• Unwinding Anxiety with Judson Brewer

    Air Dates: October 11-17, 2021

    Colleges and universities all over the United States are facing a wave of students suffering from depression and anxiety heightened by the last year and a half of the pandemic.  Dr. Jud Brewer says there are things everyone can do to be more mindful, to break bad habits, and to be happier.

    Brewer is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences at the School of Public Health and Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University.  He is also a research affiliate at MIT.  Before that, he held research and teaching positions at Yale University and the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness.  Brewer is a New York Times best-selling author of “Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind” (March 2021).  He is an addiction psychiatrist and an internationally known expert in mindfulness training for treating addictions.  Based on the success of these programs in the lab, he co-founded MindSciences, Inc. to create app-based digital therapeutic versions of these programs for a wider audience, working with individuals, corporations, and hospital systems to put effective, evidence-based behavior change guidance in the hands of people struggling with unwanted behaviors and “everyday addictions.”

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