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 2015 at Maxwell Air Force Base.

JOIN US FOR OUR PROJECT OVERVIEW AND LAUNCH EVENT! Our recruitment event will take place on September 16th at 1:00pm in the Jones Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base. Read more here.


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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 Air Force’s resilience toolkit. 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 train-the-trainer delivery in military spouses. This project is supported by a DOD-funded grant, award number W81XWH-14-1-0443.


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.
Jannell MacAulay Lt. Col. Jannell MacAulay, Ph.D – Project Consultant
Commander 305 OSS, military wellness expert, military spouse, and founder of the nonprofit organization Healthy Body Healthy Life. Lt Col MacAulay serves as a subject matter expert on contextualizing the MBAT program for military spouses.
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.
Michelle Becker Michelle Becker – Mindfulness Trainer
Michelle Becker is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as the Director of Compassion Programs at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, where she teaches Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Alex Morrison Dr. Alex Morrison – Research Scientist
Dr. Morrison is a research scientist who received her doctoral degree from Temple University in 2012. Her research interests include the interaction of cognition with stress and aging and the ability to enhance or protect cognition though mindfulness training and computerized working memory training.
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.
Laura MacKinnon Laura MacKinnon – Research Associate
Ms. MacKinnon is a post-baccalaureate research associate who completed her B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.
Nicolas Ramos Nicolas Ramos – Research Associate
Mr. Ramos is a post-baccalaureate research associate who completed his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 2015.
Emily Brudner Emily Brudner – Research Associate
Ms. Brudner is a post-baccalaureate research associate who completed her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2015.