2013 Conference Schedule

For detailed descriptions of all presentations, please download our
2013 Conference Brochure (PDF)

Wednesday April 17

6:30 am - 7:30 am - Morning Meditation

7:30 am – 8:30 am - Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am - Registration

Full Day Pre-Conference Institutes

A Mindfulness-Based Approach for Working with High-Risk Adolescents
Sam Himelstein, PhD, Chris McKenna
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice
(Part 1)
Michael Krasner MD
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
* Please note, this is a two-part institute - Part 2 is offered Sunday, April 21. You may sign up for one or both parts.

How the Dharma Intersects with Mindfulness-Based Interventions:  The The Four Noble Truths, the Three Characteristic of Existence, and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Bob Stahl, PhD
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Compassion and Kindness: Enhancing Capacity to Turn Towards Difficult Emotions
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, Chris Germer, PhD
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Half-Day Morning Workshops

Remembering the Body: An Introduction to Mindful Movement
Larry Cammarata, PhD
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Once Upon a Present Moment: A Storytelling Workshop
Elisa Pearmain, MEd, MA, LMHC
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch

Half-Day Afternoon Workshops

Bringing Contemplative Practice to the Bedside in Palliative Care
Laurie Lemieux, MD, Mary Wallis, PhD, RN, Paul Rumbolt, BA, MDiv
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Expressive Mind: An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Art Therapy
Margaret Jones Callahan, MA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Thursday, April 18

6:00 am – 7:00 am  - Morning Meditation with Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA

7:00 am – 8:00 am - Registration

8:00 am – 4:30 pm - The John and Tussi Kluge Research Symposium on Mindfulness:

Neural Mechanisms of Mindfulness: Emerging Models

Amishi Jha, PhD, Symposium Chair

Morning Presenters:

Norman Farb, PhD

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD

J. David Creswell, PhD

Afternoon Presenters:

Eileen Luders, PhD

Amishi Jha, PhD

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Poster Session

The Poster Session is an essential element of Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness-Based Interventions into
Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

Posters are a great way for abstract authors to discuss their work with colleagues.

The Center for Mindfulness views these Poster Presentations as important as paper presentations.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Registration

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Welcome Reception

7:30 pm – 7:45 pm - Opening Remarks, Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA

7:45 pm – 9:00 pm - Keynote Address, Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA

Measured and Beautiful Motion: The Messiness and Relief of Attempting to Integrate Mindfulness into the Broader Society and the Emergence of a Global Community of Practice

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MASocial movements throughout history have radically affected the cultures and societies in which they have emerged. In this talk, I’ll wonder aloud with you if the epistemologies of science, dharma and democracy are converging in service of a new social movement that is sensitizing the hearts and minds of people to one another all over this planet. Together, we’ll use data from the fields of political and non-political social movements, organizational change, and developmental psychology to reflect upon this nascent emergence. The UMass Center for Mindfulness will serve as a case study to help us understand if past organizational challenges and current trials it is facing are actually reflective of developmental motion and milestones more broadly felt in our local centers and communities. As a member of this global community - a community I’d characterize as being committed to universal responsibility emerging out of a natural and direct experience of compassion, clear seeing, and altruistic action - I’d like to explore with you networking pathways needed for us to formalize new ways of being in relationship and enter more fully into the messiness and relief inherent in the co-creation of a more mindful society.

Friday April 19

6:00 am - 7:00 am - Meditation with Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast




7:00 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast Roundtable Discussions
8:15 am - 9:15 am - Break-out Sessions: Presentation Dialogues / Research Forums

9:30 am – 10:30 am - Break-out Sessions: Presentation Dialogues / Research Forums

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Keynote


Love 2.0: How Positivity Resonance Nourishes Health

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

Barbara Fredrickson, PhDDr. Barbara Fredrickson's two decades of scientific research on positive emotions is foundational within the new positive psychology. She discovered that positive emotions literally change the way people’s brains work, widening their awareness. According to Fredrickson’s broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, the expanded mindset characteristic of positive emotions drives people to discover and build new traits, skills, and resources, helping them to become better versions of themselves over time. Fredrickson’s most recent research highlights the particular benefits of shared positive emotions. Her findings on the benefits of positive social connections have inspired her to redefine “love” as micro-moments of positivity resonance between people – even strangers. These life-giving micro-moments are characterized by (1) shared positivity, (2) biobehavioral synchrony, and (3) mutual care. In this presentation, Dr. Fredrickson will describe how the heart’s capacity for positivity resonance can be measured and how loving-kindness meditation can strengthen this capacity. Her research goes further to reveal the biological upward spiral dynamics through which loving-kindness meditation improves people’s physical health and promotes well-being and longevity.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm -  Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm -  Keynote

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Physical Health:  New Brain-Behavior-Physiology Pathways

J. David Creswell, PhD

J. David Creswell, PhDMindfulness meditation has long been described as a practice that's good for your mental and physical health. One potential explanation is that these beneficial effects are explained by stress reduction pathways. This talk will describe a program of research in my lab exploring the brain and physiological basis of stress reduction in mindfulness and mindfulness meditation practices. Laboratory and intervention studies will be presented showing that mindfulness is associated with:

  • improved stress-regulation via prefrontal cortico-limbic pathways (using neuroimaging),
  • reduced biological stress reactivity to acute stress challenge,
  • reduced pro-inflammatory gene expression in immune cells,
  • improved physical health in stressed patient populations.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Break-out Sessions: Presentation Dialogues / Research Forums
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm - Cocktail reception

7:30 pm - 11:30 pm - Celebratory Gala:  Dine. Dance. Delight.

7:40 pm - Opening Remarks

This special evening is a great opportunity for Conference participants, presenters and Friends of the Center to mingle with one another and have funArthur Zajonc, PhD together as a community. Please join us for the cocktail reception and Gala Dinner that will feature an inspiring keynote from our special guest Arthur Zajonc, PhD, President of the Mind and Life Institute, entitled "The Contemplative Marriage of Love and Knowledge".

The Mark Shilansky Group will offer easy-listening jazz during dinner and switch to up-tempo for after dinner dancing. The Mark Shilansky Group !

Ballroom, Gala Dinner, 2012 Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, introduces 2012 Gala speaker Dancing ! Dancing! 


Saturday April 20

6:00 am - 7:00 am - Morning Meditation

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast Roundtable Discussions 
8:30 am - 10:00 am - Keynote

Creating A Culture of Mindfulness at a University Campus

Lynn Rossy, PhD

Lynn Rossy, PhDWhat can flower from a simple idea to create a place for students, faculty, and staff to learn and practice mindfulness? In my experience, people appeared from various departments with diverse interests to create a vital force of creativity and enthusiasm. This human synergy developed a virtual web of mindfulness that far surpassed my initial intentions. Since the formation of a Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Missouri over ten years ago, unique offerings have been developed across many levels of the academic and clinical environments through programming, faculty and leadership training, education, and research.
Moving from an environment with little or no understanding about mindfulness to a “culture of mindfulness” can be difficult, particularly when you are sitting in the middle of the country where innovation is sometimes suspect. This presentation will discuss the barriers (from personal fears to institutional principles) and the opportunities for partnership as mindfulness has grown in acceptance by most and embraced with vigor by many on a university setting. Learn how new media has made it possible to reach large populations of people across a four campus system as a means for extending traditional approaches of offering mindfulness. The potential benefits and challenges of offering online courses and social media messaging for touching people throughout the course of their day are explored.

10:30 am -11:30 am - Break-out Sessions: Presentation Dialogues / Research Forums
11:45 am – 12:45 pm -  Lunch
12:45 pm – 3:45 pm - Workshop

Ohm… Mindfulness as a way of improving self-care & enhancing job satisfaction
Diane Abatemarco PHD, MSW, Ruth Gubernick, Atiera Abatemarco

“Talking about Death: An Inquiry into Impermanence”
Patricia Lück, MD: MBChB, MPhil Palliative Medicine, Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm - Break-out Sessions: Presentation Dialogues / Research Forums

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Break-out Sessions: Presentation Dialogues / Research Forums
4:15 – 5:45 p.m. Keynote

Being With Patients, Being With Self: a No-holds-barred Self-suspending Leap into the Other’s Sea

Ronald M. Epstein, MD

Ronald M. Epstein, MDThe practice of medicine itself is a mindfulness practice. Nowhere in health care is this more apparent than in caring for those confronting serious and life-limiting illness. Healing relationships create shared space that promotes collaborative cognition, emotional resonance, shared presence and effective navigation through dynamic and difficult times. These situations, though, can also evoke shared distress, shared misconceptions and shutting down of possibility.
Dr. Epstein is a practicing family physician, palliative care physician, teacher, communication researcher and developer of mindful practice programs to enhance the capacity of health care professionals to provide patient-centered care. He brings his nearly 30 years of clinical experience and over 40 years as a beginning meditator to understand how mindfulness can manifest in the high-energy, complex and high-stress world of health care. A musician by training, he uses the metaphor of “turning towards dissonance” to help us understand our reactions and compassionate responses to suffering. A kayaker and lover of water still and turbulent, he uses Spivak’s metaphor of “a no-holds-barred self-suspending leap into the other’s sea” as a way of maintaining presence, integrity, balance and courage in situations in which we as healers confront patients in the extremes of life.
He will explore how mindful practice is more than contemplation or meditation – it is action in the world, with others, requiring the ability to be resilient enough to set aside that which we call “self” in order to take the plunge into the “sea” that is presented to us by those in need – whether or not it appears calm or tempestuous, clear or turbid. Dr. Epstein is the author of over 200 publications on mindfulness, self-awareness, communication, self-monitoring and shared mind in health care, and has devoted his career to helping clinicians experience greater meaning and effectiveness in their work.

5:45 – 6:00pm Closing Remarks - Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA

Sunday April 21

6:30 am – 7:30 am - Morning Meditation

7:30 am – 8:30 am - Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am - Registration

Full Day Post Conference Institutes

Bringing Mindfulness into the Acute Care Setting
Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, Elana Rosenbaum, LICSW

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Within Every Body: Teaching and Adapting Mindful Yoga
Kate Mitcheom MSN, Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting: Mindfulness for Two Generations
Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Learning and Practicing Essential and challenging Elements of the MBSR Curriculum: A Professional Development Day
Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice
(Part 2)
Michael Krasner MD
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
* Please note, this is a two-part institute - Part 1 is offered Wednesday, April 17. You may sign up for one or both parts.

Half-Day Morning Workshop

Mindfulness In Schools: How a grassroots community creation came to be
Fiona Jensen, Svea Hall, MS, OTR/L, and Adria Kennedy
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch

Half-Day Afternoon Workshop

Lessons Learned and Novel Approaches to Teaching Mindfulness
Michael Brumage, COL (R), Steven Hickman, PhD, Lisa Brenner, PhD, Valerie Rice, PhD, CPE, OTR/L, FAOTA, COL (R)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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