Current Mindfulness Research

Naturalistic Development of Mindfulness Across Adolescence

Work in our lab approaches the study of mindfulness from a developmental science perspective. We conduct longitudinal studies to understand how mindfulness develops naturally across adolescence, the contextual factors that promote or thwart development, and how such changes can influence positive development. In addition to these empirical studies, we are also developing a comprehensive theory of development. We seek to provide a formal account of the contextual and psychological processes governing changes in mindfulness.

Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress and Boost Motivation in STEM

Worries about belonging, comparing oneself to others, and doubting one’s abilities are common experiences for many undergraduates in STEM courses. Yet these concerns can lead to high levels of stress, and potentially, weaken motivation and engagement. Our lab is conducting a series of randomized experiments to test whether training in mindfulness can boost confidence, thereby reducing stress and improving motivation, engagement, and learning.

Impact of Mindfulness on Self-Efficacy Beliefs

Our lab is currently conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of mindfulness-based interventions to promote self-efficacy, defined as the perception of one’s ability to perform goal-directed behavior.

Other Research

Beyond the ongoing projects mentioned above, we have also explored many other topics in mindfulness and self-control. We have studied the impact of weeklong mindfulness retreats to increase adolescents’ well-being, motivational interventions to boost mindfulness practice, and brief self-compassion training to improve classroom teachers’ resilience. We have examined associations between individual differences in self-control and important life outcomes, the psychological mechanisms underlying successful self-control, and the impact of “wise” psychological interventions to promote self-control over social media use. Another major aim of our lab is to develop and validate measures of mindfulness and self-control.

Check out the publications page to learn more about these studies!