated in her highly cited theoretical article "The Prosocial Classroom." Jennings led the team that developed CARE, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well-being, classroom interactions and student engagement in the largest randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based intervention designed specifically to address teacher occupational stress. She was awarded the Cathy Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science by the Mind & Life Institute in 2018. She has authored 5 books and her most recents being "The Mindful School" and "Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators." 

Episode 5: Mindfulness added to the culture of a university (with Dr. Allen Weiss)
Released Sep 24, 2021

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I speak with Dr. Allen Weiss, Professor of Marketing in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is founding teacher and Director of Mindful USC, and senior teacher at InsightLA.org where he has taught mindfulness classes for the past 14 years. He completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2008. For Mindful USC, he guides the teaching of mindfulness throughout the university and has taught mindfulness to physicians and surgeons in the various hospitals, including Children’s Hospital, the Keck School of Medicine and the Los Angeles County Hospital. On the USC main campus, he has taught mindfulness to a wide variety of groups, including veterans, incoming freshman, undergraduate and graduate students, administrators, staff leadership, and faculty in virtually every department on campus. 

Episode 4: Meeting pain with mindfulness practice (with Dr. Christiane Wolf)
Released Sep 13, 2021

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I speak with Dr. Christiane Wolf, physician and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher trainer. She is a senior teacher at the InsightLA program in Los Angeles, and the lead trainer for the Veterans Affair's national mindfulness facilitator training. Her books include “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness,” and just recently published title “Outsmart Your Pain: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help you Leave Chronic Pain Behind.” We discuss her journey from licensed physician to senior MBSR teacher of teachers, and we explore her new book on chronic pain and how we can deeply care for ourselves even when facing the challenges of pain and discomfort. 

Episode 3: Mindfulness from Eastern and Western perspectives (with Dr. Seth Segall)
Released Aug 30, 2021

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I talk with Dr. Segall, Zen priest, about the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, the bridging of mindfulness in Eastern and Western thought, and about the concept eudaimonic enlightenment. Seth Zuihō Segall is a Zen priest and psychologist who is the science writer for the Mindfulness Research Monthly and a contributing editor to Tricycle Magazine. He is a retired member of the clinical faculty of the Yale School of Medicine (for 27 years) and a former Director of Psychology at Waterbury Hospital. He is affiliated with White Plains Zen and Boundless Way Zen of Westchester as a Zen Buddhist Priest. He received shukke tokudo in the White Plum Asanga and Zen Peacemaker Order lineages in 2016 from Daiken Nelson, Sensei. He is the author of Buddhism and Human Flourishing: A Modern Western Perspective, Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings and Living Zen: A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence. Visit his author page at sethzuihosegall.com

Episode 2: Applying mindfulness in clinical psychology (with Dr. Jeffrey Greeson)
Released Aug 16, 2021

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Many individuals struggle to navigate the challenges of life alone, and others will face mental health disorders at some point in their lives. Clinical psychology offers a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches to help individuals address stress, depression, addiction and other struggles and life circumstances. I explore the use of mindfulness practices in clinical psychology with guest Dr. Jeffrey Greeson. Dr. Greeson has 16 years of clinical psychology practice experience and is a licensed clinical psychologist. He is also an Assistant Professor of Rowan University College of Science and Mathematics, located in New Jersey. He earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami and completed advanced training in Health psychology from Duke University Medical Center. He is a fellow of the Institute for Itegrative Health. His research program focuses on the use of mindfulness training for stress-related disease. Learn more about Dr. Greeson at 

Episode 1: Elevating wellness after cancer (with Dr. Linda Carlson)
Released July 29, 2021

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Cancer is often a life changing event. Dr. Black discusses the utility of mindfulness training for adult cancer survivors after the passing of his father during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and seeks to uncover the potential benefits of mindfulness with Dr. Linda Carlson. Dr. Carlson is Full Professor of Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is the Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Her research on Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery has been published in many high-impact journals, and she published a patient manual in 2011 entitled Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery. She has published over 200 research papers and book chapters. Learn more about Dr. Carlson at https://www.ucalgary.ca/people/linda-carlson/home [The sound quality was not optimal this episode and we are working on fixing this issue.]

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