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Mind/Body Paths to Health & Wellness

  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Did you know that more than 128 research studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions that incorporate mindfulness? The growing recognition of the value of mindfulness-based interventions is impacting our approach to healthcare.

Learn from two Advanced Practice Nurses and researchers about the mind/body connection and how it impacts health and wellbeing. Dr. Patricia Kinser and Dr. Jo Robins are both forerunners in their field whose research on mind/body connections impacts their approaches to treating patients with ailments including cancer, chronic pain, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, anxiety disorder, PTSD, depression substance abuse, eating disorders and stress.

Dr. Patricia Kinser, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP is an Associate Professor at the VCU School of Nursing, where she teaches women’s health, mindfulness, advanced health assessment, and research methods to the Nurse Practitioner and PhD students. Kinser is the co-director of the course Mindfulness for Healthcare Professional Students. Her research focuses on women’s wellness, with specific foci on biobehavioral mechanisms (including epigenetics) of depression and stress and on the biobehavioral effects of psychobehavioral interventions and complementary health approaches for stress and depression. Thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health and other foundation grants, Dr. Kinser is currently conducting studies on the epigenetic mechanisms of perinatal depression and on the use of yoga and mindfulness interventions as self-management tools  for depressive and related symptoms in pregnancy. Dr. Kinser maintains an active clinical practice as a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP-BC) at a free clinic in Richmond (Health Brigade). She serves as a governor-appointed member of the Virginia State Board of Health.

Dr. Jo Robins, PhD, RN, AHN-BC is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program in the School of Nursing at VCU. Dr. Robins received her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University then completed her Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral work at VCU. She teaches in the undergraduate, masters and PhD programs. An adult primary advanced practice nurse for almost 30 years with a focus on integrative health, her research focuses on cardiovascular risk reduction through effective stress management in high risk and underserved populations. She places high priority on spending time with family and friends and firmly believes in the health benefits of laughter and chocolate.

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 13

$25 for Chrysalis members

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Earlier Event: November 10
Intro To Mindfulness
Later Event: November 15
Fall Book Club - Care of the Soul