Amishi P. Jha, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Miami

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Welcome to the Mindfulness-Based Attention Training (MBAT) Military Spouses Project Homepage! This page provides an overview of the University of Miami-led study by Dr. Amishi P. Jha, which will begin in the Fall of 2017 at Fort Drum.


Read more here.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact the Jha Lab!
Phone: (305) 284-8148

This project is in support of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative.



Military spouses are the heart of military families, and optimizing their well-being and success is vital to the effectiveness of our Armed Forces. This cutting-edge DOD-funded project is intended to expand the resilience toolkit for military spouses. It aims to determine if mindfulness and compassion training can strengthen attention and well-being in individuals with high-stress, high-demand lifestyles. Drawing from a substantial evidence base from civilians (Jha, Krompinger, & Baime, 2007; Jha, Rogers, & Morrison, 2014) and active duty military (Jha et al., 2015; Jha et al., 2010) on the effectiveness of mindfulness and compassion training to promote well-being, the current research project aims to examine the effectiveness of the training in military spouses. This project is supported by a DOD-funded grant, award number W81XWH-14-1-0443.


Dr. Amishi Jha with Major General Walter Piatt and mindfulness trainer Margaret Cullen.


University of Miami Research and Training Team

Dr. Amishi Jha Dr. Amishi Jha – Principal Investigator
Dr. Jha oversees all aspects of this project. She is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Miami. Her research program investigates the brain-bases of attention, working memory, and mindfulness. She has received several grants from the Dept. of Defense to study these topics in civilian and military populations. Read more about Dr. Jha here.
Margaret Cullen Margaret Cullen – Program Developer
Margaret Cullen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher. For 20 years she has been pioneering mindfulness-based programs in health care, education, business and academic settings.
Kiara Timpano Dr. Kiara Timpano – Clinical Collaborator
Kiara Timpano is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. Timpano serves an advisory role in the project, supervising screening and ensuring participant well-being.
Ekaterina Denkova Dr. Ekaterina Denkova – Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Dr. Denkova is a post-doc with research interests in the neural mechanisms of autobiographical memory and self-generated thoughts, and how these mechanisms are influenced by emotion and training techniques that rely on focused attention.
Tony-Zanesco Dr. Anthony Zanesco – Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Dr. Zanesco is a post-doc with research interests in the mental training of sustained attention and the long-term cognitive consequences of continued meditation and mindfulness practice.
Maria Paula Jimenez – Mindfulness and Compassion Instructor
Maria Paula Jimenez is the Assistant Director of Training and Programs for the UMindfulness Initiative. She is a certified teacher from the Compassion Cultivation Training Program through Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Prior to arriving at the University of Miami, she offered mindfulness and compassion trainings in Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Spain, in addition to having a private practice which integrated psychotherapy with a contemplative approach.
Emily Schwartz – Research Associate
Ms. Schwartz is a post-baccalaureate research associate who completed her B.A. in Psychology from New York University in 2017.
Keith Chichester – Research Associate
Mr. Chichester is a post-baccalaureate research associate who completed his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Asheville in 2016.
Linsdey Slavin – Research Associate
Ms. Slavin is a post-baccalaureate research associate who completed her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2017.