Archives For: October 2013

Arts and Advocacy, 10/2013


1.) Americans for the Arts: Americans for the Arts' mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

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Saybrook University announces PhD focusing on Humane Education


Humanity’s step into the 21st century has been accompanied by global problems in need of new solutions:  better approaches to spreading human rights in a time of scarce resources, an increased understanding of environmental stewardship, and new strategies to create just and healthy societies around the world.

Most of us want to address these challenges, solve these problems, but don’t know how.  An education designed to get us a job and keep us thinking inside the box doesn’t provide us with the tools needed to be more effective citizens of the 21st century.

But we can change that.

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Creativity Journal: BMC Psychology


BMC Psychology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers manuscripts on all aspects of psychology, human behavior and the mind, including developmental, clinical, cognitive, experimental, social, evolutionary and educational psychology, as well as personality and individual differences. The journal welcomes quantitative and qualitative research methods, including animal studies. Click here for more information.

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Dr. Ruthann Russo to Address “Health Informatics and the Future of Healthcare” in School of MBM Videoconference

Dr. Ruthann Russo


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. 

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School of MBM Chair Donald Moss Conducts Workshop on Breath Training at Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Meeting in Berkeley

Chair Don Moss at the SCEH Meeting in Berkeley


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).

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Emiliya Zhivotovskaya wins the School of Mind-Body Medicine Thomas Budzynski Poster Award, with research on the Effects of Stress on Telomere Length

Emiliya and Poster on Stress and Telomere Length

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. 

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Development of a Nurse-Led Hypnosis Service at a Comprehensive Cancer Center : A Report from the SCEH Meeting in Berkeley

Kate Kravits, Senior Research Specialist, City of Hope


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.

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What Only You Can Share: School of MBM PhD student completes practicum at Cardiac Treatment Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital

Tamami Shirai Leads Meditation at Scripps Memorial Program


Tamami Shirai is a PhD candidate in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine (, 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. 

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Dr. Joy Dauncey, PhD, ScD, Discusses "Insights into Nutrition, Genes, and Brain Health:" Reports from the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research

Dr. Joy Dauncey

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).

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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 Hypnosis

Werner Absenger with his SCEH Scientific Poster


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.

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Wearing Down: Chronic Stress Takes a Toll on Americans

Carrie Phelps and the Stress in America Report


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.

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Michelle LaMasa-Schrader, a PhD Student in School of Mind-Body Medicine, Begins Intern Program at Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Michelle (in lower row, in blue) with her CMBM Certification class


Michelle LaMasa-Schrader is a student in the dissertation stage of her PhD in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine Healthcare Practice specialization.  This program has been instrumental in advancing her professional and personal growth.  During the past three years, she has served the Saybrook student community as a member of the Student Academic Review Board committee, a Teaching Fellow, and most recently as a mentor for incoming PhD students to support and guide them in their journey toward PhD.  She regards this service as an honor, and as a blessing in her own personal development.

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