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Author: Linda E. Carlson, PhD, RPsych

Linda E. Carlson, PhD, RPsych, is the holder of the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, cofounded by the Alberta Cancer Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society Alberta/NWT Division, and of an Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions Health Scholar award. She is a full professor in psychosocial oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, of Calgary. She is director of research and works as a clinical psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, where her group developed and tested an adaptation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) called mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR), which she has taught to people with cancer and their caregivers since 1998. Dr. Carlson is coauthor of the book Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A Step-by-Step MBSR Approach to Help You Cope With Treatment and Reclaim Your Life, based on this program. Her web site:

Dr. Carlson has practiced meditation with the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock in Burma, Canada, and the United States, and trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She presented her work on MBSR with cancer patients at Mind and Life XVI, entitled Investigating the mind-Body Connection: The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008. Dr. Carlson regularly presents her work internationally, including talks across Canada and the United States, and in Australia, New Zealand, China and Europe. She delivered a talk at TEDx Canmore entitled, Mindfulness for Personal and Collective Evolution in 2016.

Dr. Carlson has published over 180 book chapters and research papers in peer-reviewed journals, holds millions of dollars in grant funding, and conducts cutting-edge clinical trials on mind-body therapies. She has received many national and international awards for her research in mindfulness and psycho-oncology and is a fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the Mind and Life Institute.

Courses By Linda E. Carlson, PhD, RPsych:

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4377559 The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness Into Psychology and the Helping Professions 10