Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD
Certified Senior MBSR teacher, MBSR Practicum, MBSR teacher supervision in English and German
MD – Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 1996
MD PhD – Humboldt University, Berlin Germany, Psychosomatic Medicine, 1997
Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Germany
MD credentialed in the US (USMLE/ECFMG)
Areas of Interest
- Training clinician’s to teach mindfulness
- Being a Dharma teacher and a secular mindfulness teacher - and translating one into the other
Christiane started out her professional life as a (happy) OB/GYN at the University Hospital Charité in Berlin, Germany. A sabbatical year brought her, her husband and newborn daughter to Los Angeles in 2003. There, Christiane, a dedicated Vipassana student since her late teens, met Trudy Goodman, who was to become her heart teacher. Trudy encouraged her to start teaching and to also take the MBSR training.
Christiane received teacher transmission from Trudy in 2011. Together with many others, Trudy and Christiane build InsightLA, a Los Angeles based non-profit, into a thriving community with national standing, which is a home for Buddhist and secular mindfulness teachings alike. Christiane is part of the current Dharma and Retreat Teacher training under Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein et al. She is also teaching silent retreats in the US and in Germany.
She continues to live in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.
Non-Medical Professional Experience
- Director of MBSR programs, InsightLA, 2005-present
- Director of VA CALM, a mindfulness training and teaching collaboration with the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration, 2011- present
“Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness” with J. Greg Serpa, New Harbinger, 2015
Bazzano A, Wolf C, Zylowska L, Wang S, Schuster E, Barrett C, Lehrer D. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Parents and Caregivers of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Community-Based Approach, J Child Fam Stud, 12/03/14
Cohen JI, Roberston S, Wolf C. Evaluation of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program for Veterans’ Administration Health Care Staff. Poster session presented at the 11th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators: Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Norwood, MA, USA, April 17–21, 2013.
Kettering VL, Barraza JA, Ly ML, Holcomb C, Wolf CA, Zak, PJ, Spezio ML: Unique effects of metta meditation on eusocial behavior. Poster session presented at the 91. WPA (Western Psychological Association) in Los Angeles, CA, April 28 – May 1, 2011
Bazzano A, Wolf C, Zylowska L, Wang S, Barrett C, Schuster E, Sanchez R, Lehrer D: Stress-reduction and improved well-being following a pilot community-based participatory mindfulness-based stress-reduction (MBSR) program for parents/caregivers of children with developmental disabilities - Abstract, 209669 + Oral presentation ,137th APHA (American Public Health Association) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, November 7-11, 2009
Bazzano A, Wolf C, Zylowska L, Wang S, Barrett C, Schuster E, Sanchez R, Lehrer D: A community-based MBSR program for parents and caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities. Poster session presented at the 7th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators: Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Worcester, MA, USA, March 18–22, 2009.