Michael S. Christopher, PhD

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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

Clinical and Research Interests

Mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches to enhance resilience in high-risk occupations. Current research projects include separate trials evaluating the feasibility and initial efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions for police officers, firefighters, and primary care physicians. I am also interested in the similarities and differences between Western and Buddhist approaches to mindfulness, and the assessment of mindfulness in mindfulness-based intervention research. Most of the students in my lab are working on research in one of these areas. In the clinic, I supervise students primarily from a contextual behavioral science approach, integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness-based interventions.  

Professional Memberships

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Selected Recent Publications (*lab student)

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

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.

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.

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., *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.



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