The Evidence Base for Mindfulness

Research studies on the benefits of mindfulness practice in different settings and for different clinical conditions have been increasing rapidly over the last decade. Overviews of the studies most relevant to Awaken Pittsburgh’s programming are listed here.


Reducing Stress, Anxiety and Depression

School-Based Mindfulness Instruction: An RCT

Erica M.S. et al. Pediatrics January 2016 Volume 137 Issue 1

Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Goyal M, et al. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Mar;174(3):357-68.

Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Anxiety and Depression.
Hofmann SG, Gómez AF. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;40(4):739-749.

Mindfulness-based treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder: a review of the treatment literature and neurobiological evidence.
Boyd JE, Lanius RA, McKinnon MC. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2018 Jan;43(1):7-25.

Mindfulness in mood and anxiety disorders: a review of the literature.
Rodrigues MF, Nardi AE, Levitan M. Trends Psychiatry Psychother. 2017 Jul-Sep;39(3):207-215

The Role of Mindfulness in Reducing the Adverse Effects of Childhood Stress and Trauma.
Ortiz R, Sibinga EM. Children (Basel). 2017 Feb 28;4(3). pii: E16.

Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: a review of empirical studies.
Keng SL, Smoski MJ, Robins CJ. Clin Psychol Rev. 2011 Aug;31(6):1041-56.


Supporting Caring Professionals and Teachers

The Role of Mindfulness in Enhancing Self-Care for Nurses.
Halm M. Am J Crit Care. 2017 Jul;26(4):344-348.

Systematic Review of Mindfulness Practice for Reducing Job Burnout.
Luken M, Sammons A. Am J Occup Ther. 2016 Mar-Apr;70(2):p1-10.

How Effective are Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Reducing Stress Among Healthcare Professionals? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Burton A, et al. Stress Health. 2017 Feb;33(1):3-13.

Teaching Mindfulness to Teachers: a Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis.
Emerson LM, et al. Mindfulness (N Y). 2017;8(5):1136-1149.


Supporting Youth

Improving self-regulation in adolescents: current evidence for the role of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
Perry-Parrish C, et al. Adolesc Health Med Ther. 2016 Sep 13;7:101-108.

Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Young Offenders: a Scoping Review.
Simpson S, et al. Mindfulness (N Y). 2018;9(5):1330-1343.


Supporting Addiction Recovery

Mindfulness-based interventions for addictive behaviors: Implementation issues on the road ahead.
Wilson AD, et al. Psychol Addict Behav. 2017 Dec;31(8):888-896.

Mindfulness meditation improves emotion regulation and reduces drug abuse.
Tang YY, Tang R, Posner MI. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jun 1;163 Suppl 1:S13-8.