Research Seminar: Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler on "A Mindful Approach to Achieving Mental Health Equity"

Inger Burnett-Zeigler, PhD, will present "A Mindful Approach to Achieving Mental Health Equity"

Talk Description  

Socio-economically disadvantaged racial/ethnic minority groups are more likely to experience mental health challenges but are less likely to receive mental health treatment. Limited access to mental health services, few racially/ethnically diverse and culturally competent providers, and mental health stigma can serve as barriers to care. Mindfulness-based interventions, which have been demonstrated to have a positive impact on mental health outcomes, offer a potential pathway to increase access and engagement in mental health services in underserved communities. This presentation will provide an overview of a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness and implementation of a mindfulness-based intervention for depressive symptoms in a Federally Qualified Health Center.


Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She is also a mindfulness trainer and certified yoga instructor. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Cornell University, her doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University, and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System/University of Michigan.

Dr. Burnett-Zeigler is an advocate for eliminating mental illness stigma and assuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, evidence-based mental health care. Her research focuses on examining the factors associated with access and engagement in mental health service utilization and using this data to develop, test, and implement acceptable and accessible evidence-based interventions in community-based settings. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Veteran’s Health Affairs (VHA), and the Greer Family Foundation. She also has an active integrative clinical practice whereby she utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and behavioral activation to help clients with mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic stress, and interpersonal relationships. 

Inger regularly contributes to the public discourse on mental health. Her op-eds have been featured in The New York Times, TIME magazine, The Hill, and Chicago Tribune, and she has appeared on CNN and WGN-TV. She is actively involved in the community and serves as a co-chair on the Chicago Council on Mental Health Equity and is on the board of directors for several large healthcare non-profits including Heartland Alliance Health and Thresholds.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine hosts lunchtime research seminars that are open to the research community at large. 

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Thursday, May 6 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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