A specific training program for law enforcement officers is being evaluated for its effectiveness at helping them cope with the rigors of the job.
Mindful Health & Resilience Lab
As a lab, we have a long-standing interest in the study and practice of mindfulness meditation and related contemplative experiences. In earlier research, we investigated dispositional mindfulness and its measurement, with a particular focus on Buddhist cultural validity of Western mindfulness measures. More recently, we have focused on studying mindfulness training as a method to enhance stress resilience and health. Along with Richard Goerling, Sarah Bowen, and Brant Rogers, we developed Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training (MBRT), an integrated mindfulness and resilience training designed to improve stress resilience and health outcomes among high-stress cohorts.
The lab is currently studying MBRT feasibility, mechanisms, and biological, behavioral, and psychological outcomes among first responders and other groups. Students in the lab are primarily focused in one of these areas.
Current dissertation projects include studies evaluating the:
link between cortisol reactivity/recovery and aggression
mitigating impact of self-compassion on burnout among firefighters
psychological and neuropsychological impact of mindfulness training on female veterans and their children
impact of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Perinatal Depression on maternal and infant birth outcomes.
Aaron Bergman PhD ‘18, a Pacific University doctoral student in clinical psychology, believes smarthphones also have the potential to help people struggling to find lasting recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Mindfulness Reduces Stress and Anger in Police describes the recent work of professors Michael Christopher and Sarah Bowen, and graduate student Aaron Bergman.