This is the second of the four-part lecture series, "What's the Big Idea?: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Its Role in Twenty-First-Century Health Care." This presentation describes the evidence showing how mindfulness meditation can improve coping and reduce distress, how it can alleviate pain and other symptoms, and how it can generally promote mental and physical health and wellbeing in both healthy individuals and those with a broad range of health conditions. It also explores findings on the proposed mechanisms of mindfulness.

When Apr 10, 2014
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
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Contact Phone 919-962-2643
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Laura Kiken, PhD, MPH, is a social and health psychologist and an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine. Her primary area of research is on mindfulness, both as a dispositional tendency and as a meditative practice. Much of this work has examined whether being mindful reduces bias toward the types of negative cognitions and attitudes that contribute to distress. She currently is building on this research by examining mindfulness and positive cognitions that promote wellbeing.


This presentation will illuminate how mindfulness and self-compassion programs have been adapted for use with adolescent populations and how these programs hold promise for improving symptoms of anxiety and depression and promoting enhanced wellbeing in this population.

Karen Bluth, PhD, is a researcher in child and family studies and NIH post-doctoral fellow with the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on improving adolescent and family wellbeing through mindfulness interventions, and is particularly interested in how mindfulness practice can help adolescents navigate what can be a challenging developmental period. She has been practicing mindfulness for more than thirty-five years, is a trained mindfulness instructor, and former educator with eighteen years of classroom teaching experience with children and adolescents. 

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