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The NWI Podcast #21 - Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

Posted By Caroline Carlson, Thursday, December 28, 2017

A 2018 National Wellness Conference Keynote speaker Interview

“The Craving Mind: How We Can Hack Our Brains
to Live Healthier Lives”

Judson Brewer, MD, PhDJudson Brewer MD, PhD, is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein.

He is the Chief of the Division of Mindfulness, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He also is a research affiliate at MIT. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with over 8 Million views), Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others.

A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (,, He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association, among others.

Dr. Brewer founded Claritas MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

Show links are below. Click hereto download a PDF of these show notes.

Health Benefits Conference & Expo
Division of Mindfulness
Center for Mindfulness
UMass Medical School
Yale University
Yale Center for Faith & Culture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
TED Talk on Habit Change
Huffington Post
Forbes Article
Neurofeedback: electroencephalography (EEG)
National Institutes of Health
American Heart Association
Claritas MindSciences
The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits
Judson Brewer on Twitter


The above links to websites and definitions of terms mentioned in NWI Podcast episode20 are for informational purposes and are not an endorsement of any product, service, or website.


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