CALM (Comprehensive Approach to Learning Mindfulness)/The CALM Teachers Study

Start Date: 2012
Funder: 1440 Foundation; Children, Youth, and Families Consortium, Penn State

CALM Webpage on the 1440 Foundation Website

Project Overview

Can teachers benefit from a “Comprehensive Approach to Learning Mindfulness”? The “CALM Teachers” study, funded by 1440 Foundation, aims to find out.

Mark T. Greenberg and Tish Jennings are testing whether a short daily intervention involving yoga, somatic breathing, intention-setting and caring practices results in reduced psychological and physiological symptoms related to stress and burnout among school teachers.

The three-year pilot involves the development and delivery of a regular daily stress-reduction program to a sample of school teachers randomly assigned to receive the intervention during the first or second years (with a wait-list control group). Psychological and physiological assessments will be conducted pre-and post-intervention at a follow-up assessment during the fall of the second year.

If Drs. Greenberg and Jennings can demonstrate the program’s efficacy in reducing stress and potential health care costs, school districts may be able to roll out the program as part of their employee assistance programs.

Project Team

Patricia "Tish" Jennings, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Curry School, University of Virginia email

Mark T. Greenberg, Ph.D.

Founding Director, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and Professor of Human Development and Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
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Laura Klein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health
The Pennsylvania State University
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Rachel Abenavoli

TIES Fellow
The Pennsylvania State University
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Sara Gildea

Graduate Research Assistant
The Pennsylvania State University
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Deidre Hon, M.Ed.

Graduate Research Assistant/TIES Fellow
The Pennsylvania State University
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Karla Hudeck

Yoga Instructor
College of Health and Human Development
The Pennsylvania State University
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Deborah Schussler, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education and Counseling
College of Education
The Pennsylvania State University
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