Meditation Study

SHARP Mindfulness Study: Self-Directed Mindfulness Training for College Students

This semester, the SHARP Lab is conducting a study on meditation in college students to reduce stress. While many studies show that meditation can be beneficial, we are interested in finding out what are the best strategies for college students to learn how to meditate. This is a randomized controlled trial, which means that if you are eligible to participate in this study, you will be assigned to 1 of 2 conditions, each using a different set of tools to help you learn how to meditate.

The length of the intervention is 4 weeks, and will require participants to go to CMHS (Counseling and Mental Health Services) in Arjona Hall twice per week for at least 10 minutes each time, any time during open business hours to practice meditating with their assigned tool. There will also be an initial 1-hour orientation with a meditation instructor, and questionnaires to complete before and after the study. Baseline and post-intervention saliva samples will also be collected. This study is approved by the UConn IRB as Protocol H17-224.

As of August 28, 2018, we are beginning to collect names of university students who are interested in participating during the fall semester, who do NOT already have a regular meditation practice.

If you are interested in participating, please email to have your name added to our list, and we will contact you soon with further details. Further information about the study requirements and time commitment can be found here.

Dates for upcoming orientations and participation pool will be posted here.

Thank you for your interest!

Study coordinator:  Rebecca L. Acabchuk, PhD

Principal investigator: Blair T. Johnson, PhD