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Evaluating the Healthy Minds Program Application in a Fully Remote Randomized Controlled Trial

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Delivering meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase access to potentially beneficial practices. The mobile delivery format also makes it possible to conduct large-scale research studies with participants located across the country and/or world. This study compared two versions of the Healthy Minds Program smartphone app in a sample of adults recruited entirely online. Specifically, we assessed the impact of Awareness and Connection training or Awareness and Insight training with a waitlist control condition. The data reveal substantial reductions in anxiety, depression and perceived stress after 8 weeks of using the app. We are currently preparing a manuscript for publication.

People Working on This Study

Simon Goldberg
Core Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology
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Melissa Rosenkranz
Core Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds, Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Neuroscience, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
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Ellen Converse
Research Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds
Tammi Kral
Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds
Wendy Lau
Wendy Lau
Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds
Gabriela Valdivia
Gabriela Valdivia
Research Specialist, Center for Healthy Minds
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Polina Beloborodova
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds

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Related Publications

Goldberg, S. B., Imhoff-Smith, T., Bolt, D. M., Wilson-Mendenhall, C. D., Dahl, C. J., Davidson, R. J., & Rosenkranz, M. A. (2020). Testing the Efficacy of a Multicomponent, Self-Guided, Smartphone-Based Meditation App: Three-Armed Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Mental Health, 7(11), 23825. doi:10.2196/23825. PMCID: PMC7732708
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