Mind-Body Medicine


Matt Watkins, Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine Student, Pursues Mindfulness and Presence-Based Coaching Model

Matt Watkins


Matt Watkins is completing his final master's project to fulfill the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Saybrook University's Mind-Body Medicine.  For his culminating project he is combining his love of professional coaching with mind-body skills to develop a coaching model.  The direction of his project is currently unfolding; however, the main focus is how mindful and presence-based coaching, informed by the principles of Health Realization, facilitates the development of self-determined values and actions. 

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Mallory Rowell, Master's Student in Mind-Body Medicine, Combines New Marriage, Research Job, Fitness Training, and Graduate Study

Mallory Rowell on the Beach


Mallory Rowell completed her BS degree in Psychology from Ohio State in 2010, and although she knew that she wanted to complete an advanced degree, she was unsure of her path.  One day as she was perusing the APA academic listings she came across an advertisement for Saybrook University, School of Mind Body Medicine.  She was immediately attracted to the advertisement and that led her to attend an introductory call hosted by the department chair, Dr. Don Moss.  After the introductory call Mallory recalls her elation at finding this program, “It felt like everything I was looking for and didn’t know what to call it.  Saybrook combined my lifestyle and academic goals all into one.”  In the fall of 2013 Mallory began classes to complete her MS in Mind Body Medicine.

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School of Mind-Body Medicine Student, Rowan Silverberg, Teaches Yoga to Medical Students at Case Western Reserve University Medical School

Rowan Silverberg and the Case Western Reserve University Medical Student Class

Rowan Silverberg is a master's student in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine.  In October 2013 she had an opportunity to introduce medical students at Case Western Reserve University Medical School to Yoga.  She was invited by Dr. Sue Wish-Baratz, an anatomy professor at the Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, to address two groups of 80 second year medical students during "Musculoskeletal Week," on the use of Yoga to create structural alignment, as well as physical and psychological resilience.

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School of Mind-Body Medicine Student, Sarah Ness, Completes Doctoral Dissertation on Burnout and Spiritual Engagement in Trauma Workers

Dr. Sarah Ness, new PhD graduate of Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine

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.

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New School of MBM Instructor Deborah Wilcox Presents Poster on Building Communities of Wellness, for American Public Health Association

Poster on Building Communities of Wellness


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.

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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 (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. 

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