School of Mind-Body Medicine Student, Sarah Ness, Completes Doctoral Dissertation on Burnout and Spiritual Engagement in Trauma Workers11/10/2013
Sarah Ness recently completed her PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with her dissertation research on burnout and spiritual engagement in trauma workers. As a trauma worker herself, Sarah has spent the last eight years working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at a crisis shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina. She knows the intensity of trauma work, and she is passionate about finding ways to maintain the health and well-being of trauma workers to ensure sustainable quality of care and effective services for trauma survivors.
In her dissertation study titled "Transcending Burnout: A Mixed Methods Study on Spiritual Engagement and Holistic Health Effects of Trauma Work," Sarah comprehensively examined the work-related stress and burnout symptoms in trauma workers and the role of spiritual engagement as a protective/restorative factor. With 310 participants from across the country, data was collected via on-line surveys using burnout and spirituality scales as well as qualitative questions on work-related stress and spiritual engagement.
New School of MBM Instructor Deborah Wilcox Presents Poster on Building Communities of Wellness, for American Public Health Association11/06/2013
Dr. Deborah Wilcox recently joined the adjunct faculty of Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. Wilcox holds a master's degree in public administration, a master's in clinical community counseling, and a doctorate in counseling education. She has previously served as an instructor at Kent State University, the University of Dayton, Union Institute, and the University of Cincinnati, providing instruction in multi-cultural counseling, adolescent development, public health administration, and grant writing.
Dr. Ruthann Russo to Address “Health Informatics and the Future of Healthcare” in School of MBM Videoconference10/23/2013
School of MBM Videoconference with Ruthann Russo, JD, PhD, MPH, on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM Pacific
You are invited to join Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss and the Health Care Systems Specialization faculty for a presentation by Dr. Ruthann Russo. Ruthann Russo, PhD, MPH, JD, L.Ac., was a healthcare attorney and CEO of several health information technology development and consulting firms for 20 years. She has worked extensively with healthcare systems, academic medical centers, and physicians to develop patient-centered documentation and communication practices. She has written eleven books on these topics and has presented these concepts for many healthcare professional associations. She has taught health information technology at the City University of New York and Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine.
School of MBM Chair Donald Moss Conducts Workshop on Breath Training at Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Meeting in Berkeley10/21/2013
On October 3, Dr. Donald Moss, the Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine, provided a workshop on breath training for attendees at the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, in Berkeley, California.
Hypnosis and biofeedback practitioners regularly use paced breathing as a component in hypnosis induction and relaxation. Diaphragmatic and yogic breathing are familiar tools in meditative practice and in self-regulation training. Traditional Chinese Medicine has observed: “…the tranquillity of the mind regulates the breathing naturally and, in turn, regulated breathing brings on concentration of the mind naturally” (Xiangcai, 2000, p. 7).
Emiliya Zhivotovskaya wins the School of Mind-Body Medicine Thomas Budzynski Poster Award, with research on the Effects of Stress on Telomere Length10/21/2013
Each Autumn the School of Mind-Body Medicine conducts a Poster session on Graduation Day during the Fall residential conference. Students and faculty may post a research poster based on either empirical research investigations or library/database reviews. The best student poster on a non-hypnosis topic is awarded the Thomas H. Budzynski Award. Thomas Budzynski was an electronics engineer who had worked on inertial guidance systems on the Blackbird spy plane, and then went on to become a pioneer in the fields of biofeedback, neurofeedback, and energy medicine. This year's Budzynski award went to Emiliya Zhivotovskaya.
Development of a Nurse-Led Hypnosis Service at a Comprehensive Cancer Center : A Report from the SCEH Meeting in Berkeley10/18/2013
School of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss attended the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis meeting in Berkeley in October, where he taught a competency course in breath training as an adjunct to hypnosis and chaired a symposium on pediatric applications of hypnosis and biofeedback. Dr. Moss is reporting in on relevant scientific programs at SCEH.
Kate Kravits, MA, RN, LPC, at the City of Hope in Duarte, California, provided a report on the development of a nurse-led service providing hypnosis for cancer patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. This is an excellent example of progress in integrating mind-body services into the mainstream of healthcare. This program was initially inspired by Guy Montgomery’s research showing that hypnosis can not only moderate the symptoms and suffering of breast cancer patients, but also save money for the institutions serving these patients. The City of Hope team contacted Dr. Montgomery, who agreed to serve as a consultant for the program. Establishing their service, the team encountered many barriers, notably prejudices against hypnosis as a medical intervention.
What Only You Can Share: School of MBM PhD student completes practicum at Cardiac Treatment Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital10/17/2013
Tamami Shirai is a PhD candidate in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine (www.mindbodygrace.org), specializing in healthcare research. Tamami has just completed a clinical practicum at the Cardiac Treatment Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. Scripps Memorial Hospital is the leading Cardiac Treatment Center in San Diego, and a variety of participants have benefited from its rehabilitation programs, not only cardiac patients but also pulmonary rehabilitation patients, post-cancer patients, individuals with Parkinson’s disease -- even family members of rehab participants and employees.
Dr. Joy Dauncey, PhD, ScD, Discusses "Insights into Nutrition, Genes, and Brain Health:" Reports from the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research10/09/2013
School of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss attended the ISNR meeting in Dallas last week, and is reporting in on relevant scientific programs at ISNR.
Dr. Joy Dauncey is a Senior Scientist in Nutritional and Biomedical Sciences, at Wolfson College, the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. She lectures and serves as visiting professor in nutritional, medical, and veterinary sciences in Brazil and Italy, gives postgraduate courses in São Paulo and Milan, and is a Scientific Commission Member of Núcleo-Nutrição em Pauta, Brazil. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Her major areas of interest include genomic and epigenomic influences on nutritional regulation of human development, metabolism and neuroscience, and their relevance to health and disease (diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular, neurological).
Werner Absenger, Saybrook School of MBM PhD Candidate, Examines How Hypnosis Can Impact the Modulation of Cytokines: Report from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis10/08/2013
Werner Absenger is a PhD Candidate in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine, with a specialization in healthcare research. On October 5, 2013, he delivered a presentation to the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, based on his current doctoral research utilizing hypnosis to influence immune function in cancer populations.
Absenger summarized an exhaustive review of 1586 articles in 22 databases to identify credible studies in which hypnosis was used to modify cytokines. He found only six credible studies, with a total of 133 participants. One of the six studies studied chronic illness.
Saybrook School of MBM PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow Carrie Phelps reports on a recent APA survey on stress in America. Carrie Phelps is also the co-founder of Intrinsic Connection, a wellness consulting firm that is dedicated to building a bridge between leading-edge wellness strategy and real-world execution for successful, long-term results. She is a board certified coach and mind-body medicine practitioner (promoting self-care at the heart of healthcare). She currently serves on the National Wellness Institute Board of Directors. For the past 10 years, she has served as a consultant on the development and implementation of leading-edge, national wellness initiatives.