Be Mindful is dedicated to understanding the impact of mindfulness instruction on diverse communities. To avoid conflicts of interest, we partner with institutes such as the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to implement quantitative and qualitative assessments. Be Mindful also researches our method of training to objectively evaluate efficacy.
There are thousands of studies on the impact of mindfulness practice. If you are interested in learning more please visit https://goamra.org
We conducted a study on the impacts of a 10-week mindfulness intervention on 4th grade students in a Denver public school serving a low-income community. Using qualitative assessment tools, we looked at the teacher's perception of the students' ability to engage in pro-social behavior, emotional regulation, and academic achievement.
Those students who attended the mindfulness class scored 600% higher on pro-social behavior, 250% higher on emotional regulation, and 550% higher on academic achievement than those who did not attend mindfulness training.
In addition, 100% of the students anonymously reported that they did enjoy the class, benefited from the practice, had a desire to continue and shared the belief that all other students should learn mindfulness.
The teacher rated the class a 10/10 and reported an increase of 11-20 minutes ofteaching time.
In partnership with Urban Peak Youth Homeless Center and Dr. Scott Harpin from the University of Colorado School of Nursing, we conducted a qualitative study on the impact a 4-week mindfulness intervention program has on homeless youth struggling with drug addiction and mental illness. The preliminary results of the study show promising effects, particularly with anger management.
First Responder Research
Be Mindful and our partners City and County of Denver 911 Emergency Communications Center, Police Foundation, and Eastern Virginia Medical School are evaluating a qualitative and quantitative study on the impacts of mindfulness instruction for first responders.
Karen Amendola, Ph.D., is the lead researcher for the Police Foundation.
Charles Freligh is leading the research team at EVMS.
CU Anshutz Medical Campus Research Partner
Dr. Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN
Dr. Scott Harpin an assistant professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, and affiliate faculty in the School of Public Health. He completed dual masters degrees in nursing (public health/adolescent nursing) and public health (maternal-child health), then a PhD (nursing) at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. His longtime career was working as an intake nurse for the child protection system in Minneapolis, before finding the call for teaching, research, and academic life. His program of research includes investigating mental health interventions to improve the wellbeing of our most vulnerable youth and young adults. His peer reviewed publications cover topics such as: trauma, suicidality, emotional distress, traumatic brain injury, resiliency, parent/peer/school connectedness, and health promotive factors of runaway/homeless youth. Dr. Harpin also serves as co-chair and Governor's Appointee of the Colorado Child Fatality Review Team.