Mindful UNCW


The Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) on Mindfulness includes:

  • The IRSS Applied Research Speaker Series, which will host leaders in the field of mindfulness
  • The Researcher-Practitioner Collaborative, which will connect the local scholar and practitioner community

The IRSS team on mindfulness includes:


  • Jacquelyn Lee (social work)       
  • Beverley McGuire (philosophy and religion)   
  • Julian Keith (psychology)                            
  • Kristen DeVall (sociology and criminology) 
  • Anne Pemberton (Randall Library)
  • Meen Lee (nursing) 


Mindfulness: The State of the Science with Dr. Nicholas Barr (Sept 30, 2020)

UNCW’s Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) on Mindfulness welcomes Nick Barr, PhD, assistant professor of social work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for a webinar presentation and discussion about the state of the science of mindfulness. As a student of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Barr brings an understanding of the applicability of mindfulness from both Eastern and Western perspectives. Our discussion will be relevant to a variety of disciplines as well as intended for scholars, practitioners, students, and others interested in the science and practice of mindfulness.

Recent Advances in Contemplative Neuroscience with Dr. Patrick Foo (Oct 28, 2020)

UNCW’s Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) on Mindfulness welcomes Patrick Foo, PhD, professor of psychology and coordinator of both the neuroscience minor and the Contemplative Inquiry Certificate Program at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Dr. Foo will guide us in learning about a quiet revolution growing within the young field of neuroscience---contemplative neuroscience.

Recent advances allow us to ask big questions such as, “how does the brain generate one’s sense of self?” and “what is consciousness?” Only 15 years ago, the Dalai Lama’s invited talk at the annual Society for Neurosciences conference was met with considerable opposition, which was perhaps unsurprising given the lack of empirical evidence outlining the benefits of meditation and mindfulness at the time. In the subsequent decade, EEG and fMRI recordings of expert-level Tibetan monks have verified significant structural and functional adaptations associated with lifelong meditation practice. We discuss these and other recent findings that form the basis of contemplative neuroscience.

How Mindfulness Can Support Skillful Anti-Racism in Higher Education (Nov. 10, 2020)

UNCW’s Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) on Mindfulness welcomes Beth Berila, Ph.D., Director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic, Gender, & Women’s Studies Department at St. Cloud State University, to help us explore how mindfulness can support us in skillfully engaging anti-racist teaching, learning, and community-building. Mindful practices, when situated within a social justice frame, can support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color) communities in healing from oppression and unlearning internalized oppression, while helping White people overcome common reactions and barriers to dismantling the power dynamics of institutionalized racism. The seminar will offer practical strategies for anti-racism in our lives, our classrooms, our campus work, and our communities.

The recording of these seminars are provided only for personal use or use in the educational setting. Screening of the recording is not permitted in any activity or event involving a fee, and permission is required for group viewing outside of the classroom setting. Consistent with ethical guidelines pertaining to intellectual property, all reference to the seminar and its content should cite presenters per the appropriate style guidelines of the respective field (e.g., APA for social work).