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Evaluating the Healthy Minds Program Application in a Fully Remote Randomized Controlled Trial

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Delivering meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase access to potentially beneficial practices. The mobile delivery format also makes it possible to conduct large-scale research studies with participants located across the country and/or world. This study compared two versions of the Healthy Minds Program smartphone app in a sample of adults recruited entirely online. Specifically, we assessed the impact of Awareness and Connection training or Awareness and Insight training with a waitlist control condition. The data reveal substantial reductions in anxiety, depression and perceived stress after 8 weeks of using the app. We are currently preparing a manuscript for publication.

People Working on This Study

Simon Goldberg
Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology
Melissa Rosenkranz
Melissa Rosenkranz
Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds, Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Neuroscience, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Tammi Kral
Former Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds

Related Publications

Goldberg, S. B., Imhoff-Smith, T., Bolt, D. M., Wilson-Mendenhall, C. D., Dahl, C. J., Davidson, R. J., & Rosenkranz, M. A. (2020). Testing the Efficacy of a Multicomponent, Self-Guided, Smartphone-Based Meditation App: Three-Armed Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Mental Health, 7(11), 23825. doi:10.2196/23825. PMCID: PMC7732708
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