Sarah Bowen is an assistant professor of psychology at Pacific University in Portland, OR. Her research and clinical work has focused primarily on integrating meditation practice and mindfulness-based approaches traditional with Western cognitive behavioral approaches for addictive behaviors. The primary focus of her personal, clinical, and research practices has been exploration of processes underlying behavior change, and adaptation of treatments and practices to reach a wide and diverse patient and client population. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters in this area, Dr. Bowen is lead author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician’s Guide. She has been practicing in the Theravada tradition for about 15 years, and has facilitated mindfulness-based relapse prevention groups in private practice, veterans’ medical centers, county treatment agencies, and prisons. She offers professional trainings to researchers and clinicians in the U.S. and internationally. She has a particular interested in adapting and disseminating mindfulness-based treatment for dual-diagnosis and underserved populations. 

Sarah Bowen served on the Mind & Life Steering Council from 2017 to 2020.

This profile was last updated on January 1, 2016

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ISCS 2016 – Master Lecture – Sarah Bowen

Mind and Life Institute • November 11, 2016

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mental Health | Mindfulness | Self & Other


Mind & Life Videos

ISCS 2014 – Master Lecture – Sarah Bowen, Judson Brewer

Mind and Life Institute • October 31, 2014

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Mental Health | Mindfulness

2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Master Lecture – Buddhism, Behaviorism, and the Brain

Sarah Bowen, Judson Brewer

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Mental Health | Mindfulness

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Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXVII – Session 5

Mind and Life Institute • November 1, 2013

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mental Health

2013 Mind & Life Dialogue XXVII

Craving, Desire, and Addiction

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mental Health