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Spirituality Mind Body Institute

Spirituality Mind Body Institute

The Spirituality Mind Body Institute supports training and research for the development of psychotherapists, healers, scholars and activitists. Graduate students build knowledge of research supporting spiritual and mind-body practices as well as hands on clinical training. Research within the Institute examines the direct effects of spirituality on thriving in youth, to include investigation at multiple levels of analyses (clinical, MRI, genotyping) on spirituality as protective against mental illness and as a source of resilience in building respectful relationships and personal meaning and purpose. Generous funding for the Spirituality Mind Body Institute comes from corporate and family foundations.

Contact: Lisa Miller, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, Teachers College

A Master’s Degree in General Psychology
Spirituality Mind Body, Summer Intensive 

Our summer intensive welcomes mid-career professionals and adults arriving into a new chapter of personal and professional direction.  Summer Intensive hosts an immersion experience at the union of spirituality and psychology.  This concentration combines the academic rigor of psychology at Teachers College, Columbia with spiritual exploration and evolution personally and professionally.  

We include as our pedagogical space the summer life of New York City, a great spiritual and cultural center of the world. We explore practices and approaches to better nourish the mind, body, and spirit, from the outside in and from the inside out.  Our students are exposed to some of the latest advances in the scientific study of consciousness. 
People with personal mission, to include leaders, activists, educators, psychologists, therapists, and adult interested in gaining understanding of themselves and others, the program will help you develop tools to connect more deeply with family, friends, colleagues, clients—and mostly importantly—yourself. 

Application Requirements
Please apply to the MA in General Psychology through admissions: 

Once you have applied, email the Summer Intensive Director, Sarah Sherman with a brief notification email sharing you name and contact information for a Skype or telephone interview.  In this email we ask that you also include an attachment with a supplemental 3-5 page personal narrative describing your anticipated resonance with the Summer Intensive approach to an MA, and sharing your current personal and professional journey.
All applicants and application materials will be given a holistic review.  Life experience is valued and welcomed.  Participants will not be selected exclusively based on academic credentials.

Contact Us
If you would like to inquire to find out more or have any questions email Sarah Sherman at

Spring 2013 Classes:

  • CCPX 4039 Non-Traditional Psychotherapies
  • CCPX 4199 Jungian Analysis in Theory and Practice
  • CCPX 4199 Issues: Mind-Body and Addictions
  • CCPX 4199  Issues: Principles of Mind Body Unity
  • CCPX 4199 Issues: Spiritual Development in Religious Traditions
  • CCPX 5045 Psychotherapy, Religious Diversity, and Spirituality


Vipassana Meditation: Psychology, Science, and Way of Life
A Lecture and Conversation with Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

When: Tuesday , November 12, 6-7:30 pm
Where: Milbank Chapel

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Event Description
Vipassana Meditation is based upon the teachings of the Buddha, and has been revived as a secular form of psychological development. It raises into consciousness the full contents of the mind, and reorganizes thoughts and feelings in keeping with new fundamental insights about one's self and all of nature. These fundamental insights, in turn, are compatible with the scientific worldview that understands all things to be impermanent, changing aggregates that follow universal laws. Vipassana practice guides its practitioners towards a life of harmony, peace, and moral discernment.
About the Speaker
Dr. Paul R. Fleischman is a Vipassana meditation teacher in the tradition of S.N. Goenka. He is the author of several books including Wonder: When and Why the World Appears Radiant, Cultivating Inner Peace, Karma and Chaos, and An Ancient Path. Dr. Fleischman practiced psychiatry for more than 30 years and has lectured widely in the Americas, Asia and Europe. He was honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his contributions to the study of spirituality and religion in medicine.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University.
To request disability-related accommodations contact OASID at,(212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

Tuesday, April 2 (11:00a-12:30p)
Dr. Harris Friedman, Self-Expansiveness: Implications for Transpersonal Psychology Theory, Research, and Praxis.


Global Mental Health Lab


Our mission is to close the treatment gap for people living with mental and neurological disorders in low income  regions of the world.


Our vision is to be a global center that produces high-quality research and generates researchers that focus on capacity building in policy, prevention, treatment and care for mental and neurological disorders in low income regions of the world. The focus of our lab’s work is on lower income countries, where healthcare systems and mental health services are greatly under-resourced.


The Global Mental Health Lab, founded in the Fall of 2008, provides graduate students with opportunities to develop and contribute to global mental health research under the mentorship of Dr. Verdeli and her collaborators from other institutions such as Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab

The Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab, is headed by Professor George A Bonanno. The lab is devoted to the question of how humans cope with loss, potential trauma, and other forms of extreme life events. For the past 20 years, our research has attempted to document the variety of outcomes people show in response to such events as well as the factors that predict these outcomes.
Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab

Maternal Psychology

This laboratory of maternal psychology aims to study the transition to motherhood, or “matrescence,” as a unique developmental phase within the female lifespan trajectory.  Few areas in psychology have developed as slowly as research and theory about mothers themselves.

Visit: Maternal Psychology Lab

Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project

Founded in 2012, the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project (SWG) was created to envision and implement the next wave of theories and practices to improve well-being in persons at the intersection of the above identities and social locations. This forum is located at Teachers College, Columbia University, a world-renowned training ground for the next generation of educators, researchers, practitioners, administrators, and activists. SWG’s mission is to play a vital role in the creation of research initiatives, innovative curriculum, and institutional programming on campus and with partners beyond.

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The Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (DHCEPS)

The Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (DHCEPS) is an integral part of the teaching and training programs in Clinical, Counseling, School Psychology, Learning Disability and Reading Specialist. The Center works in a two-folded way; first it offers students the opportunity to integrate theoretical coursework with practicum experience within a multidisciplinary setting. This training is foreseen by highly qualified supervisors.  Simultaneously, the DHCEPS offers affordable psychological and educational services to individuals, couples, and families residing in the nearby neighborhood of the New York City area.

Visit: The Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (DHCEPS)

Psychotherapy, Technology & Disclosure Lab

The Psychotherapy, Technology & Disclosure Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University is led by Dr. Barry A. Farber, and is engaged in research studying technology & disclosure, lying in therapy, and the real world of supervision.

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Psychoanalytic Fair

The Psychoanalytic Fair was created to disseminate information on the various types of psychoanalytic training available in the New York City metro area. It is also a vehicle to inspire potential psychoanalysts to enter the field and to promote psychoanalytic thought.

The Psychoanalytic Fair will bring together area psychoanalytic institutes under one roof to provide detailed information about their training programs. Interested students and the public at large will be able to conveniently collect this diverse information in one place. Participating institutes will provide brochures and will have representatives to answer questions.

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