Current Research

Research on Mindfulness in Undergraduate Medical Education

The development of healthy habits and coping skills that preserve physician wellness should ideally start long before one is in medical practice. The cultivation of mindfulness practice has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety, prevent burnout and improve focus, communication skills and empathy -- all effects that would be predicted to be protective for medical professionals and students alike. At the University of Ottawa, several studies are underway examining the effects of mindfulness curricula in the medical student population.

Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) vs. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

This principal goal of comparative trial is to determine how MBI compares with CBT in improving core symptoms of social anxiety disorder, depressive symptoms, self, esteem, disability and quality of life.

Research on Mindfulness in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis (PWMS)

Multiple sclerosis has a significant negative impact on mood, cognition and quality of life. Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is a group-based intervention that has proven effective in improving wellness in various medical conditions. Our group has completed a feasibility study of 47 PWMS demonstrating positive benefits of mindfulness on mood and HRQoL....



MacLean, Heather.  Mindfulness for Medical School, Residency and Beyond.

Book Chapter

Carol Gonsalves. (2015.) Mindful Medical Practice: Clinical Narratives and Therapeutic Insights. 

Journal Articles

Gonsalves, C., Are You a Human Being or a Human Doing? The role for Mindfulness in Our Lives.

Koszycki, D., Thake J., Mavounza, C., Daoust, J., Taljaard, M., Bradwejn, J. Preliminary investigation of a mindfulness-based intervention for social anxiety disorder that integrates self-compassion and mindful exposure

Danilewitz, M., Bradwejn, J. Koszycki D.  The feasibility of a peer-led mindfulness intervention for medical students. 

Faucher J., Koszycki D., Bradwejn J., Merali Z., Bielajew C. Effects of CBT versus MBSR treatment on social stress reaction in social anxiety disorder.

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts

Sanchez-Campos, M. (2016) Exploring the benefits of a mandatory mindfulness workshop for 3rd year medical students in family medicine, to be presented at Family Medicine Forum 2016 Family Medicine Innovations in Research and Education (November 2016)

MacLean, H., Archibald, D., Sanchez-Campos, M., Jebanesan, D.,Koszycki, D.Gonsalves, C. Does mindfulness affect empathy, resilience and stress in our learners? The results of 1 year of a mindfulness Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME). Ottawa, ON, Canada April 18, 2016

MacLean, H (presenter), Archibald, D., Sanchez-Campos, M., Jebanesan, D.,Koszycki, D., Gonsalves, C. Does mindfulness affect empathy, resilience and stress in our learners? The results of 1 year of a mindfulness curriculum intervention in undergraduate medical education.

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