Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is the Director of research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He also is adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions, including both in-person and app-based treatments. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and is currently translating these findings into clinical use. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, presented to the U.S. President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, trained U.S. olympic coaches, been featured on “60 Minutes,” at TED, in Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, Businessweek, NPR and the BBC among others. He writes a blog for The Huffington Post.

This profile was last updated on January 1, 2016

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ISCS 2014 – Master Lecture – Sarah Bowen, Judson Brewer

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2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Master Lecture – Buddhism, Behaviorism, and the Brain

Sarah Bowen, Judson Brewer

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