Using evidence synthesis methods to evaluate the effects and mechanisms of mind-body therapies on mental and physical health
To promote overall well-being through healthy lifestyle and behavior change
low back pain, concussion/TBI, stress, anxiety, depression, inflammation, hypertension, resilience,
self-related processing (e.g., rumination, compassion, self-transcendence), cognitive enhancement,
healthy aging, well-being, health behavior change, neurogenesis, neuroplasticity
|Teaching:|| My passion is to teach mind-body techniques that empower people to improve their lives, creating healthy habits through mindful living.
|In the News:||Yoga and Meditation for TBI Recovery (Recorded Webinar)
First Meta-Analysis Shows Promise for Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness in Concussion Treatment Plans
UConn Study Examines Role of Meditation in Stress Reduction
Meditation Mondays: A Casual Environment for Students to Destress (Led by Dr. Acabchuk)
UConn Today: 50 years of Health Psychology
WNPR Interview: Political Stress
Outreach, Workshops and Meditation Resources
- Develop and lead Counselling and Mental Health Service’s Meditation Neurofeedback Program, open to all faculty, staff and students.
- Provide mental training programs, mindfulness and yoga workshops for the workplace, athletes, recovery groups and other community-based groups and individuals.
From participants in “Mindfulness in the Workplace” workshops at the University of Connecticut (2019):
- “Becky is an incredible facilitator. She not only provides a lot of data and research to help everyone understand the power and importance of mindfulness, but she also has a wonderful ability to lead the group in a guided meditation that literally made me experience a time-warp. I thought she was giving us a 5 minute preview of what a guided meditation would be like and was amazed that 30 minutes had gone by. My entire mind and body were completely relaxed afterwards. The rest of my workday was a very different experience than a typical day.”
From workshop entitled “Centering the body for online learning and community dialogue facilitation” (2020)
- “Dr. Acabchuk’s workshop was interactive, informative, and inspiring. She connected the activities to reflect the workshop’s specific context and purpose. It was intentional, well-organized, yet exceptionally responsive to the concerns and interests of the participants. Dr. Acabchuk drew from a wide base of knowledge of mindfulness practices. She is an engaging and caring presenter/facilitator, and we hope to work with her again.” –Tina Huey, Ph.D. Associate Director, Faculty Development, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning University of Connecticut
From UConn Psychology Club members, on invited speaker presentation (2021):
- “Dr. Acabchuk’s meditation presentation was super interesting and relevant! She also did a great job of engaging students (even over Zoom), which is refreshing in our current covid/virtual world.” -Katie Mankowski
- “Dr. Acabchuk kept our members engaged, asked questions to make the meeting interactive, and was very passionate! It was a great presentation and we learned so much!” -Emma Geissert
- “I loved Dr. Acabchuk’s presentation because not only was it interactive but it covered a good combination of research and practical information surrounding meditation. Her tone and obvious passion for the topic made the presentation perfect for anyone, regardless of their preexisting knowledge.” -Melissa Nowak