Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness Research

Dr. Richard Oxhandler, professor, Dr. Michele McGrady, assistant professor, Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness and Dr. Mark St. Martin, associate professor, School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs have ongoing research into the effectiveness of meditation/mindfulness practices to lower stress and anxiety and enhance performance and overall sense of calmness and well-being. Statistically significant results have been obtained for six years delivering the meditation/mindfulness intervention in a one-hour class format. This year significant results in stress and anxiety reduction were also obtained when the intervention was given in an introductory occupational therapy class in a one-half hour module. Next year’s research agenda will involve faculty from occupational therapy, nursing and aviation in the one-half hour module format as well as continuing research in the one-hour class format.

 A two-hour General Education class, Resiliency Training for Leaders, was offered for the first time this past fall. This class with its two major components, physical fitness training and meditation/mindfulness practice is a cooperative effort between Military Science and the ROTC program and Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness. Statistically significant changes with the all military science group were obtained and this research will also continue next year.

Dr. Elaine Phillips is a professor in the Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness Program. As a professor and clinical psychologist, her interest in the interaction between psychological and physical health has resulted in numerous journal publications and national and international presentations focused on anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She has coauthored two book chapters, the most recent of which describes the use of stress reduction clinics in university counseling centers. Dr. Phillips continues to pursue her scholarly interests while supporting other researchers by serving as a book reviewer for numerous scholarly publications including PsycCRITIQUES Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books.