Mind-Body Medicine


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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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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Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD Student in School of Mind-Body Medicine, Named as Faculty for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Sabrina N'Diaye Teaching


In 2006, during the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, D.C., attended an Introduction to Mind-Body Medicine workshop, led by Dr. James S. Gordon, the Director of the  Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM).  At the end of the session, Jim encouraged Sabrina to take the Center's certification training. Sabrina responded with, “I am really searching for a doctoral program, and will not be pursuing any more certifications until I find one!”

Four years later, she received an e-mail from The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, announcing its affiliation with Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine degree programs.  “My heart sang, while reading that e-mail from Jim”, Sabrina recalled, “Every cell in my body knew that I was headed to this program!”

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Dr. David Wark to Address “Alert Eyes-Open Hypnosis and Clinical Applications” in School of MBM videoconference.

Dr. David Wark Speaks on Alert Hypnosis


School of MBM Videoconference with David Wark, PhD, on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM Pacific

Join MBM Chair Donald Moss and Director of Training Eric Willmarth on Wednesday evening October 9 for a presentation by Dr. David Wark, an internationally known speaker on clinical hypnosis.  Dr. Wark is a Diplomate and past officer of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis. He served as the President of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis for 1995-97, and of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for 2008-09. He is a life member of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the International Society of Performance Improvement.  Dr. Wark is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, and currently travels and teaches hypnosis to professionals in America, Europe and Asia. He maintains an active practice in clinical hypnosis in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Dr. Curt Lindberg to Address “Complexity and Integrative Health Care Systems” -- School of MBM Videoconference with Curt Lindberg, PhD, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM Pacific

Dr. Curt Lindberg, Consultant on Complexity in Health Care Systems


On October 22, Dr. Curt Lindberg will make an online video presentation for the School of Mind-Body Medicine: “Complexity and Integrative Health Care Systems.”

Join MBM Chair Donald Moss and the Health Care Systems Specialization faculty for an interactive conversation with Curt Lindberg.  Dr. Lindberg holds a doctorate in complexity and organizational change, and has a long term record of service in healthcare administration and consulting.  Currently director of the Billings Clinic Partnership for Complex Systems and Healthcare Innovation, he is recognized for bringing complexity science concepts to healthcare.  Both on an organizational scale and at the individual practitioner’s level, he is committed to fostering health care change for by changing healthcare systems.

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