Michael S. Christopher, PhD

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Self-Care & The Science and Practice of Mindfulness

Practica I & II

Evidence-Based Practice Sample


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital, Behavioral Medicine Program, 2005

PhD, The University of South Dakota, Department of Psychology, doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology, 2004

Pre-Doctoral Intern, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, 2003

MS, Loyola College in Maryland, Department of Psychology, master of arts degree in clinical psychology, 2000                           

BA, Loyola College in Maryland, Department of Psychology, bachelor of arts in psychology, 1996

Roles and Interests

Clinical Interests: treatment of anxiety, depression, psychophysiological/stress-related disorders, and adjustment issues related to physical disabilities. Clinical orientation combines an acceptance and mindfulness-based perspective with multicultural approaches.

Research Interests: Transcultural mindfulness assessment and practice, cultural influences on help-seeking, and positive psychology.

Professional Membership

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Selected Recent Publications

Christopher, M. S., Goerling, R. J., Rogers, B. S., Hunsinger, M., Baron, G., Bergman, A. L., & Zava, D. T. (in press). A pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention on cortisol awakening response and health outcomes among law enforcement officers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Jones, K. D., Mist, S. D., Agnew, M. C., Ali, A., & Christopher, M. S. (in press). Fibromyalgia impact and mindfulness characteristics in 4,986 people with fibromyalgia. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing.

Christopher, M. S., Rogers, B. S., Hunsinger, M., Colgan, D., Reiss, A., & Farwood, H. B. (in press). Distinguishing mindful process from outcome in the prediction of global health and perceived stress in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, Mindfulness.

Christopher, M. S., Woodrich, L. E., & Tiernan, K. A. (2014). Using cognitive interviews to assess the cultural validity of state and trait measures of mindfulness among Zen Buddhists. Mindfulness, 5, 145-160.

Christopher, M. S., Ramsey, M. M., & Antick, J. R. (2013). The role of dispositional mindfulness in mitigating the impact of stress and impulsivity on alcohol-related problems. Addiction Research and Theory, 21, 429-434.

Christopher, M. S., Neuser, N. J., Michael, P. G., & Baitmangalkar, A. (2012). Exploring the psychometric qualities of the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire. Mindfulness, 3, 124-131.

Christopher, M. S., Norris, P., D’Souza, J. B., & Tiernan, K. (2012). A test of the multidimensionality of the Self-Construal Scale in Thailand and the United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 758-773.

Jacob, K. S., Christopher, M. S., & Neuhaus, E. C. (2011). Development and validation of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills Questionnaire (CBTSQ). Behavior Modification, 35,595-611.

Christopher, M. S., D’Souza, J. B., Dhaliwal, S., & Peraza, J. (2010). A test of the personality-culture clash hypothesis among college students in an individualistic and collectivistic culture. International Journal of Culture & Mental Health, 3, 107-116. 

Gilbert, B. D., & Christopher, M. S. (2010). Mindfulness-based attention as a moderator of the relationship between depressed affect and negative cognitions. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 34, 514-521.

Christopher, M. S., & Gilbert, B. D. (2010). Incremental validity of facets of mindfulness in the prediction of depression and satisfaction with life. Current Psychology, 29, 10-23.

Office Location: 
HPC 2 Room 268