Karen Bluth


Assistant Professor


UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

B.S., Zoology, Duke University
M.S., Environmental Education, Southern Connecticut State University
Ph.D., Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee

Summary Statement:

Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in adolescents. As such, she is involved in a number of projects both within UNC and internationally to facilitate implementing this program as both a universal prevention intervention as well as an intervention for subgroups of adolescents who struggle with issues related to mental health. She is co-creator of the curriculum Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, the teen adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for adults, and travels internationally to train teachers to teach this curriculum. She is also author of the book “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are” (New Harbinger Publishers). 

Karen Bluth