Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and of its world-renown Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic. He is the author of numerous best-selling books that have been translated into over 30 languages. Dr. Kabat-Zinn received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria, MD.
His research career focused on mind/body interactions for healing and on the clinical applications and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness training for people with chronic pain and stress-related disorders, including the effects of MBSR on the brain and how it processes emotions, particularly under stress, and on the immune system (in collaboration with Dr. Richard Davidson). Dr. Kabat-Zinn's work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, and psychology, health care, schools, corporations, prisons, and professional sports. Hospitals and medical centers around the world now offer clinical programs based on training in mindfulness and MBSR. At present, funding and research in mindfulness is increasing exponentially year by year in the United States.
Dr. Kabat-Zinn has received numerous awards over the span of his career, the most recent of which are the Distinguished Friend Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2005); an Inaugural Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award from the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (2007); and the 2008 Mind and Brain Prize from the Center for Cognitive Science, University of Torino, Italy.
He is the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and a member of the Board of the Mind and Life Institute. His current projects include The Mind's Own Physician, edited by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson (Fall, 2011), and guest co-editor (with Mark Williams of Oxford University) of a special issue of the journal, Contemporary Buddhism, devoted to the subject of mindfulness from different classical and clinical perspectives (Volume 12, Issue 1, 2011). He and his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn support initiatives to further mindfulness in K-12 education and to promote mindful parenting.