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A Classroom-Based Training Program for Attention and Emotion Regulation

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Supported by a three-year grant from the Department of Education, we are building upon our initial pilot work studying attention and emotion regulation at the elementary school level. Moving the work forward, we are developing a comprehensive, self-sustaining “train the trainers” model to better understand the impact of our mindfulness-based training as well as how frequently it should be used within the school context.

Over a period of three years, we’re creating a prototype of an integrated training curriculum for 5th grade teachers and students. The program development has three main components:

  1. To train teachers in a mindfulness-based program adapted specifically for school teachers
  2. To develop a parallel training program for students
  3. To support and prepare classroom teachers to implement the student training curriculum

We are conducting classroom observations and assessing the progress of children and teachers using a variety of research measures before and after the training period to explore the effects of training.

People Working on This Study

RichardDavidsonDirectory
Richard J. Davidson
Founder, Center for Healthy Minds & Healthy Minds Innovations, William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry
Lisa Flook
Lisa Flook
Associate Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds
LoriGustafson
Lori Gustafson
Senior Outreach Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds
Matthew Hirshberg
Matt Hirshberg
Graduate Student, Center for Healthy Minds
CaraKnoeppel
Cara Knoeppel
Associate Research Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds
ChadMcGehee
Chad McGehee
Outreach Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds
LawrenceTello
Lawrence Tello
Associate Research Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds
Evan Moss
Evan Moss
Project Assistant, Center for Healthy Minds
Jane Sachs
Jane Sachs
Research Program Manager, Center for Healthy Minds
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