Mindfulness, Well-being and Virtue Development

Mindfulness as a psychological construct and a form of clinical intervention has been widely researched among adults. In this line of research, we examine the effects of infusing meditation with spirituality as well as the effects of mindfulness training in promoting academic and social emotional functioning among ethnic minority youths.

1. The Spiritual Mindfulness Study
2. School-based Depression Screening and Prevention Intervention

The Spiritual Mindfulness Study

 
 

Despite deep roots in Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, mindfulness meditation has been researched almost exclusively in the U.S. within Western psychological frameworks. What are the differences between Western psychological, Christian, and Buddhist conceptualizations and practices of meditation? Can the benefits of mindfulness meditation be enhanced when it is reintegrated with its spiritual traditions? How may cultural values impact the effects of meditation?

Research team: Laura Harbert, Ph.D., Ben Houltberg, Ph.D., Chris Perez, Ph.D. (University of La Verne), Zandra Wagoner, Ph.D. (University of La Verne), Tracy Lo, Ph.D. (China Graduate School of Theology)

School-based Depression Screening and Prevention Intervention

 
 

Ethnic minority youths are at greater risk of unmet mental health needs compared to their Non-Hispanic White counterparts. Can universal depression screening reduce observed racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service referral and utilization? Can school-based mindfulness intervention promote academic and social emotional functioning among ethnic minority youths?

Research team: Grace Park, Joel Jin, M.A., Anna Lau, Ph.D. (UCLA), Laurel Bear, Ph.D. (Gateway to Success, Alhambra Unified School District)