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Harmony, mb-HEAL, and the Quintuple Aim: Biopsychosocial and Contemplative Science for Health Equity and Happiness

2023/05/17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cheryl Giscombe

On Tuesday, May 9th, from 1-1:50 PM in Kresge 502 or online, join the Center and the Harvard Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences for “Harmony, mb-HEAL, and the Quintuple Aim: Biopsychosocial and Contemplative Science for Health Equity and Happiness”, a seminar presented by Dr. Cheryl Giscombe.

Dr. Giscombe is the Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Term Professor in the School of Nursing with a secondary faculty appointment (Professor) in the Department of Social Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, social and health psychologist, and certified holistic health coach. Dr. Giscombe is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Mind & Life Institute. She is currently the Interim Senior Academic Dean for Academic Affairs. She has also served on Advisory Committees of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Psychological Association, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, and the National Institute on Nursing Research on topics related to well-being and health professions education, the resilience of healthcare professionals, health equity, and mental health. Dr. Giscombe is an Inaugural Fellow/Design Partner for the Harvard Macy Institute’s Art Museum-Based Health Professions Education Fellowship. Dr. Giscombe’s research focuses on biopsychosocial factors that influence health and health disparities through psychological stress and coping pathways. Her research has been consistently funded since 2004 by the American Psychological Association, the Josiah Macy Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Giscombe is currently MPI of the Harmony Study (NIMHD R01) and MPI of an NCCIH T32 Training Program in Integrative Health, which is focused on training fellows from underrepresented backgrounds. She has expertise in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and other reflective practices designed to generate self-reflection and compassion for self and others. Dr. Giscombe is also a standing member of the Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotions, Stress, and Health Study Section of NIH. As a Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Giscombe developed the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Behavioral Health Equity.  In addition, she is a founding Executive Committee Member and Director of Clinical Sciences for the International Society of Contemplative Research. Dr. Giscombe serves as the Director of the Giscombe Health, Equity, and Arts Lab. Her research, practice, and teaching activities integrate mindfulness practices in clinical, community, and educational settings to promote optimal health, well-being, and equity for all.

The online event is open to the public, but only Harvard ID holders can attend in person.



1:00 pm - 2:00 pm