Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Psychiatry and Medicine, UMASS Medical School
Medical Director, UMASS Center for Mindfulness
Associate Research Director, UMASS Center for Mindfulness

Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1995
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 1983
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies (Summa Cum Laude), New College, Hempstead, NY, 1978
Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 1991-1998
Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 1987-1988
Residency in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA 1984-1987
Clinical Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 1984-1987
Internship in Internal Medicine, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO 1983-1984


Focus & Interests

Dr. Fulwiler is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Medical Director and Associate Research Director at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is an Addictions Psychiatrist with a doctorate in Neuroscience and specialized training in clinical applications of Mindfulness.

As Medical Director of the Center for Mindfulness, he directs the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program and the Mindfulness-in-Medicine initiative, which involves integrating mindfulness for patients in health care settings, for clinicians for well-being and resilience, and for staff.  He is also the founding medical Director for the Clinical Wellness Programs at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

His research focuses on mindfulness-based interventions and the use of neuroimaging to elucidate mechanisms and predictors of outcome in the evaluation of mindfulness-based interventions to improve health behaviors. He is the lead investigator on a NIH-funded study that seeks to identify predictors of successful weight loss maintenance following mindfulness training using neuroimaging.  Other funded research includes studies of the mechanisms of self-regulation in mindfulness interventions and of culturally-adapted mindfulness training for diverse populations to promote coping and healing from the effects of trauma and violence.

Integrating Mindfulness and Medicine

"I am now realizing my long-standing dream of integrating my personal interest in mindfulness into my professional work, beginning in Psychiatry and then in Medicine at the Center for Mindfulness. I have a vision of a unique role for mindfulness in addressing unmet behavioral health and wellness needs. I believe this vision can contribute to the triple aim of healthcare reform. Mindfulness can contribute to improving health and reducing cost by empowering patients and communities with cost-effective strategies for reducing stress, anxiety and depression, and by supporting improvements in health behaviors and medical regimen adherence. To succeed requires a better understanding of how to make these services accessible and relevant to traditionally underserved populations, as well as training programs for providers to deliver them. Mindfulness can also contribute to improving quality by empowering clinicians with strategies to counter the unintended consequences of healthcare reform. Burnout among providers increases risk of medical error and poor communication."
Carl Fulwiler, M.D., Ph.D.
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