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Jeffery Allen (Committee Member), Daniela Burnworth (Committee Member), Robert Rando (Committee Chair)

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Mindfulness-based interventions are receiving a great deal of attention from clinicians and researchers and research in this field is increasing dramatically in the past decade. Much of this research is consistent with positive psychotherapeutic outcomes for a wide range of presenting clinical issues. As with any seemingly successful psychotherapeutic treatment, it can be helpful to understand the processes of change underlying mindfulness-based interventions that are responsible for observed positive outcomes. In doing so, the effective components of an intervention can be refined and perfected, while components deemed unneeded can be appropriately discarded. This dissertation critically reviews the literature's current understanding of the processes of change associated with mindfulness-based interventions. This dissertation also explores the connection between Western mindfulness based interventions and the unaltered forms of mindfulness as it originated from Buddhist psychology. In addition, this dissertation attempts to elucidate a conceptual model that helps clinicians understand how these processes of change may interact in clinical settings. Future directions include fully developing a clinician's resource guide based on this conceptual model and gathering further empirical support for processes of change and the proposed conceptual model.

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School of Professional Psychology

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Psychology Commons