Abby is a Contemplative Psychologist and currently works with the Center for Healthy Minds. Her career focus is the integration of contemplative practice and theory with clinical science. She teaches Contemplative Psychology and meditation locally and internationally. With expertise in prevention, assessment and treatment, Abby has offered her services in hospital, psychiatric and counseling center settings with individuals/groups, children/adults as well as couples/families.
In addition to the implementation of individual and group mindfulness-based interventions, Abby’s scholarship also focuses on training and supervision. Using Community-Based Participatory Action Research approaches for treatment and program development, she aims to better understand and honor the lived experiences of patients and community members in her collaborations. Abby’s recent work and emerging interests include assessing and enhancing community health and well-being.
During her graduate studies, Abby volunteered at the Center for Healthy Minds doing clinical assessment for the Veteran Wellness project, and most recently, she was a consultant for Healthy Minds Innovations. Currently as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center, Abby’s work includes research activities and intervention support for the Well-Being Study and the Healthy Minds Program.
B.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
What does well-being mean to me?
"I view well-being very broadly, incorporating not only the psychological, but also physical, relational and spiritual dimensions of human experience."