Police Health & Resilience Study | School of Graduate Psychology

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

The Police Health and Resilience Study will assess two programs designed to 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 online skills training.

All participating officers will meet virtually with Pacific University staff to complete four online
assessment sessions over a 9-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.

Who: Sworn law enforcement officers up to and including the rank of Sergeant. Participants must be willing to
commit to an 8-week online training and complete four online assessment sessions.

When: Training groups will meet once a week for 8 consecutive weeks beginning in March, 2021. Classes will last 1 to 1 ½-hours, with two extended classes lasting 4 or 7 hours. Online assessment sessions will occur just before and after the
group training classes, and at 3 and 6 months after training.

Where: All assessment sessions and training groups will take place virtually via Zoom. There will be no
in-person contact during the study.

Cost: Free

For more information or to register, please call/text Janae at (503) 317-1124 or email: janae.taylor@pacificu.edu 

Contact Lt. Richard Goerling (ret.) 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; Oregon Health & Science
University, Department of Neurology

This study is funded by the National Institute of Health Grant # U01AT009841-01A1  Study title: Mindfulness-Bases Resilience Training for Aggression, Stress and Health in Law Enforcement Officers
The study is being conducted by Pacific University and University of New Mexico IRB #: 090-18  Principal Investigators: Michael Christopher, PhD and Sarah Bowen, PhD


Contact Us

Janae Taylor | Contact Study Coordinator
503-317-1124 | janae.taylor@pacificu.edu
Lt. Richard Goerling (ret.) | Co-Investigator
503-502-0661 | rgoerling@pacificu.edu