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Mindfulness-Based Interventions Across High-Risk Populations: Results of Three RCTs with Combat-Exposed Veterans, Students with Risk for Depression, and Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Megan Lipsett, MA, MS

Megan Lipsett will present findings of several mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions in at-risk and clinical populations. The first tested the impact of an equanimity-focused approach on stress reactivity, social connection, sense of belonging, and depressive symptomatology in young adults at-risk for depression. Second, an acceptance and commitment therapy-based diabetes prevention intervention targeting key psychological variables, weight stigma, diabetes distress, and prevention self-management. The third examined the impact of two mindfulness-based interventions on high-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein in combat-exposed veterans. Finally, an ongoing study of mindfulness skills for adaptive self-reflection on difficult experiences that will collect neurological and linguistic measures of psychological distance. 

Megan Lipsett, MA, MS, is a doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Oregon and a predoctoral research fellow of Clinical and Translational Research at Oregon Health Science University’s School of Medicine. Her research interest is in complimentary and integrative health approaches to prevention of chronic illness and co-morbid psychosocial distress, with a special interest in mindfulness-based interventions for groups that experience higher rates of adversity, stigma, and health inequities. Drawing from health psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, contemplative science, and health neuroscience, she aims to contribute to translational research that identifies biopsychosocial factors of stress resilience and ultimately impacts policy and social change.  She explores how socialized beliefs influence emotion regulation and health-relevant behaviors and is interested in the role of adversity, belonging, and self-concept in health outcomes and goal-attainment. She collects noninvasive biomarkers in order to understand how contextual social and environmental factors influence psychological well-being and health.  Additionally, she is interested in social-ecological approaches to community-based health promotion. As Assistant Professor of Integrative Health at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Megan developed courses in Mindfulness and Stress Physiology and Social-Ecological Health. Megan is also a qualified instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

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