Police Health & Resilience Study | School of Graduate Psychology

Police OfficersThe Police Health and Resilience Study will assess two programs designed to target the effects of stress and increase resilience among officers. Officers will be randomly assigned to one of three groups. 

  • Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training (MBRT)
  • Stress Management Education (SME)
  • No training control group

The MBRT and SME groups will participate in an 8-week skills training.

All participating officers will meet with Pacific University staff to complete assessments at 4 different study visits over an 8-month period. Participation in the study is voluntary and all information will remain confidential. At the end of the study, all officers will receive the opportunity to participate in any of the groups.


Join Pacific University and the University of New Mexico in a unique training and research collaboration that translates the science of resilience.

Who: Sworn, full-time, active status Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s)
Participants must be willing to commit to an 8-week training and completion of 4 study visits.

When: Training groups will meet once a week for 8 consecutive weeks beginning either in September, 2019 or May, 2020. Classes will last 2 to 2 ½ hours with two extended 4 ½ to 6-hour classes. Study visits will occur just before and after the group training classes, and at 3 and 6 months after training.

Where: Pacific University, Health and Resilience Center
1411 SW Morrison Street, Suite 390, Portland OR  97205

Cost: Free

To Register: Call, text or email at 503-352-2408 or resilience@contacts.pacificu.edu.


Contact Lt. Richard Goerling at 503-502-0661 or rgoerling@pacificu.edu

Collaborating Agencies: National Institutes of Health; Pacific University, School of Graduate Psychology, Health and Resilience Center, University of New Mexico, Department of Psychology, OHSU, Department of Neurology

Contact Us

Lt. Richard Goerling
503-502-0661 | rgoerling@pacificu.edu