Mind-Body Medicine


“The Brain that Changes Itself:” Norman Doidge Attends Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Eric Willmarth, Norman Doidge, and Donald Moss


Neuroplasticity is the relatively new concept of the human brain, which highlights the capacity of the brain to recover after injury through organizing new functional pathways, and in part by actually growing new cells and regenerating nerves.
The attached photo shows Norman Doidge with two Saybrook University faculty members, Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth, attending the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) meeting in Toronto, Ontario on October 13, 2012.

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Recent MBM Grad Addresses Compassion Fatigue: Practical Applications for Nursing Professionals. Introducing Betsy Murphy

Betsy Murphy, Alone and Teaching a Class of Seniors

Nurses are on the front line of care for the ill, wounded, and traumatized individuals and are called upon to deliver compassionate care to their clients. Empathy and compassion are essential qualities for successful healing environments, vital for both the providers and receivers of health-promoting interactions.

Betsy Murphy is a certified holistic nurse who is interested in exploring mind body methods to help preserve compassion in nurses.  Her professional and personal practice of mindfulness meditation and yoga, along with Saybrook’s training in mind-body skills, guided her in the development of a 16-hour experiential education program to alleviate compassion fatigue in nursing professionals. This education program comprised her masters’ project, and she graduated with an MS in Mind-Body Medicine in August 2012.

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From Pharmaceutical Sales to Academic Mentoring and Research: Introducing MBM Director of Mentoring Devorah Curtis

MBM Director of Mentoring, Devorah Curtis, PhD



Devorah Curtis, PhD, is the Director of Mentoring for the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, a unique position that aims to enrich student satisfaction and improve student retention by pairing students with a mentor from the time they start the program through graduation day. 

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MBM Faculty Members Attend Hypnosis Meeting in Toronto: Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth

Drs. Moss and Willmarth Accompanied by Spouses


Two faculty members from Saybrook’s College of Mind-Body Medicine will attend the annual meeting of The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) in Toronto, October 10-14.   SCEH is a national organization of mental health and health professionals dedicated to the highest level of scientific inquiry and the conscientious application of hypnosis in the clinical setting.  

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Organizations Promoting Mind-Body Medicine: Introduction to the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and its September 2012 Conference in Rzeszow, Poland

Photos at BFE Conference in Poland, September 2012


The Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) is a non-profit organization sponsoring a conference in Europe once each calendar year, promoting self-regulation oriented therapies, biofeedback, neurofeedback, and related therapies.  The BFE sponsors an online journal, Psychophysiology Today, and regular webinars providing professional education in biofeedback and neurofeedback.  The website for the BFE is www.bfe.org

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World Mental Health Week and the International Network of Integrative Mental Health

The INIMH Logo


October 7-13, 2012 is World Mental Health Week.  The aim of World Mental Health Week is to educate and increase awareness about mental illness and mental health needs worldwide.  This year’s World Mental health Week is a good time to consider lending your personal and professional time and energies to promoting integrative mental health care world-wide.  Consider joining the International Network for Integrative Mental Health (INIMH).

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Jerrol Kimmel Combines Career in Integrative Health Care with Mentoring College of MBM Students

College of MBM Mentor Jerrol Kimmel

Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA, sees her position as a mentor for the Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine program as the culmination of her work as a mind-body specialist since the mid-1980’s. 

Jerrol began her career in community mental health and the healing arts in 1975 with a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley. In 1983 she completed a nursing program in order to integrate Western Medicine with holistic practices.  With the intention of complementing her passion of integrative health with additional academic rigor she received her Masterʼs degree in Integrative Health Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.  Jerrol has maintained a private practice since 1980 incorporating massage therapy, mind-body techniques and other holistic modalities in assisting her clients in attaining physical, emotional and spiritual health.  She is a faculty member of the Center for Mind-Body Medicineʼs professional training programs and is also part of the Centerʼs Global Trauma Relief team providing training for health and mental professionals in Israel, Gaza and Haiti.

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Journal Edited by College of MBM Chair Donald Moss to Appear in Polish Language Edition

Katarzyna Sienkowicz and Donald Moss (Left); Rafal Sztembis (Right)

The accompanying photos show College of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss and Polish neurologist Katarzyna Sienkiewicz holding a copy of the first issue of Biofeedback: A Clinical Journal  to appear in a Polish language edition, and also Dr. Raphal Sztembis, the translator and organizer of the Polish edition.  These photos were taken during the scientific meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, on Thursday September 13, in Rzeszow, Poland.

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International Spread of Mind-Body Approaches: Biofeedback in Poland

Piotr Sobaniec and Dr. Donald Moss in Rzeszow, Poland

Donald Moss, Chair of the College of Mind-Body Medicine, is in Rzeszow, Poland, attending the 16th meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE). Dr. Moss is a Board member for the BFE and has taught at BFE conferences in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland.  He is providing blog entries to communicate the growing presence of mind-body approaches in Eastern Europe.

The accompanying photo shows Dr. Don Moss with Piotr Sobaniec, at the current BFE meeting in Rzeszow, Poland.  Piotr is a PhD student at the Medical University in Bialystok, Poland.  Piotr is 27 years old and first attended a workshop with Dr. Moss in Berlin in 2007. Piotr reports that this experience influenced him to study psychophysiology, biofeedback, and neurofeedback further, in Poland and at international conferences.  In 2012, he was able to study in Toronto, with Drs. Michael and Lynda Thompson, pursuing the clinical practice of neurofeedback (using an EEG to re-train cortical rhythms of the human brain).

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SUPERKIDS FOR SUPERFOODS: Nutrition-Based Service Learning Addresses Food Insecurity-Obesity Paradox and Promotes Health Easting in School-Aged Youth: Ruthi Solari, MS, CN

Ruthi Solari with SUPERKIDS



As a nutritionist, Ruthi Solari began Saybrook’s Masters program in Mind Body Medicine with a keen interest in the important role food plays in preventative healthcare and holistic wellness for individuals and communities. When Solari learned that 15% of Americans rely on emergency food sources as a primary source for household food and U.S. schools receive significant support from foodbanks to help provide meals for food-insecure students, she saw an opportunity to improve the nutritional quality of food distributed through food banks. In 2009, Solari founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called SuperFood Drive to focus on healthy hunger relief initiatives. Traditionally, food banks have struggled just to fill empty stomachs – often with no focus on nutrition. Solari had a vision to infuse existing hunger relief organizations (food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens) with healthy food and nutrition education.

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