Tufts Mindfulness and Resilience Collaborative

Tufts Mindfulness and Resilience Collaborative: Helping to reduce stress in the Tufts Community.

Tufts students practice mindfulness by taking a break from studying to do yoga in Hill Hall. (Rachael Meyer / The Tufts Daily)

Vision Statement

The Mindfulness and Resilience Collaborative envisions by 2025 Tufts University as a leader in utilizing  mindfulness and resilience practices in all aspects of its operations.

Mission Statement

To promote, support and fund coordinated efforts using proven strategies that increase mindfulness and resilience practices to reduce health related problems among members of the Tufts community.

Value Statement
  • Recognizes the health needs of all members of the Tufts’ community.
  • Willing to address any barriers, albeit political, social, or fiscal that may impede the Collaborative’s progress toward the reductions of health problems.
  • Mental Health issues are treatable conditions.
  • Health occurs in diverse environments that involve a holistic approach involving the mind, body, and spirit.
  • Everyone at Tufts must have access to services that are responsive to their needs.
  • Health is more likely to be achieved when there is community support and barriers to access to resources are removed.
  • Cultural competency and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to effective service development and delivery.
  • Consumers, providers, and constituents are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Collaboration at all levels leads to efficient, effective, and high-quality services.
  • Prevention and social ecological approach are proven public health strategies.  Science-based and quality improvement strategies are the foundation of policy, planning, and project implementation.
  • Understanding the impact of social determinants of health. The Collaborative allows for the flexibility to meet unique community needs and to adjust to new, innovative approaches.

 

Upcoming and Current Events

Koru Mindfulness

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Mindfulness Programs at Tufts

Koru Mindfulness

Want to lower your stress, sleep better, and focus more? Take a Koru Mindfulness course at Tufts so you can find more ways to relax while you get things done!

Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based curriculum designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management specifically to college students. In this course, you will get an introduction to mindfulness and meditation taught as a weekly, four-week, 75-minute class by a trained and certified Koru teacher.

 

Check out what other Tufts students have said about their Koru Mindfulness experience!

·       "Learning to tune into my body and my needs and taking a different perspective of how to do this was really interesting and helpful. I can use this information along with the skills I learned to learn, thrive, and adapt in a variety of situations."

·       "I loved learning different ways to meditate and find an inner quietness with other people. It felt very supportive to have others around me, and we all encouraged each other. Everyone was positive about learning."

·        feel more confident about regulating my emotion after I learned meditation. I can calm myself without [only] relying on other people's comfort or external stimulus."

·       "Having a different practice each class was great because I could add more techniques to my list of ways to be mindful and relaxed."

·       "I clearly learned and witnessed the benefits of meditation within 4 weeks. It became a great resource of mine. 

·       "II will do meditation more often, especially when I am stressed."

·       "First time in my life when I truly separated myself from an outcome-oriented mindset. I focused on growth and process. Refreshing and important."

·       "I think I have more tools to check in with myself and stay healthier mentally (and physically!) when times are stressful."

·       "This was such a meaningful experience for me. I'm so grateful for all of it!"

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Koru Instructors

Ashley Norwood

Margaret (Peggy) Morris

Jennifer Pustz

Register for Koru Sessions 

Chaplaincy

Mindfulness Meditation on Mondays and Fridays at noon on ZoomJoin Harsha Menon, Interim Buddhist Chaplain and advisor to the Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha, for guided meditation (with various lengths of sitting). Various forms of meditation will be led, followed by some dharma discussion.To join the Mindfulness Sangha e-list, please email Harsha Menon.

Morning Meditation with Community Building Fellows

15 minutes of rejuvenating meditation with Hillel Community Building Fellows.  Register in advance here.

Mind-Body Wellness at Tufts School of Dental Medicine

The stressors of the dental profession begin with dental students in the first year of their education. Tufts Dental School incorporates the teaching of mind-body evidence-based self-regulation and coping skills in the curriculum. These skills support our students from the start of dental school and throughout the four years of their training. The practices of meditation and yoga cultivate conscious awareness and have been proven to reduce stress. Knowledge of these practices help our students manage the stress they incur from their rigorous academic studies and demanding clinical requirements. We value our students health personally and physically and our commitment to our wellness curriculum aims to decrease burnout and increase resilience. This we believe will impacts them beyond their dental education and serve them as they move into dental practice and in their personal lives and their commitment to the care of their patients.

Student-Athlete Mindfulness Project (SAMP)

The Student Athlete Mindfulness Program was created in 2018 by a former Tufts Women's Lacrosse player.  SAMP was designed to help student-athletes both preform at a higher level in their sport as well as navigate the daily stress and pressures of being a college athlete.  Find out more about the SAMP. 

Initiative on Social Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement

Social-emotional learning involves developing the skills needed to recognize and manage emotions, handle conflict constructively, establish positive relationships guided by empathy, engage in perspective-taking, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively. As part of a growing recognition of the importance of these skills for a young person’s educational development and lifelong wellbeing, the Tisch College Initiative on Social-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement (SEL-CE) seeks to further integrate them into educational practices, campus programs, and research throughout Tufts University, with a special focus on its connections to student engagement in civic life.

 

Social-Emotional Learning & Civic Engagement (SEL-CE) Faculty Fellows Program  Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University works to infuse active citizenship and civic learning throughout the curriculum. To understand and advance the synergy of SEL and civic engagement, the Tisch College Initiative on Social-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement (SEL-CE) was launched in January 2017. One key overarching goal of the Tisch SEL-CE initiative is to encourage and prepare Tufts faculty, across the university, to integrate social-emotional and civic learning dimensions into their teaching and research.

Human Resources for Tufts Employees

Virtual Mindfulness, Chair Yoga, and Meditation Offerings

 

Marathon Health, with Tufts Human Resources sponsorship, is pleased to offer a 6-week mindfulness course and weekly drop-in chair yoga and meditation sessions. Details below.

 

6-week virtual Mindfulness course:

 

Would you like to have more energy, be more productive, and improve your health?

Join us for this interactive series and learn more about mindfulness including health benefits, types of meditations, and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle. 

 

The course will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Choose either the Wednesday or Thursday series.

 

The Wednesday series will begin on 1/20 thru 2/24. Click the button below to register and receive the zoom meeting information.

Contacts and Meetings

Ian L. Wong, MSPH

Director Health Promotion and Prevention

124 Professors Row

Medford, MA 01760

Meeting

Jan 11, 2021 Joe Golia Office of Campus Life 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Feb 1, 2021 Sarah Wiener TCU President 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Feb 22, 2021

Sarah Hladikova Student Life Chair, Graduate Student Council

11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Mar 15, 2021 Jacklyn Varela Office of the President 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Apr 5, 2021

Erica Schonman - Mental Health Promotion Specialist

11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Apr 26, 2021 Katie Mulroy Director of Student Affairs at the Fletcher School 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
May 17, 2021 General Meeting 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

 


 

email: ian.wong@tufts.edu

phone: 617 627 5495

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Publications and Research

Evers AG, Somogie JA, Wong IL, Allen JD, Cuevas AG.  The adaptation and evaluation of a pilot mindfulness intervention promoting mental health in student athletes.  Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. 2020.  The objective of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a pilot mindfulness program for student athletes by assessing mental health, mindfulness ability, and perceived stress before and after the intervention. The mindfulness program was adapted from a program developed at the University of Southern California. The four-session intervention taught the basics of mindfulness, self-care skills, and guided meditations. Participants completed surveys before and after the intervention. Mindfulness ability was assessed with the Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale, mental health was assessed with a modified Short Form Health Survey, and stress was assessed with the Perceived Stress Scale. After the intervention, participants reported improvement in mindfulness ability, t(28) = −2.61, p = .014, mental health, t(28) = −2.87, p = .008, and a trending improvement in perceived stress, t(28) = 1.86, p = .073. A short mindfulness program may be effective for improving mental health and mindfulness ability in collegiate student athletes.

 

 

Partners

Christopher Willard, PsyD.   Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and education consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness. He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries. Chris currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Mediation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, minful.org, and elsewhere. He is the authored of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), Raising Resilience (2017 and eight other books for parents, professionals and children, along with six sets of cards and therapeutic games, available in more than ten languages.  He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

 

Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. The mission of the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC) is to enhance health and well-being by integrating mindfulness and compassion into healthcare and our communities with a commitment to inclusivity, accessibility, and diversity.

 

Dr Christiana Pasta Tufts School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Christina Pastan, Tufts School of Dental Medicine