Karen Bluth, Ph.D, has been practicing mindfulness for over 35 years and has attended numerous retreats at Insight Meditation Society, Southern Dharma Retreat Center, among others. She co-founded the Knoxville Interfaith Meditation Group in 1994, and practiced regularly with this meditation group for 18 years. Dr. Bluth received her mindfulness instructor training at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed her doctoral training in 2012. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on improving adolescent and family well-being through mindfulness interventions, and is particularly interested in how mindfulness practice can help adolescents navigate what can be a challenging developmental period. In addition to her mindfulness training, Dr. Bluth is a former educator with 18 years classroom teaching experience with children and adolescents.
Rebecca Campo, Ph.D, completed her doctoral degree in Social-Health Psychology at the University of Utah and was a Research Associate in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute until 2013. Her doctoral research was funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) and focused on the emotional and cardiovascular benefits of supportive quality relationships (i.e., friends, pets) during and while recovering from stress. Her overall research interests include examination and understanding of the role that supportive relationships and mind-body interventions have in promoting resilience in cancer survivors and other chronically distressed populations. Dr. Campo is also interested in examining the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among cancer survivors, and the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions for adolescent young adult cancer survivors. Her most recent research included the efficacy of Tai Chi Chih and Qigong randomized controlled trials for improving health-related quality of life, psychosocial, and physiological outcomes in older cancer survivors. She is currently implementing (with Dr. Karen Bluth) a school-based mindfulness intervention for students enrolled in an alternative high school.
Keturah (Kim) Faurot, Predoctoral Fellow, is completing a Ph.D in Epidemiology. Her research focuses on measurement of dietary supplement use. Her ultimate goal is to improve documentation of dietary supplement use to enhance surveillance and safety. She has also been involved in dietary and mindfulness interventions for reduction of chronic pain and in methods of reducing confounding by frailty.
Johann H. Hsu, MD, is currently a second year CAM fellow, third year pediatric hematology/oncology fellow, Health Care and Prevention MPH candidate, and global health certificate candidate with various aspects of clinical and basic science research focusing on the use of Integrative Medicine in cancer therapy and supportive care. His clinical research involves the use and needs assessment of complementary and alternative medicine in pediatric hematology/oncology to help support the creation of an evidence-based comprehensive supportive care program. His basic science research involves the study of glycyrrhetinic acid in mice with high fat diet, diabetes, and liver injury.
Laura Kiken, Ph.D, MPH, is a social and health psychologist. Her primary area of research is on mindfulness, both as a dispositional tendency and as a meditative practice. Much of this work has examined whether being mindful reduces bias toward the types of negative cognitions and attitudes that contribute to distress. She currently is building on this research by also examining mindfulness and positive cognitions that promote well-being. Additionally, in a separate line of research, she is investigating aspects of spirituality that may relate to CAM use and health. She has received a Varela grant from the Mind and Life Institute and was an invited attendee for Mind and Life XXV: Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Contemplative Studies and Health.
Hongtao Li, M.B.B.S., Ph.D, has research interests that fall mainly in the field of integrative medicine, with a current focus on biomarkers during the process of diet, exercise and other healthy or pathogenic conditions. She is also interested in testing the traditional Chinese medicine theories with the most recent state-of-art technology. Hongtao holds an M.B.B.S. from Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China in 1990. She finished her residency in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the First Hospital of Wuhan. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 in the department of Biology, Indiana State University with an emphasis on Immunology. She is a certified instructor in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Diabetes from Tai Chi for Health Institute and American Arthritis Foundation.