Mind-Body Medicine


College of Mind-Body Medicine PhD Student, Renee Rolle-Whatley, Completes Practicum Placement in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

PhD Student Renee Rolle-Whatley and Timothy Sam Kit Tin, L.Ac

Renee Rolle-Whatley, a PhD student in the Saybrook University College of Mind-Body Medicine, recently completed a practicum placement with acupuncture practitioner Timothy Sam Kit Tin, L.Ac. This practicum provided her with the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the real-time use of a medical system of diagnosis and treatment already several thousands of years old. Acupuncture as practiced by Tin and his colleagues at Joyee Acupuncture and Herb, was both grounded in ancient Chinese medical wisdom and focused to treat common modern physical complaints. Mr. Tin was an enthusiastic mentor, jumping in with both feet, even though he and Ms. Rolle-Whatley differed in language, culture, and healthcare profession. By allowing her to learn by observation, discussion, and comparison, he provided a memorable and beneficial internship experience. 


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Embodied Practice for Health and Wellbeing: A Healing Retreat for Mental Health Professionals Experiencing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Introducing Kari M. Allen-Hammer

College of MBM MS Student Kari Allen-Hammer

Mental health professionals often work in stressful environments, and are exposed regularly to human suffering.  As a result, they risk emotional and physical exhaustion that can lead to burnout syndrome and compassion fatigue.  

For her Master’s project, Kari M. Allen-Hammer described the problems of burnout syndrome and compassion fatigue as experienced by some mental health professionals, examined the research that supports the use of mind-body medicine practices for reducing the emotional stress that can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue, and formulated an original 16-hour urban retreat program designed to guide mental health professionals to embody states of heightened awareness of their mental, physical and spiritual needs.

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College of Mind-Body Medicine Offers Certificate in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback

Trainee Learns Self-Regulation through Biofeedback


This Certificate provides a comprehensive training in biofeedback and neurofeedback,  following the knowledge blueprint of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).  Students must document access to biofeedback instrumentation including at least three modalities, and preferably access to neurofeedback instrumentation as well. The Certificate includes five courses, four residential conferences, a graduate colloquium, and a capstone integrative essay.

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MBM Master’s Student Builds Stress Management Website for Diabetics: Maureen Molinari, MS

Maureen Molinari, MS Graduate in College of Mind-Body Medicine

For her final Master’s Project, Maureen Molinari researched how stress impacts people with diabetes both physiologically and psychologically, and then created a website providing videos and information for effective stress-management,  using yoga, guided imagery, and nutrition.  The website uses health-coaching, because she believes that a coaching model empowers people with diabetes to make meaningful lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.  Health coaching uses the clients’ vision of health and wellness to guide the coaching sessions, providing a supportive way to work with people.

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College of Mind-Body Medicine Student Produces Manual for Group-Based Mind-Body Skills Approach for Enhancing Sexual Wellness: Introducing Alexzandria Baker

Alexzandria Baker


Sexual dysfunction is highly prevalent in today’s society, impacting 31% of men and 43% of women, according to one study conducted by Laumann, Paik, and Rosen (1999). Sexual dysfunction is more common in persons with poor physical and emotional health and is closely associated with negative experiences in sexual relationships and overall well-being. With the advent of new drug therapies and surgical options for the treatment of sexual dysfunction, sexual health is becoming increasingly medicalized, resulting in the lack of adult sexuality education available outside of the medical setting and a pathology-based approach to “treating” sexual concerns. Given the multidimensional context of sexual wellness, however, the allopathic approach seems to be severely inadequate. In addition, the medical community charged with providing treatment seems unprepared and undereducated for the task thus opening the potential for prescribing ineffective or extreme treatments for symptom reduction rather than addressing root causes or offering patient-centered approaches.

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College of MBM Energy Medicine Residential Conference: MBM Students Learn about Human Energy Field, and Participate in Chakra Energy Assessment

MBM Students Renee and Ramona Conduct Chakra Assessment


On June 11, approximately 22 students prepared to attend the residential component of their class on The Human Energy Field and Energy Medicine at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD.  That morning the Hyatt suffered a power outage (an “energy crisis”) leaving hundreds of guests walking down several flights of stairs and missing some of the comforts that electricity brings, particularly the air conditioning.  Unfazed by the lack of electricity Associate Dean Dan Sterenchuk quickly responded and found an alternative location for the class.   College Chair Don Moss led a morning meditation and check-in on the mezzanine of the Hyatt, and then students proceeded to the new location and spent the day with Beverly Rubik, PhD, learning about some of the latest advances in Energy Medicine.  

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The Saybrook Institutional Review Board and your Research

Dr. M. Willson Williams

The SIRB and your Research

One aspect of being an ethical professional is that all research should be proposed and approved by an institutional review board, which assures the well-being of any human participants involved in the research. For Saybrook students and faculty, the Saybrook Institutional Review Board (or SIRB) must approve any research project before it is implemented.

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Food as Medicine Speaker Suggests Surrounding Homes with Edible Landscapes and Promotes Healthy Internal Landscapes to Fight Cancer: Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD.

Jeanne Wallace, PhD, at Food as Medicine 2012


PhD students in the Saybrook College of MBM attend the Food as Medicine training program, as part of their Nutrition and Health class.  The Food as Medicine program, sponsored by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, was held this June in Bethesda, MD. One of the highlights of this year’s program was Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD, an innovative nutritionists who spoke twice: first on creating an "edible landscape," using healthy foods and herbs in landscape and garden to surround oneself with healthy food options, and second on creating a healthy environment within the body, to inhibit cancer cell growth using nutrition. Jeanne Wallace heads the “Nutritional Solutions Consulting Group,” which provides consulting to cancer patients throughout the US and abroad.  Wallace is the author of “Holistic Oncology Update.”

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MBM Instructor Creates Curriculum for Food as Medicine Conference: Kathie Swift, MS, RD, LDN

Kathie Swift in the Kitchen


Kathie Swift is the curriculum designer for the Food as Medicine conference sponsored by the Center for Mind Body Medicine.  Follow this link, http://www.cmbm.org/professional-trainings/food-as-medicine/ to learn more about the conference.  Be sure to watch the video and listen to Kathie describe, “What’s special about Food as Medicine.  Listening to Kathie’s enthusiasm about the conference will surely peak your curiosity and get you excited to attend the conference at your first opportunity.  

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The first step to fixing America's health care system is sharing our stories

Shawn Tassone

Are you one of the millions of Americans who have been let down by the medical system?

Dr. Shawn Tassone wants to hear from you for his blog ("The 90 minute check-up") on Psycholoty Today.

A doctoral candidate in Saybroko's Mind-Body Medicine program, Tassone has heard a number of stories from patients disenchanted with the American medical system - and understands why.

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