Integrative Medicine Research Seminar on "Adapting Mindfulness Programs for Stress Reduction in Native Communities"

Jeffrey Proulx, PhD, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, will present "Adapting Mindfulness Programs for Stress Reduction in Native Communities."

Talk Description: This talk will be a discussion of Dr. Proulx's experiences adapting mindfulness programs for use in underserved communities, including how community-based participatory research leverages community strengths to increase the odds of an enduring presence of mindful activities. This will be presented through a chronologic look at the development of Dr. Proulx's research agenda leading up to his current R-level award exploring mindfulness in Native communities. For further context for the talk, please see Dr. Proulx's 2017 article, "Considerations for Research and Development of Culturally Relevant Mindfulness Interventions in American Minority Communities."

Speaker Bio: Dr. Proulx's work focuses on the development of mindfulness programs in underserved communities and the study of how these programs may be protective for health. Dr. Proulx completed his doctoral work at Oregon State University at the College for Public Health and Human Sciences and a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Mindfulness Center at the School of Public Health and in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. His lab is the Proulx Lab for Native American Wellness & Mindfulness. The lab is particularly interested in bridging Native American traditional healing practices with mainstream mindfulness practices to create culturally relevant stress reduction programs. On an individual level, the Proulx lab focuses on how mindfulness affects resilience and well-being across a person's developmental trajectory. On a wider level, the stress in minority communities is influenced by the shadow of historical and cultural traumas. To address this, the lab relies on community input to assimilate community strengths and traditions that are already “mindful” into the mindfulness intervention. The goal is that interventions reflect the distinct cultures of the communities they are used in and are ultimately delivered and maintained by the community members themselves. 

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine hosts monthly research seminars that are open to the research and clinical community at large. Presentations cover a wide range of topics including mindfulness and integrative health intervention efficacy and implementation, social justice and health equity, and neural correlates of mindfulness practice. Research Seminars are organized by Helen Weng, PhD, and Jennifer Felder, PhD. 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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