Learning to BREATHE

Promoting Adolescent Well Being Through Emotion Regulation Skills Instruction

Duration: 2014 - Present
Funding: U.S. Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Mark Greenberg
Partners: American Mindfulness Research Association Center for Contemplative Mind Center for Investigating Healthy Minds Center for Mindfulness@UMASS Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Garrison Institute Mind and Life Institute, Mindfulness in Education


The aim of this project is to complete the development and evaluation of the Learning to BREATHE (L2B) program, a curriculum designed to facilitate the development of attention and emotion regulation skills within the context of public high schools.

The Learning to BREATHE program is designed to be presented in twelve class sessions linked to standards for health education and may be presented as a unit within regular classroom health curricula. The themes and practices in the curriculum are supported by a body of research that identifies emotion regulation skills and executive function as fundamental to personal, social, and academic success. Learning to BREATHE fills a major gap in social-emotional learning (SEL) programs by providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for high school students that can be used in the classroom and by exploring how to integrate SEL programs into existing structure and curricula of high school.

This project is being conducted in two public high schools in Central Pennsylvania with a sample of students (N=320) that represents the diverse socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic diversity of the general population in the area. The main objective is to develop an extensive training model for teachers and/or counselors to deliver the program within regular high school classes.

Research Team