Michael Christopher, PhD

Professor | Director of Clinical Training
UC Box 
HPC-2, Room 268

Mindful Health and Resilience Lab Website


    • Postdoctoral 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
    • Doctoral Intern, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, 2003
    • MS, Loyola University Maryland, Department of Psychology, master of science degree in clinical psychology, 2000                           
    • BA, Loyola University Maryland, Department of Psychology, bachelor of arts in psychology, 1996

    Recent Publications (*lab student/alumni co-author)

    *Kaplan, J. B., *Bergman, A. L., *Green, K., *Dapolonia, E., & Christopher, M. (in press). Relative impact of mindfulness, self-compassion, and psychological flexibility on alcohol use and burnout among law enforcement officers. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

    Hunsinger, M., Christopher, M. S., & *Schmidt, A. M. (in press). The impact of mindfulness training on implicit bias in law enforcement force response decision-making. Mindfulness.

    *Eddy, A., *Bergman, A. L., *Kaplan, J. B., Goerling, R. & Christopher, M. S. (in press). A qualitative analysis of the experience of mindfulness training among law enforcement officers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

    *Colgan, D. D., Christopher, M. S., Bowen, S., & *Eddy, A. (in press). Mindful nonreactivity moderates the relationship between chronic stress and pain interference in law enforcement officers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

    Ribeiro, L., *Colgan, D. D., *Kennedy Hoke, C., Hunsinger, M., Bowen, S., Oken, B. S., & Christopher, M. S. (2020). Differential impact of mindfulness practices on aggression among law enforcement officers. Mindfulness, 11, 734-745.

    Christopher, M., Bowen, S., & Witkiewitz, K. (2020). Mindfulness-based resilience training for aggression, stress and health in law enforcement officers: Study protocol for a multisite, randomized, single-blind clinical feasibility trial. Trials, 21, 236.

    Hunsinger, M., Christopher, M. S., & *Schmidt, A. M. (2019). Mindfulness training, implicit bias, and force response decision-making. Mindfulness, 10, 2555-2566.

    *Colgan, D. D., Christopher, M. S., Bowen, S., Brems, C., Hunsinger, M., *Dapolonia, E. & Tucker, B. (2019). Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Resilience Training for interdisciplinary primary care teams: A mixed-methods feasibility and acceptability trial. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 20(e91), 1-8.

    Knowlton, C. N., Kryvanos, A., Poole, M., Christopher, M. S., & LaFavor, T. (2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the treatment of chronic pain and coexisting depression: A single case study. Clinical Case Studies, 18, 254-269.

    Trombka, M., Demarzo, M., Campos Bacas, D., Beira Antonio, S., Cicuto, K., Salvo, V., Almeida Claudino, F. C., Ribeiro, L., Christopher, M., Garcia-Campayo, J., & Sica Rocha, N. (2018). Study protocol of a multicenter randomized controlled trial of Mindfulness training to reduce burnout and promote quality of life in police officers: The POLICE study. BMC Psychiatry, 18, 151.

    Christopher, M. S., Hunsinger, M., Goerling, R., Bowen, S., Rogers, B., Gross, C. R., *Dapolonia, E., & Pruessner, J. (2018). Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training to reduce health risk, stress reactivity, and aggression among law enforcement officers: A feasibility and  preliminary efficacy trial. Psychiatry Research, 264, 104-115.

    *Kaplan, J. B., Christopher, M. S., & Bowen, S. (2018). Dispositional mindfulness moderates the relationship between occupational stressors and perceived stress among law enforcement personnel. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 33, 227-232.

    Schroeder, D. A., Stephens, L., *Colgan, D., Hunsinger, M., Rubin, D., & Christopher, M. S. (2018). A brief mindfulness-based intervention for primary care physicians: A pilot randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 12, 83-91.

    *Kaplan, J. B., *Bergman, A. L., Christopher, M. S., Bowen, S., & Hunsinger, M. (2017). Role of resilience in mindfulness training for first responders. Mindfulness, 8, 1373-1380.

    *Colgan, D. D., Wahbeh, H., Besler, K., Pleet, M., & Christopher, M. S. (2017). A qualitative study of mindfulness among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: Practices differentially affect symptoms, aspects of well-being, and potential mechanisms of action. 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.


    • Integrative Seminar in Psychology Research
    • Scientific Communication
    • Evidence-Based Practice Sample 

    Professional Memberships & Affiliations

    • Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (Mindfulness SIG)
    • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
    • American Psychological Association