Deanna Kaplan

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Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology
Faculty Advisor: Matthias Mehl

M.A. in Educational Psychology, The University of Arizona
B.A., Emerson College

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I am a Clinical Psychology doctoral student advised by Drs. Matthias Mehl and Mary-Frances O’Connor. Broadly, my research focuses on the naturalistic study of how everyday behaviors and social interactions impact health and wellbeing. Much of my research focuses on contemplative interventions: psychological interventions that involve contemplative practice components such as mindfulness, self-compassion, or compassion training. I am particularly interested in how these interventions can support people who are struggling with chronic illnesses, and how these and other psychological interventions can integrate into mainstream healthcare. At the core of my research is an aim to pursue clinical science that maximally translates into real-world practice, taking into account the social, cultural and pragmatic issues that impact treatment and community health. Clinically, I am currently a Behavioral Medicine Extern at the UA’s Cancer Center.

Before pursuing my Ph.D., I worked as a Research Specialist for the UA’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, where my work focused on program and policy evaluation in the areas of family-focused programming and public health.

My other current activities include serving on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Ben’s Bells Project, teaching Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT) for the Center for Compassion Studies, and serving on the board of the Arizona Meditation Research Interest Group (AMRIG). Interested in getting involved with AMRIG? Feel free to drop by any of our events at the UA or email us at azmeditationresearch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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