2017 Conference Details

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Mark T. Greenberg Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Greenberg is the founding director of the Bennett Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. His research interests include intervening in the developmental processes in risk and non-risk populations with a specific emphasis on aggression, violence, and externalizing disorders; promoting healthy social and emotional development through school-based prevention; the study of community partnerships and the diffusion of evidence-based programs; the study of contemplative practices and mindfulness interventions; the interface of neuroscience, molecular genetics and prevention. He is one of the authors of the PATHS curriculum, which is used in thousands of schools in more than 20 countries. He is also a senior investigator on numerous national and international research projects including Fast Track, PROSPER, the Family Life Project, REDI, and PATHS to Success. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles and book chapters on developmental psychopathology, well-being, and the effects of prevention efforts on children and families. He received the Research Scientist Award (2002) and the Presidential Award (2012) from the Society for Prevention Research in 2002 and the Society for Child Development Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children Award in 2009. One of his current interests is how to help nurture awareness and compassion in our society. He serves on the Board of Directors of CASEL and chairs their Research Advisory Group.

Richard J. Davidson Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, Madison 

Dr. Davidson is director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he has been a faculty member since 1984. Best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain, and a friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he leads conversations on well-being on international stages such as the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Council on Mental Health. Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006. His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style as well as methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices. His studies have centered on people across the lifespan, from birth through old age. In addition, he’s conducted studies with individuals with emotional disorders such as mood and anxiety disorders and autism, as well as expert meditation practitioners with tens of thousands of hours of experience. His research uses a wide range of methods including different varieties of MRI, positron emission tomography, electroencephalography and modern genetic and epigenetic methods. Throughout his career, he has published more than 300 articles and 80 chapters/reviews as well as edited 14 books. He is the author, with Sharon Begley, of The New York Times bestseller "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" published by Penguin in 2012. 

Mindfulness Research in Diverse Communities

Angela Rose Black Founder, CEO, Mindfulness for the People

Angela Rose Black is a Complementary & Integrative Health Research Fellow at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she explores the cultural relevance of existing mindfulness and compassion training for African American women. Dr. Black’s interdisciplinary background in Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Women’s Studies, Public Health, and Mind-Body Medicine is supported by training at Tulane University, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, Stanford, and the Mayo Clinic. For the last 15 years she has committed her journey to making room for black women’s voices in health disparities research and practice. Dr. Black also seeks to increase access to culturally-relevant mind-body training for communities of color. She advocates for mindfulness and compassion research that is self-reflexive and community-engaged—an “inside-out” approach that provides a necessary “pause” for researchers and re-centers the voices and lived experiences of communities of color as expert bodies of knowledge. In between teaching CCT and conducting community-engaged research in Madison and Milwaukee, Dr. Black serves as a proud board member of COMPASSION IT and Founder/Senior Practitioner at OneBreath Wellness

India Ornelas School of Public Health,  University of Washington, Amigas Latina Motivando el Alma (ALMA) Program

Dr. Ornelas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. She currently serves as the Research Director for the Latino Center for Health. Her research focuses on how social and cultural factors influence health and the development of interventions to address Latino health disparities. Dr. Ornelas received her MPH from the University of Washington and her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program at the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center working with Beti Thompson on Latino health disparities in Seattle and the Yakima Valley. She also served as a fellow with the Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While at the CDC, she had the opportunity to work at the local, state, and federal level to develop programs to address U.S.-Mexico border health disparities.


Mindful Prenatal Programs

Ira Katrowitz-Gordon, School of Nursing, University of Washington

Dr. Kantrowitz-Gordon is a professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing. He works with students who will become the next generation of caring and compassionate nurse-midwives. He is a nurse-midwife who provides reproductive health care to women at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. Serving women from minority and immigrant populations with language barriers and other disadvantages sparked his interest in the connection between stress and preterm birth. In his PhD dissertation he used a combination of interviews and photo-elicitation to explore parents’ distress after preterm birth. Since then he has become interested in finding ways to reduce stress during pregnancy using mindfulness techniques. Using data from a large internet survey of stress in pregnancy, he is examining the relationship between mindfulness and depression, anxiety, and stress. He is also testing an internet mindfulness program for high-risk pregnant women with the goal of making stress-reduction simple and accessible. The ultimate goal of his program of research is to improve outcomes for high-risk families.

Sona Dimidjian, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Dimidjian received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2005. She joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2006. Dr. Dimidjian's research addresses the treatment and prevention of depression, with a particular focus on the mental health of women during pregnancy and postpartum. She is a leading expert in cognitive and behavioral approaches to treating and preventing depression and in the clinical application of contemplative practices, such as meditation and yoga. Current projects in her lab focus on the development of preventive interventions with at risk pregnant women, on the dissemination of evidence based psychotherapy, and, in collaboration with Tor Wager, on the neuroscience of compassion and interventions designed to increase compassionate behavior.

Larissa Duncan, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Duncan is the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Duncan is the Associate Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison. Dr. Duncan is internationally recognized for her development of a framework to promote and assess mindful parenting as well as her work to bring mindfulness and compassion training to pregnant women, children/adolescents, and families in school, community, and medical contexts. Dr. Duncan employs mixed methods to study the biological and psychological pathways through which contemplative practices may support healthy child and family development as enhancements to other evidence-based strategies for prevention and lifecourse health promotion. She is committed to working to improve the cultural relevance of these approaches to increase their impact in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in child and family well-being and advance health equity.  At UW-Madison, she directs the AWARE (Awareness, Well-Being, and Resilience for Equity) Research Lab. 

Mindfulness in Parenting

Justin Parent, Clinical Psychology Resident, Brown University

Justin Parent is a doctoral candidate in clinical science and developmental psychology at the University of Vermont and a clinical psychology resident at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. His research is grounded in the field of developmental psychopathology and focuses on the influence parents have on family health and their children’s psychosocial development. He is also interested in measurement and psychometrics as well as modern modeling methods.

Marsha Garstein, Psychology Clinic, Washington State University

Dr. Gartstein’s research addresses social-emotional development, primarily in early childhood, with an emphasis on identifying typical trajectories of temperament development, as well as risk and protective factors relevant to the development of psychopathology. In addition, parental contributions to both temperament development and the emergence of symptoms/behavior problems continue to be examined. She has been fortunate to collaborate with a number of wonderful colleagues abroad, who contributed to another area of research she is involved in, namely cross-cultural study of temperament development and developmental psychopathology. Dr. Gartstein has also maintained a part-time private practice with the Educational and Psychological Services in Moscow, Idaho for the past 10 years, providing a variety of clinical services to children and families.

Sydney Iverson, Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, Washington State University

Sydney Iverson, M.S., has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, and a Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University. She is currently a candidate for her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at Washington State University. She is a service extender working under Dr. Gartstein. Her research focuses on infant temperament, parent-child interactions, and attachment.

Liliana Lengua, Director, Center for Child and Family Well-Being, University of Washington 

Dr. Lengua, UW Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, is a child clinical psychologist and a mother of 3 children. She is an internationally recognized expert on children's vulnerable and resilient responses to stress, demonstrating how parenting and children's temperament contributes to children's unique responses to stress. She is also recognized for her research on the effects of stress and disadvantage on parenting and children's social-emotional development, and has developed an evidenced-based parenting program infused with mindfulness practices to enhance parenting effectiveness. She has been the principal investigator of several federally funded research projects and is the author of over 80 published papers. She serves on the steering committee for the CDC funded Washington State Essentials for Childhood Initiative, collaborates with the Harvard Center for the Developing Child Frontiers of Innovation, and serves on the board of trustees for Neighborhood House, a private, nonprofit and anti-poverty organization. 

Increasing Compassion and Self-Compassion: Interventions for Youth and Parents

Karen Bluth, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Surfing the Waves of Adolescence: Findings from a Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens

Dr. Bluth has been practicing mindfulness for over 35 years and has attended numerous retreats at Insight Meditation Society, Southern Dharma Retreat Center, among others. She co-founded the Knoxville Interfaith Meditation Group in 1994, and practiced regularly with this meditation group for 18 years. Dr. Bluth received her mindfulness instructor training at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed her doctoral training in 2012. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on improving adolescent and family well-being through mindfulness interventions, and is particularly interested in how mindfulness practice can help adolescents navigate what can be a challenging developmental period.  In addition to her mindfulness training, Dr. Bluth is a former educator with 18 years classroom teaching experience with children and adolescents. She is the Associate Director of the Program on Integrative Medicine at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her new book is The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are.

Response to a mindful self-compassion intervention in teens: A within-person association of mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional well-being outcomes.


Julia Poehlmann-Tyson, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Wsiconsin-Madison

Compassionate Parenting: Effects of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training for Parents of Young Children

Dr. Poehlmann-Tynan, Professor and Director of Center for Child and Family Well-being, focuses on the role of family relationships in the development of resilience in high risk infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She is interested in how emerging relationships interact with biological and environmental vulnerabilities in shaping the cognitive and social emotional development of children who experience a range of risks. Dr. Poehlmann-Tynan’s research emphasizes how children and parents make contributions to their relationships with each other, rather than emphasizing parental characteristics like much of the existing attachment research. Her findings bridge attachment theory with ecologically-based transactional developmental theories. Dr. Poehlmann-Tynan has 2 lines of research: (1) children with incarcerated parents, and (2) preterm infants. She recently completed a 6-year longitudinal study of preterm infants that was funded by NICHD that examined early parent-infant interactions and emerging self-regulation skills on children’s social, behavioral, and academic outcomes. Dr. Poehlmann-Tynan is also in the middle of 2 studies examining young children of jailed parents.

Russell Toomey Family Studies & Human Development, University of Arizona

A pilot Study of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training for Transgender Youth and their Parents

Dr. Toomey’s research identifies malleable family and other salient contextual (i.e., school, community) features that contribute to and mitigate health disparities experienced by marginalized adolescents in the United States. His research has examined these relationships with explicit attention to the minority-specific stressors of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that contribute to the disparate rates of negative outcomes experienced by sexual and gender diverse adolescents and Latinx youth, and the protective factors (e.g., family support, acceptance) that buffer these associations. Although most of his work has examined these populations separately, his current research integrates these two distinct – but conceptually similar - lines of research, and focuses on how the amalgamation of individuals’ multiple marginalized identities contributes to their contextual experiences and well-being.

Supporting Self-Regulation in Youth

Caroline Boxmeyer, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of Alabama

Dr. Boxmeyer is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in the College of Community Health Sciences, and a Research Scientist in The University of Alabama’s Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems. Her federally-funded program of research focuses on developing, testing, and disseminating preventive interventions that support children’s social and emotional development and family well-being. She is a master trainer in the Coping Power program for at-risk youth. She also co-developed the Power PATH program for parents of preschoolers, as well as the Mindful Coping Power program, which integrates mindfulness and cognitive behavioral treatment approaches. Dr. Boxmeyer has completed specialty training in children’s nature-based learning and examines the benefits of nature exposure on children and families. Dr. Boxmeyer also provides direct psychological services to adults, children and families at the University Medical Center and behavioral health training to family medicine residents, medical students, rural medical scholars, and psychology graduate students.

Shari Miller, Clinical Research Psychologist, RTI International

Dr. Miller's research centers on mindfulness-based interventions and adaptations for specialized populations. Other expertise includes development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based programs. Dr. Miller is certified as a yoga instructor using a mindful approach to enhance awareness of the present moment through breath awareness and postures.

Kevin King Department of Psychology, University of Washington

Dr. King's research focuses on how adolescent alcohol and drug use progresses into substance abuse and dependence and how between individual differences in self-regulation might underlie those pathways. His work has attempted to understand how cognitive and emotional aspects of self-regulation develops across adolescence, how context shapes their development, and how these forms of self regulation may either enhance or buffer the effects of other risk factors on problematic alcohol and drug use. A second line of research seeks to apply advanced statistical models to better understand change over long and short periods of time. His research explores and utilizes advanced statistical methods to study development and change over time, including latent growth curve modeling, structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, IRT and measurement models, and advanced tests and forms of mediational processes. He has been principle and co-investigator on multiple federal and private foundation grants to examine substance use in youth and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications appearing in major journals including Addiction, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Prevention Science.


Practice Workshop

Cynthia Price, School of Nursing, University of Washington

Interoceptive Awareness Skills and Practice: Facilitating Emotion Regulation for Individuals with a History of Sexual Trauma

Dr. Price is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington. Her research and clinical expertise is in the acquisition of interoceptive awareness. In private practice for 20 years, she developed Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) to teach interoceptive awareness and related skills for self-care and emotion regulation. Her research program is focused on studying the efficacy and mechanisms of MABT for distressed populations. The majority of her work focuses on community-based research for individuals who are disconnected from their bodies due to substance use, trauma or pain. She is the Director of the Center for Mindful Body Awareness (http://cmbaware.org/), a non-profit focused on teaching MABT, and integrating mindful body awareness education into programs for underserved populations.



Friday April 28 - Saturday April 29, 2017


Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS HALL (Northwest Horticultural Society), Seattle, WA

3501 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98105
tel: (206) 543-8616
Directions to Center for Urban Horticulture

Inset Map Both Sites


Parking is available at the Center for Urban Horticulture.


A continental breakfast and a buffet-style lunch on Friday and Saturday  are included with the registration fee. 

Note: there will be a 2-hour break for dinner prior to Friday evening's keynote address. You will be on your own for this meal. We recommend making a reservation at one of the nearby restaurants that are a 15-20 walk away, or a 10 minute Uber/Taxi ride.

Lists of nearby restaurant suggestions:

Talaris Off-Site Dining Suggestions

University Village Dining list


Conference Rates

***Registration with a Poster is for conference attendees who are not students. Please complete the Poster Submission Form to register for the $170 fee. By submitting an abstract, you will have reserved your spot in the conference, so please wait until you have been notified by CCFW about the status of your poster before completing your registration. Poster submissions received by Monday, January 16th, 2015 will receive the fullest consideration, although poster abstracts submitted after that date will be considered. Notification of acceptance will be sent by February15, 2017. If your poster is accepted, you will receive a code to register for the $170 fee.

Students are also encouraged to submit abstracts for posters by completing the Poster Submission Form.  Students do not need to wait to hear if their poster has been accepted to register for the conference. Students may register for the conference anytime.

If you have any questions, please contact mindful@uw.edu.