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

ajha AT psy.miami.edu

Welcome

Welcome to the STRONG Spouses Project Homepage. This page provides an overview of the University of Miami-led study by Dr. Amishi P. Jha, which began in March 2013. The STRONG Spouse Project aims to track the impact of deployment and military stressors on military spouses.

Leadership at Fort Drum, New York hosted the initial program and provided support for this training and research effort in the Spring of 2013. Building on the success of the initial program, the STRONG Spouse Project is now expanding to a second location.

Following a site visit in November 2013, the 7th Special Forces Group (A) leadership extended their support and invited the Jha Lab to offer the STRONG Spouse Project to their unit spouses at Eglin AFB, Florida. The 7 SFG research and training project is underway and will be completed in June 2014.

                             
 Dr. Jha and Margaret Cullen with BRIG GEN Piatt.                            MAJ Gunther and Dr. Jha.

Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance Program

Developed and Delivered by Margaret Cullen

Margaret Cullen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher and was one of the first ten instructors to be Certified by the Center for Mindfulness. For 20 years she has been pioneering mindfulness-based programs in health care, education, business and academic settings. In 1995 she helped launch the first MBSR program at Kaiser in Oakland, and later collaborated on a revised manual for the entire northern California region. She introduced MBSR to the Cancer Support Community (CSC) in both Santa Monica and Walnut Creek, California where it still thrives, 20 years later. Margaret continues to facilitate support groups, teach mindfulness programs and offer workshops on forgiveness at CSC in Walnut Creek.

Delivered by Elana Rosenbaum

Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, is a leader in the clinical application of mindfulness meditation to cancer care. She has authored Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness (Satya House, 2007), and Being Well (even when you’re sick) (Shambala, 2012), the basis of many workshops, and created audio-CDs with guided meditations. In 1995 she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and subsequently underwent stem-cell transplantation. Her ability to thrive and embody mindfulness in the face of adversity led to the development of a mindfulness-based intervention for bone marrow transplant patients at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Emery University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is adjunct faculty at the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she worked directly with Jon Kabat-Zinn as one of the founding teachers. She’s been teaching and educating patients and healthcare professionals in mindfulness, including leading cancer centers, for over 25 years. Elana has a private practice in psychotherapy in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a sought after teacher, speaker, workshop leader and research consultant.

As participants in this study, you may be invited to attend an 8-week mindfulness-based training program. Prior to beginning the training program, we invited you to participate in computer testing with Dr. Jha’s team. We will ask you to come back again for testing within one week of completing the mindfulness-based training program.

Research

    • Computer Tasks:
      The computer-testing sessions involve tasks on a computer, similar to simple video games. These tasks are designed to measure specific aspects of concentration, vigilance, memory, distractibility, and emotional response. In addition to asking you to complete these tasks, we will ask you to complete several self-report surveys.


Members of 3BCT perform computer-based testing in the Neurobehavioral Lab at Schofield Barracks.

 

 

Supported by the 1440 Foundation

The 1440 Foundation

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