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MAPs for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Mindful awareness practices are being incorporated into numerous treatment modalities for various psychiatric and behavioral conditions.  MARC researchers and affiliated faculty have ongoing research on basic neurobiological mechanisms of mindful awareness and efficacy in diverse populations.

Mindful Awareness Program for ADHD (MAPs for ADHD) was developed by Lidia Zylowska, MD and Susan Smalley, PhD as an innovative study to explore the utility of meditation treatment for teenagers and adults with ADHD.  This work was supported, in part, by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation.

The program was evaluated for sensibility in adult and teen populations and results of the study are available via Dr. Zylowska.  For more information, please see article in ADDitudes Magazine or contact Dr. Zylowska at or Dr. Smalley at

Mindfulness Bibliography


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Mindfulness Bibliography

The following bibliography was developed as a resource for mental health professionals, medical and psychological scientists, and others who wish to locate theoretical and empirical sources on the topic of mindfulness.

The citations are based on PsycINFO, Medline, PubMed, and Cochrane database searches of peer-reviewed journal articles and books with publication dates between 1975 and March, 2009.

The bibliography is organized into categories, each of which is listed in the table of contents on page 3. Categories begin with introductory remarks followed, in most cases, by a list of subcategories.

Citations are grouped by year within subcategories. Because citations are cross-referenced, they may appear in two or more categories or subcategories.

Mindfulness Bibliography (download PDF)  

Prepared by John C. Williams, M.S. (State University of New York, Binghamton) and Lidia Zylowska, M.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)

Table of Contents
Key Readings 4
Mindfulness Construct 9
Medical Conditions 18
Mental Disorders 31
Mindfulness-Based Treatments 54
Neuroscience and Physiological Effects 89
Populations and Settings 98

Mindfulness Research Summary

The following summary was created by Dr. Lisa Flook and Greg Flaxman. Researchers' interest in mindfulness practice has steadily increased as studies continue to reveal its beneficial effects. Current research looks at how the brain responds to mindfulness practice, how relationships benefit, and how physical and mental health improves, as well as other topics.

The following presents a sample of the results from investigations seeking to uncover more of what mindfulness can offer to enhance human well-being.

This was developed a lay resource covering: brain and the immune system; relationships; clinical applications; mindfulness in education; and other mind/body practices.

Mindfulness Research Summary (download pdf)

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