Who am I?

I am a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky and a licensed clinical psychologist. My interests in mindfulness include research, teaching, supervision, and practice. I enjoy taking a broad perspective, and so I’ve studied a wide range of mindfulness-based interventions, including MBCT and MBSR as well as DBT, ACT, and MBRP. Much of my work focuses on the conceptualization and assessment of mindfulness, effects of mindfulness-based programs, mechanisms of change, and professional training and ethics in the mindfulness field.

What do I do?

At the University of Kentucky, I work primarily with doctoral students in clinical psychology. My teaching and clinical supervision include mindfulness-based interventions and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Much of my current research, in collaboration with colleagues at the OMC and the University of Sussex, focuses on assessment of mindfulness and compassion and safety and risk in mindfulness-based programs. I also spend a lot of time thinking about the relationship between Buddhist and secular approaches to mindfulness and the implications for program development and professional training.

Why I love working at the OMC

I had the great good fortune to spend academic year 2015-16 on sabbatical at the OMC, where I collaborated on research, cultivated my teaching skills, shared my expertise, wrote for the OMC blog, and became part of a warm and welcoming community of friends and colleagues doing fascinating and important work. The OMC is an international leader in mindfulness research, teaching, and training, and is at the forefront of discussions that are critical to the development of the field. For someone committed to this work, it’s the ideal place to be.