Michael Christopher, PhD

Professor, PhD Clinical Program
UC Box: 
HPC 2 Room 268

Selected Courses

Integrative Seminar in Psychology Research

Scientific Communication

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

Research Interests

Current research focuses on efficacy testing of Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training (MBRT) in improving stress reactivity and health outcomes among high-stress cohorts, and first responders in particular. As a lab, we have a particular interest in exploring physiological and psychological mechanisms of stress reactivity improvement in MBIs. We also have a long-standing interest in studying similarities and differences between Buddhist and Western mindfulness, and the approach to remediation of suffering. Most of the students in my lab are working on research in one of these areas. 

Clinical Interests

In the PPCH clinic, I supervise PhD students, interns, and post-doctoral fellows, using primarily a contextual behavioral science approach, integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based interventions. I have a particular interest in ACT-informed exposure-based treatment of anxiety. 

Professional Memberships

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (Mindfulness SIG)

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

American Psychological Association

Selected Recent Publications (*lab student)

*Kaplan, J. B., Christopher, M. S., & Bowen, S. (in press). Dispositional mindfulness moderates the relationship between occupational stressors and perceived stress among law enforcement personnel. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

*Kaplan, J. B., *Bergman, A. L., Christopher, M. S., Bowen, S., & Hunsinger, M. (in press). Role of resilience in mindfulness training for first responders. Mindfulness.

Schroeder, D. A., Stephens, L., *Colgan, D., Hunsinger, M., Rubin, D., & Christopher, M. S. (in press). A brief mindfulness-based intervention for primary care physicians: A pilot randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

*Colgan, D. D., Wahbeh, H., Besler, K., Pleet, M., & Christopher, M. S. (2017). The subjective experience of military veterans with PTSD in mind-body intervention research. Journal of Evidence-Based Complimentary & Alternative Medicine, 22, 482-493.

Charoensuk, S., Pitaksongkram, P., & Christopher, M. S. (2016). [ความหมายและปัจจัยบ่มเพาะสติ จากประสบการณ์ของสตรีไทยที่ปฏิบัติธรรม]. Meaning and cultivating factors of mindfulness as experienced by Thai female monks and experienced dhamma practitioners. Nursing Journal of the Ministry of Public Health, 25, 170-183.

*Colgan, D., Christopher, M. S., Michael, P. G., & Wahbeh, H. (2016). Mindful breathing and body scan differentially impact the relationship between mindfulness facets and treatment outcomes in veterans with PTSD. Mindfulness, 7, 372-383.

*Bergman, A. L., Christopher, M. S., & Bowen, S. (2016). Changes in facets of mindfulness predict stress and anger outcomes for police officers. Mindfulness, 7, 851-858.

Christopher, M. S., Goerling, R. J., Rogers, B. S., Hunsinger, M., *Baron, G., *Bergman, A., & Zava, D. T. (2016). 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, 31, 15-28.

Jones, K. D., Mist, S. D., Agnew, M. C., Ali, A., & Christopher, M. S. (2015). Fibromyalgia impact and mindfulness characteristics in 4,986 people with fibromyalgia. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing, 11, 304-309.

Christopher, M. S., Rogers, B. S., Hunsinger, M., *Colgan, D., *Reiss, A., & Farwood, H. B. (2015). Distinguishing mindful process from outcome in the prediction of global health and perceived stress in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, Mindfulness, 6, 693-699.

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.