Jon Kabat-Zinn


Date of birth:

June 05, 1944

Born in:

The United States

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is a founder and Executive Director of the Center for Full Attention in Medicine, Health and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of his renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medical Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It teaches Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various locations around the world. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria.He is the author of numerous scientific articles on the clinical applications of mindfulness in medicine and health care, and a series of books for the lay public: Complete Catastrophe Live: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to cope with stress, pain and disease (Delta, 1991); Wherever you go, you are there: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Hyperion, 1994); Coming to our senses: healing ourselves and the world through Mindfulness (Hyperion, 2005); and arriving at his own door: 108 Lessons of Mindfulness (Hyperion, 2007). He is also co-author, with his wife Myla, of the Everyday Blessings: the internal work of Conscious Parenting (Hyperion, 1997); and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, of The Conscious Pathway Through Depression: Breaking Free of Chronic Unhappiness (Guilford, 2007). In general, their books have been translated into more than 30 major languages.His research interests have focused on mind/body interactions for healing, clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training, the effects of MBSR on the brain, the immune system and the emotional health expression while under stress; in curing (skin compensation rates) in people with psoriasis; in patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation; with prisoners and officials; in multicultural environments; and stress in various corporate environments and work environments. His work on Clinic Tension Reduction was featured on Bill Moyers' special PBS, 'Cure and Mind' and in the same title book, as well as on the Good Morning America program, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and NPR. He has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness in traditional institutions such as medicine and psychology, health care and hospitals, schools, companies, the legal profession, prisons, and professional sports.He has groups of CEOs, judges, trained members clergy, and Olympic athletes (Men's 1984 Olympic Rowing Team) and officials of Congress in full consciousness. Stress Reduction Clinic has served as a model for mindfulness-based clinical intervention programs at more than 200 nation-wide and overseas medical centers and clinics. Dr. Kabat-Zinn has received numerous awards during the period of his career. He is a fellow foundation of the Fetzer Institute and a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He received the Achievement Award from the Career Foundation interface and tenth year Achievement Anniversary of New York Open Center for Medical and Health Award (1994); Art, Science and Soul of Award Healing Institute of Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco (1998); the 2nd Trailblazer Annual Award for "pioneering work in the field of integrative medicine" at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California (2001); the Distinguished Friend of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2005), and a Pioneer Inaugural Integrative Medicine Award at the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (2007). He is the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and acts in the Council of Mind and Life Institute, a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists to promote a deeper understanding of the different ways of knowing and probing the nature of mind, emotions and reality. He was chair co-program of Mind and Life Dialogue 2005: The Appl Clinical

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