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Elana Rosenbaum, MSW, MS, BA

Senior Teacher, Mentor and Professional Trainer Elana Rosenbaum


MSW in Clinical Social Work, University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work - 1975
MS in Education, Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School - 1968
BA, City College of New York - 1966


Focus & Interests

  • Mind/Body medicine and the application of mindfulness to cancer and chronic illness
  • Training for healthcare organizations and professionals
  • Mindfulness in social work


Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, is a leader in the clinical application of mindfulness meditation to cancer care. Elana has expertise and experience as a psychotherapist and her use of mindfulness in LICSW psychotherapy; particularly her specialty in working with cancer patients.

She has authored Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness (Satya House, 2007), and Being Well (even when you're sick) (Shambala, 2012), the basis of many workshops, and created audio-CDs with guided meditations. In 1995 she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and subsequently underwent stem-cell transplantation. Her ability to thrive and embody mindfulness in the face of adversity led to the development of a mindfulness-based intervention for bone marrow transplant patients at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Emery University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Elana worked directly with Jon Kabat-Zinn as one of the founding teachers at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and continues to teach as a certified MBSR senior teacher and member of the staff. She's been teaching and educating patients and healthcare professionals in mindfulness, including leading cancer centers, for over 25 years. Elana has a private practice in psychotherapy in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a sought after teacher, speaker, workshop leader and research consultant.

Professional Experience

Faculty and senior teacher, mentor and professional trainer at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine Health Care and Society, faculty, the University of Massachusetts Medical School,

Research consultant and investigator integrating mindfulness on the bone marrow transplant unit, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Emory University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Meditation Instructor at the Zakim Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Consultation and training for health-care organizations and professionals. 

Founder of  Mindfuliving, Consultation, training, speaker, workshop leader. 

Center for Mindfulness International Conferences (all)

Psychotherapy Networker 2009 International Conference,

Emindful online courses in MBSR


Rancho La Puerta (Spirit Week) 2001-2014

UMassMedical School, Oasis, VNA Hospice


Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work, Boone, Matt, chapter on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction New Harbinger (upcoming 2014)

Being Well (Even When You are Sick), Rosenbaum, Elana, Shambhala Publications, June 2012

Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness, Rosenbaum, Elana, Satya House Publications, 2005

Kabat-Zinn, J., Masson, A. O., Hebert, J. R., Rosenbaum, E. “Meditation”. In Textbook of Psycho-oncology, Jimmie C. Holland, M.D. (ed). Oxford Press, Oxford, 1998, pp.767-779.

Kabat-Zinn, J., Massion, A.O., Hebert, J.R., Rosenbaum, E. “Meditation”. In Breast Cancer, Beyond Convention, Tagliaferri, Mary, M.D., L.Ac., Cohen, Isaac, O.M.D., LAc.,and Tripathy, M.D.


Facing the Challenges of Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplantation with Mindfulness Meditation: A Pilot Study, The Phyllis F. Cantor Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Susan Bauer-Wu, Martha Healey, Elana Rosenbaum, Emily Blood, Ronghui Xu, Mary Jane Ott, Amy Sullivan, Margo McLoughlin, Lorrie Kubicek, Marsha Fonteyn, and Brooke Lovett