What’s Next in the Field?

Hear the insights from the experts in the field. These professionals are deeply embedded in the field, whether they teach, work in the clinic, or research evidence-based practices, they are the driving force behind the science of mindfulness. Read the latest interviews from the leaders in the field to learn about the exciting developments in their work and where the science is heading.

Interview with Helen Weng, PhD

Helen Weng, PhD, is an Osher Fellow, at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at University of California, San Francisco

“My deepest wish is to become a more loving and compassionate person and have my life that truly reflects this. One way is through my work, as these are the topics I study.”

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Interview with Ilana Nankin, PhD, with Breathe For Change

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Ilana Nankin, Ph.D., is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Breathe For Change, a 200-hour yoga training for teachers.


“They found that the rate of behavioral incidents decreased by more than half from the year before. Instead of detention, they practiced non-violent communication among other strategies that we taught their teachers.”

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Interview with Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW

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Dr. Garland is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work and Associate Director of Integrative Medicine in Supportive Oncology at the Hunstman Cancer Institute

“This whole idea emerged out of the observation that patients benefit from doing mindfulness meditation by not only increasing clarity and decreasing stress, but also experiencing more complex cognitive and meaning-based benefits, such as a greater ability to reframe the stressors and adversities in their lives.”

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Interview with David Vago, PhD

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David Vago, Ph.D. is the Research Director for the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University

“When we’re talking about why we do these practices, it’s not to sit in the corner with your eyes closed. It’s really about creating a deeper sense of connection. The whole idea behind contemplative practice is that it refers us to a reflective style of cognitive processing that allows us to engage in a deeply meaningful type of action that serves self and others.”

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Interview with Jeffrey Brantley, MD

Jeffrey Brantley, MD, is one of the founding faculty members of Duke Integrative Medicine

“Similar to what drew me into medicine in the first place, I think the most rewarding part is trying to have some sort of impact on helping people reduce their suffering and become healthier and happier.”

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