Archive Date: October 9, 2006
Archive Text: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., internationally known writer, scientist and clinician in the fields of mind/body medicine, integrative medicine, lifestyle change and self-healing, reads from his latest book, "Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness" Kabat-Zinn is an emeritus professor of medicine and the founding director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn's best-selling books, "Full Catastrophe Living" and "Wherever You Go, There You Are" have been published in more than six different languages.
His most recent book, "Coming to Our Senses" uses Kabat-Zinn's scientific knowledge, personal anecdotes and working experiences at his clinic to illustrate healing possibilities. Kabat-Zinn also co-authored "Everyday Blessings" about mindful parenting, with his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn, and he created the CD program, "Meditation for Optimum Health" with renowned physician and writer Andrew Weil. Kabat-Zinn's research has contributed significantly to modern health care in mind/body interactions for healing. His work also holds a crucial role in various clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training for people with chronic pain or stress-related disorders.
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, the subject of Kabat-Zinn's book, "Full Catastrophe Living" has been featured on PBS, "Oprah" "Dateline NBC" ABC's "Chronicle" and in various national print media. The UI Hospitals and Clinics Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in the UI Department of Psychiatry, is modeled after Kabat-Zinn's center at the University of Massachusetts. Kabat-Zinn received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971 where he studied under Salvador Luria, Nobel Laureate in physiology and medicine.