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

ajha AT psy.miami.edu

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Welcome

Welcome to the Mindfulness Based Attention and Training (MBAT) Project Homepage. This page provides an overview of the University of Miami-led study by Dr. Amishi P. Jha which began in the fall of 2012. The Jha lab has been supported by the Department of Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to conduct the Train the Trainer (TTT) Project over the next four years. This project aims to explore the possibility of training non-experts to deliver mindfulness training to facilitate large-scale rapid dissemination. We ask two main questions: 1) Does direct training offered to non-expert trainers by an expert mindfulness trainer alter the non-expert trainers’ neurobiological measures of attention, working memory, and emotion-regulation? 2) Is training offered by a non-expert trainer efficacious at altering these neurobiological metrics in end-users (ROTC cadets and active duty soldiers)? The MBAT course brings together fundamental mindfulness concepts and exercises derived from traditional mindfulness trainings and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, weaving them together with content relevant for military service members.


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Left: Dr. Jha with CSF2 Director Colonel Riddle. Right: Dr. Jha with the Ft. Stewart and Ft. Gordon training teams.
 
 

University of Miami Research and Training Team

Dr. Amishi Jha Dr. Amishi Jha- Principal Investigator
Dr. Jha oversees all aspects of this project. She has been Associate Professor at the University of Miami since 2010, and was Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2010. She teaches courses on attention and memory, brain-bases of attention, and cognitive neuroscience. She has received several grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Dept. of Defense (Dept of Army, DCoE) to use functional MRI and brainwave recording to determine if and how the brain changes with resilience training.
Scott Rogers Scott Rogers- Co-Investigator | Program Developer
Scott Rogers is founder and director of the Institute for Mindfulness Studies and of the University of Miami School of Law’s Mindfulness in Law Program. He has practiced mindfulness and other contemplative practices for more than 20 years. His concentration on mindfulness is rooted in his belief that it offers one of the most effective means of encouraging meaningful inner work and growth. Scott received his masters degree in social psychology and his law degree from the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude.
Sybil Allison Sybil Allison- Training & Research Coordinator
Ms. Allison is a research and training coordinator who completed her M.A. in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012 and has eleven years of experience as a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army.
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.
Merisssa Goolsarran Merissa Goolsarran- Research Associate
Ms. Goolsarran is a post-baccalaureate research associate who completed her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Miami in 2013.
Eliot Tang-Smith Eliot Tang-Smith- Research Associate
Mr. Tang-Smith is a post-baccalaureate research associate who completed his B.A. in Psychology from the Brown University in 2012.
Gus Castellanos Gus Castellanos
Gus Castellanos, M.D. attended the University of Miami undergraduate and Medical School, receiving his M.D. degree in 1980. He trained at Emory, Georgetown Universities, and MD Anderson Tumor Institute, Houston. He received board certification in Neurology in 1987 and in Sleep Medicine in 1994. He practiced medicine in South Florida, until retiring in January 2007 to pursue his interests in meditation and metaphysical studies. He is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction & meditation teacher, trained by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. He currently teaches at the Palm Beach Cancer Institute’s Sari Asher Center, University of Miami Medical Wellness Center and Kula Yoga Shala.

Advisory Team

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., UMass Medical School
Developer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Founding Director, UMASS Center for Mindfulness

Major General Walter Piatt, U.S. Army
Commanding General, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training
Grafenwoehr, Germany

Colonel Michael Brumage, M.D., U.S. Army
Medical Director Camp Zama, Japan
Delivers MBSR courses to military members, spouses, and community members

Sharon Salzberg
Co-Founder of Insight Meditation Society
Best-selling author and internationally acclaimed mindfulness expert

Charles Hoge, M.D., Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army
Military psychological health and trauma expert
Former director of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on the psychological and neurological consequences of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

Mike Gervais, Ph.D., Sports Psychologist
Mindfulness Meditation Trainer of Seattle Seahawks
Director of DISC’s Sport and Spine Center

 

Resources

trainer manual