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Research has shown mindfulness to address health issues such as lower blood pressure and boost the immune system; increase attention and focus, including aid those suffering from ADHD; help with difficult mental states such as anxiety and depression, fostering well-being and less emotional reactivity; and thicken the brain in areas in charge of decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.


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Mindfulness Classes for Breast Cancer Survivors

Dr. Julienne Bower and associates at UCLA are looking for younger breast cancer survivors, diagnosed at or before age 50, to participate in an fMRI study investigating the effects of mindfulness meditation on stress, the brain, and the immune system.
Participants must have completed cancer treatment at least six months ago (current hormone therapy OK), and have no prior experience with mindfulness meditation.

Eligible participants will receive free mindfulness classes for six weeks, and will complete two in-person appointments at UCLA. Compensation is $100 for completing both assessments and parking costs will be covered.
Please call (310) 794-7838 for more information

Mindful Awareness Meditation for Sleep Problems

The purpose of this study is to see whether Mindfulness Meditation or Sleep Education can improve sleep among older adults.

Who is eligible?

Adults age 55 and over who have trouble sleeping

Participants will receive: 

  • Sleep monitoring
  • Mindfulness Meditation or Sleep Education
  • Up to $50 compensation
  • Free parking at UCLA

If you are interested in participating, please call: (310) 206-1873.

Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology | Investigator: David S. Black, M.P.H., Ph.D. Learn more »  

Research Resources:


Mindfulness Research at UCLA Psychoneuroimmunology Center (PNI)

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research center is a partner of The Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. The Cousins Center serves as a major campus facilitator for bridging training in the fields of behavioral science, neuroscience, and immunology.

The Cousins Center brings together diverse group of scientists with the goal of understanding the role of immunological mechanisms that underlie behavioral disturbances with impacts on mental health.

The Cousins Center consists of core faculty conducting PNI-based research studies on aging, alcohol and substance abuse, cancer, infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and mind-body interactions. In addition, the center has its own on-site Inflammatory Biology Core Laboratory and Psychophysiology Laboratory.

For more information on being a study participant at the Cousins Center, click here or please contact: 310.267.4389.

Other Mindfulness research investigating biological correlates are being conducted by MARC & PNI researchers.  Mindfulness Bibliography 

MAPs in Education 

A pilot study of MAPs for Pre-K was conducted at the UCLA Early Education Center from Jan-May of 2007.  The MAPs learning tool was an Innerkids program and the evaluation study was conducted by Drs. Smalley, Flook, and Ms. Jennifer Kitil.  The study consists of 48 children, who received two MAPs classes per week for eight weeks.  Results showed improvement in executive function, Smalley et al submitted.

Mindfulness Bibliography

MAPs for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Mindful awareness practices are being incorporated into numerous treatment modalities for various psychiatric and behavioral conditions.  MARC researchers and affiliated faculty have ongoing research on basic neurobiological mechanisms of mindful awareness and efficacy in diverse populations.

Mindful Awareness Program for ADHD (MAPs for ADHD) was developed by Lidia Zylowska, MD and Susan Smalley, PhD as an innovative study to explore the utility of meditation treatment for teenagers and adults with ADHD.  This work was supported, in part, by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation.

The program was evaluated for sensibility in adult and teen populations and results of the study are available via Dr. Zylowska.  For more information, please see article in ADDitudes Magazine or contact Dr. Zylowska at lzylowsk@ucla.edu or Dr. Smalley at ssmalley@mednet.ucla.edu.

Mindfulness Bibliography

MARC/InnerKids Child Research

We are very excited to announce the publication of MARC/InnerKids child research in the Journal of Applied School Psychology.

Learn more »

Resource for Mindfulness Researchers and Practitioners

The site includes empirical publications, mindfulness research centers, measurement tools, and more: www.mindfulexperience.org



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