Mind-Body Medicine


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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The College of Mind-Body Medicine Certificate in Clinical and Applied Hypnosis

Anton Mesmer (1734-1815)

Modern hypnosis began with Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). Today hypnosis is an evidence-based practice, widely researched in university research programs, and used clinically in pain management, pre-surgical preparation, anxiety treatment, and a host of other medical and mental health applications.

This Certificate provides a comprehensive introduction to clinical and applied hypnosis, following the clinical training guidelines of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. The Certificate includes five courses, four residential conferences, and a capstone integrative essay.

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A Tribute to a Dissertation Chair: Honoring Constance T. Fischer



The relationship between graduate students and University faculty is often a complex and rich one. The dissertation chair plays an especially pivotal role in the final stages of the PhD student’s career and in the launching of his or her career.  On June 3, I had the opportunity to attend the retirement party for Constance T. Fischer, my own dissertation chair at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. I will share some observations about Connie Fischer’s  contributions to our understanding of human behavior and just touch on her contributions to my career.

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Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Pioneer in Consciousness-Based Health Care, to Provide August 2012 Commencement Address for College of MBM

Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, MBM Graduation Speaker


Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD, will provide the commencement address for the College of Mind-Body Medicine in San Diego on August 14 at 7:30 PM.  Saybrook students, faculty, and their friends and families are invited to attend the commencement program.

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MBM Doctoral Student Beth Haggett Sheers Sheep and Participates in Master Class for Psychotherapists in France



[Linda Finlay, PhD, is a British scholar in reflexive and hermeneutical phenomenological research method. She is serving as a dissertation coach for Beth Haggett’s doctoral dissertation.]
Here is a photo of my day sheep-shearing in Normandy, France, with my mentor/research coach Linda Finlay. Had a blast shearing and worming the 70 plus sheep. The farmhouse was built in the year 1600. I am here for a Master Class of Psychotherapists from France, Brazil, Italy, Denmark and the UK. It was a Gestalt training/supervision/theory course, intensive and experiential lead by Dr. Ken and Joanna Evans. I did an experiential "Parent Interview" and was picked up and held by this wonderful group of brothers and sisters from across the world, who showed me such great love and acceptance! 

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College of MBM Instructor is Passionate about the Power of Nutrition to Transform Health: Introducing Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN



Liz Lipski is passionate about the power of nutrition to transform health. Her interest in nutrition began with herbal medicine.  Although she enjoyed teaching about the medicinal value of herbs, including how to make herbal tinctures, it occurred to her that although herbs can be used to restore and maintain health, food and nutrition are the foundation for health.  This realization led her to pursue a PhD in nutrition from the Union Institute.

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MBM Student Leads Medical Students in Shamanic Quest, and Makes Presentation about the Experience to Society of Scientific Exploration Meeting: Shawn Tassone, MD

World Institute of Scientific Exploration


Attending professional conferences is a great way to learn new information, strengthen skills in a chosen area, and network with other like-minded individuals.  Presenting original work is an entirely different experience.  Saybrook students are part of a pioneering movement to bring a humanistic experience to health care.  Therefore, presenting their research-based scientific ideas to colleagues is sure to become part of their path in chosen areas of interest.

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