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Sara Whitney Lazar, Ph.D.


Defining and Measuring Mindfulness
Summer, 06/06/12 - 08/01/12

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  1. R01AG048351 (LAZAR, SARA W) Sep 1, 2015 - Apr 30, 2021
    Neural and cognitive changes associated with mindfulness training in older adults
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  2. R34AT007197 (LAZAR, SARA W) Sep 1, 2013 - Mar 31, 2017
    Preliminary study of a Yoga Program to catalyze health behavior change
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. R01AT006344 (LAZAR, SARA W) Jul 1, 2011 - May 31, 2017
    Structural, Functional, and Behavioral Effects of Meditation
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. R21AT003425 (LAZAR, SARA W) Sep 15, 2007 - May 31, 2010
    Exploratory Analysis of RR and MBSR for Stress Reduction
    Role: Principal Investigator
  5. R21AT003673 (LAZAR, SARA W) Sep 30, 2006 - Aug 31, 2010
    Impact of long-term meditation on brain structure and function in normal aging
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Braun TD, Schifano ED, Finkelstein-Fox L, Park CL, Conboy LA, Deshpande R, Riley KE, Lazar SW. Yoga participation associated with changes in dietary patterns and stress: A pilot study in stressed adults with poor diet. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2021 Nov; 45:101472. PMID: 34530181.
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  2. Sevinc G, Rusche J, Wong B, Datta T, Kaufman R, Gutz SE, Schneider M, Todorova N, Gaser C, Thomalla G, Rentz D, Dickerson BD, Lazar SW. Mindfulness Training Improves Cognition and Strengthens Intrinsic Connectivity Between the Hippocampus and Posteromedial Cortex in Healthy Older Adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 2021; 13:702796. PMID: 34512305.
  3. Whitfield T, Barnhofer T, Acabchuk R, Cohen A, Lee M, Schlosser M, Arenaza-Urquijo EM, Böttcher A, Britton W, Coll-Padros N, Collette F, Chételat G, Dautricourt S, Demnitz-King H, Dumais T, Klimecki O, Meiberth D, Moulinet I, Müller T, Parsons E, Sager L, Sannemann L, Scharf J, Schild AK, Touron E, Wirth M, Walker Z, Moitra E, Lutz A, Lazar SW, Vago D, Marchant NL. The Effect of Mindfulness-based Programs on Cognitive Function in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Neuropsychol Rev. 2021 Aug 04. PMID: 34350544.
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  4. Singleton O, Newlon M, Fossas A, Sharma B, Cook-Greuter SR, Lazar SW. Brain Structure and Functional Connectivity Correlate with Psychosocial Development in Contemplative Practitioners and Controls. Brain Sci. 2021 May 30; 11(6). PMID: 34070890.
  5. Devaney KJ, Levin EJ, Tripathi V, Higgins JP, Lazar SW, Somers DC. Attention and Default Mode Network Assessments of Meditation Experience during Active Cognition and Rest. Brain Sci. 2021 Apr 29; 11(5). PMID: 33946661.
  6. Joss D, Khan A, Lazar SW, Teicher MH. A pilot study on amygdala volumetric changes among young adults with childhood maltreatment histories after a mindfulness intervention. Behav Brain Res. 2021 02 05; 399:113023. PMID: 33249071.
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  7. Hoge EA, Acabchuk RL, Kimmel H, Moitra E, Britton WB, Dumais T, Ferrer RA, Lazar SW, Vago D, Lipsky J, Schuman-Olivier Z, Cheaito A, Sager L, Peters S, Rahrig H, Acero P, Scharf J, Loucks EB, Fulwiler C. Emotion-related constructs engaged by mindfulness-based interventions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Mindfulness (N Y). 2021 May; 12(5):1041-1062. PMID: 34149957.
  8. Schuman-Olivier Z, Trombka M, Lovas DA, Brewer JA, Vago DR, Gawande R, Dunne JP, Lazar SW, Loucks EB, Fulwiler C. Mindfulness and Behavior Change. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2020 Nov/Dec; 28(6):371-394. PMID: 33156156.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Park CL, Finkelstein-Fox L, Sacco SJ, Braun TD, Lazar S. How does yoga reduce stress? A clinical trial testing psychological mechanisms. Stress Health. 2021 Feb; 37(1):116-126. PMID: 32797683.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  10. Van Dam NT, van Vugt M, Vago DR, Schmalzl L, Saron CD, Olendzki A, Meissner T, Lazar SW, Gorchov J, Fox KCR, Field BA, Britton W, Brefczynski-Lewis J, Meyer DE. Letter to the Editor: Miscommunicating Mindfulness. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2020 09; 15(5):1289-1290. PMID: 32750262.
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  11. Sevinc G, Greenberg J, Hölzel BK, Gard T, Calahan T, Brunsch V, Hashmi JA, Vangel M, Orr SP, Milad MR, Lazar SW. Hippocampal circuits underlie improvements in self-reported anxiety following mindfulness training. Brain Behav. 2020 09; 10(9):e01766. PMID: 32700828.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Saghayi M, Greenberg J, O'Grady C, Varno F, Hashmi MA, Bracken B, Matwin S, Lazar SW, Hashmi JA. Brain network topology predicts participant adherence to mental training programs. Netw Neurosci. 2020; 4(3):528-555. PMID: 32885114.
  13. Xu A, Zimmerman CS, Lazar SW, Ma Y, Kerr CE, Yeung A. Distinct Insular Functional Connectivity Changes Related to Mood and Fatigue Improvements in Major Depressive Disorder Following Tai Chi Training: A Pilot Study. Front Integr Neurosci. 2020; 14:25. PMID: 32581734.
  14. Joss D, Lazar SW, Teicher MH. Effects of a mindfulness based behavioral intervention for young adults with childhood maltreatment history on hippocampal morphometry: a pilot MRI study with voxel-based morphometry. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2020 07 30; 301:111087. PMID: 32413812.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Joss D, Lazar SW, Teicher MH. Nonattachment Predicts Empathy, Rejection Sensitivity, and Symptom Reduction After a Mindfulness-Based Intervention Among Young Adults with a History of Childhood Maltreatment. Mindfulness (N Y). 2020 Apr; 11(4):975-990. PMID: 32382357.
    Citations: 6     
  16. Joss D, Khan A, Lazar SW, Teicher MH. Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Self-Compassion and Psychological Health Among Young Adults With a History of Childhood Maltreatment. Front Psychol. 2019; 10:2373. PMID: 31749731.
    Citations: 7     
  17. Santaella DF, Balardin JB, Afonso RF, Giorjiani GM, Sato JR, Lacerda SS, Amaro E, Lazar S, Kozasa EH. Greater Anteroposterior Default Mode Network Functional Connectivity in Long-Term Elderly Yoga Practitioners. Front Aging Neurosci. 2019; 11:158. PMID: 31312135.
    Citations: 6     
  18. Greenberg J, Romero VL, Elkin-Frankston S, Bezdek MA, Schumacher EH, Lazar SW. Correction to: Reduced interference in working memory following mindfulness training is associated with increases in hippocampal volume. Brain Imaging Behav. 2019 06; 13(3):878. PMID: 29761321.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  19. Sevinc G, Hölzel BK, Greenberg J, Gard T, Brunsch V, Hashmi JA, Vangel M, Orr SP, Milad MR, Lazar SW. Strengthened Hippocampal Circuits Underlie Enhanced Retrieval of Extinguished Fear Memories Following Mindfulness Training. Biol Psychiatry. 2019 11 01; 86(9):693-702. PMID: 31303261.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  20. Greenberg J, Romero VL, Elkin-Frankston S, Bezdek MA, Schumacher EH, Lazar SW. Reduced interference in working memory following mindfulness training is associated with increases in hippocampal volume. Brain Imaging Behav. 2019 Apr; 13(2):366-376. PMID: 29549665.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Sevinc G, Lazar SW. How does mindfulness training improve moral cognition: a theoretical and experimental framework for the study of embodied ethics. Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 08; 28:268-272. PMID: 30959379.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Vago DR, Gupta RS, Lazar SW. Measuring cognitive outcomes in mindfulness-based intervention research: a reflection on confounding factors and methodological limitations. Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 08; 28:143-150. PMID: 30682701.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Greenberg J, Braun TD, Schneider ML, Finkelstein-Fox L, Conboy LA, Schifano ED, Park C, Lazar SW. Is less more? A randomized comparison of home practice time in a mind-body program. Behav Res Ther. 2018 12; 111:52-56. PMID: 30312895.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Greenberg J, Datta T, Shapero BG, Sevinc G, Mischoulon D, Lazar SW. Compassionate Hearts Protect Against Wandering Minds: Self-compassion Moderates the Effect of Mind-Wandering on Depression. Spiritual Clin Pract (Wash D C ). 2018 Sep; 5(3):155-169. PMID: 30906796.
    Citations: 3     
  25. Sevinc G, Hölzel BK, Hashmi J, Greenberg J, McCallister A, Treadway M, Schneider ML, Dusek JA, Carmody J, Lazar SW. Common and Dissociable Neural Activity After Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Relaxation Response Programs. Psychosom Med. 2018 06; 80(5):439-451. PMID: 29642115.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. de Jong M, Peeters F, Gard T, Ashih H, Doorley J, Walker R, Rhoades L, Kulich RJ, Kueppenbender KD, Alpert JE, Hoge EA, Britton WB, Lazar SW, Fava M, Mischoulon D. A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Unipolar Depression in Patients With Chronic Pain. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 Jan/Feb; 79(1). PMID: 28252881.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Van Dam NT, van Vugt MK, Vago DR, Schmalzl L, Saron CD, Olendzki A, Meissner T, Lazar SW, Gorchov J, Fox KCR, Field BA, Britton WB, Brefczynski-Lewis JA, Meyer DE. Reiterated Concerns and Further Challenges for Mindfulness and Meditation Research: A Reply to Davidson and Dahl. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2018 01; 13(1):66-69. PMID: 29016240.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Van Dam NT, van Vugt MK, Vago DR, Schmalzl L, Saron CD, Olendzki A, Meissner T, Lazar SW, Kerr CE, Gorchov J, Fox KCR, Field BA, Britton WB, Brefczynski-Lewis JA, Meyer DE. Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2018 01; 13(1):36-61. PMID: 29016274.
    Citations: 121     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Afonso RF, Balardin JB, Lazar S, Sato JR, Igarashi N, Santaella DF, Lacerda SS, Amaro E, Kozasa EH. Greater Cortical Thickness in Elderly Female Yoga Practitioners-A Cross-Sectional Study. Front Aging Neurosci. 2017; 9:201. PMID: 28676757.
    Citations: 12     
  30. Greenberg J, Shapero BG, Mischoulon D, Lazar SW. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depressed individuals improves suppression of irrelevant mental-sets. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2017 Apr; 267(3):277-282. PMID: 27830339.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. de Jong M, Lazar SW, Hug K, Mehling WE, Hölzel BK, Sack AT, Peeters F, Ashih H, Mischoulon D, Gard T. Effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy on Body Awareness in Patients with Chronic Pain and Comorbid Depression. Front Psychol. 2016; 7:967. PMID: 27445929.
    Citations: 26     
  32. Hölzel BK, Brunsch V, Gard T, Greve DN, Koch K, Sorg C, Lazar SW, Milad MR. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Fear Conditioning, and The Uncinate Fasciculus: A Pilot Study. Front Behav Neurosci. 2016; 10:124. PMID: 27378875.
    Citations: 13     
  33. Gard T, Taquet M, Dixit R, Hölzel BK, Dickerson BC, Lazar SW. Greater widespread functional connectivity of the caudate in older adults who practice kripalu yoga and vipassana meditation than in controls. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015; 9:137. PMID: 25852521.
    Citations: 12     
  34. Gard T, Taquet M, Dixit R, Hölzel BK, de Montjoye YA, Brach N, Salat DH, Dickerson BC, Gray JR, Lazar SW. Fluid intelligence and brain functional organization in aging yoga and meditation practitioners. Front Aging Neurosci. 2014; 6:76. PMID: 24795629.
    Citations: 23     
  35. Singleton O, Hölzel BK, Vangel M, Brach N, Carmody J, Lazar SW. Change in Brainstem Gray Matter Concentration Following a Mindfulness-Based Intervention is Correlated with Improvement in Psychological Well-Being. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014; 8:33. PMID: 24600370.
    Citations: 21     
  36. Desbordes G, Gard T, Hoge EA, Hölzel BK, Kerr C, Lazar SW, Olendzki A, Vago DR. Moving beyond Mindfulness: Defining Equanimity as an Outcome Measure in Meditation and Contemplative Research. Mindfulness (N Y). 2014 Jan 21; 2014(January). PMID: 25750687.
    Citations: 57     
  37. Gard T, Hölzel BK, Lazar SW. The potential effects of meditation on age-related cognitive decline: a systematic review. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014 Jan; 1307:89-103. PMID: 24571182.
    Citations: 67     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Hoge EA, Hölzel BK, Marques L, Metcalf CA, Brach N, Lazar SW, Simon NM. Mindfulness and self-compassion in generalized anxiety disorder: examining predictors of disability. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013:576258. PMID: 24174978.
    Citations: 3     
  39. Hölzel BK, Hoge EA, Greve DN, Gard T, Creswell JD, Brown KW, Barrett LF, Schwartz C, Vaitl D, Lazar SW. Neural mechanisms of symptom improvements in generalized anxiety disorder following mindfulness training. Neuroimage Clin. 2013; 2:448-58. PMID: 24179799.
    Citations: 62     Fields:    
  40. Kerr CE, Sacchet MD, Lazar SW, Moore CI, Jones SR. Mindfulness starts with the body: somatosensory attention and top-down modulation of cortical alpha rhythms in mindfulness meditation. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7:12. PMID: 23408771.
    Citations: 69     
  41. Kodituwakku S, Lazar SW, Indic P, Chen Z, Brown EN, Barbieri R. Point process time-frequency analysis of dynamic respiratory patterns during meditation practice. Med Biol Eng Comput. 2012 Mar; 50(3):261-75. PMID: 22350435.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Gard T, Hölzel BK, Sack AT, Hempel H, Lazar SW, Vaitl D, Ott U. Pain attenuation through mindfulness is associated with decreased cognitive control and increased sensory processing in the brain. Cereb Cortex. 2012 Nov; 22(11):2692-702. PMID: 22172578.
    Citations: 72     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Stange JP, Eisner LR, Hölzel BK, Peckham AD, Dougherty DD, Rauch SL, Nierenberg AA, Lazar S, Deckersbach T. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder: effects on cognitive functioning. J Psychiatr Pract. 2011 Nov; 17(6):410-9. PMID: 22108398.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Hölzel BK, Lazar SW, Gard T, Schuman-Olivier Z, Vago DR, Ott U. How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work? Proposing Mechanisms of Action From a Conceptual and Neural Perspective. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2011 Nov; 6(6):537-59. PMID: 26168376.
    Citations: 442     Fields:    
  45. Kerr CE, Jones SR, Wan Q, Pritchett DL, Wasserman RH, Wexler A, Villanueva JJ, Shaw JR, Lazar SW, Kaptchuk TJ, Littenberg R, Hämäläinen MS, Moore CI. Effects of mindfulness meditation training on anticipatory alpha modulation in primary somatosensory cortex. Brain Res Bull. 2011 May 30; 85(3-4):96-103. PMID: 21501665.
    Citations: 41     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Deckersbach T, Hölzel BK, Eisner LR, Stange JP, Peckham AD, Dougherty DD, Rauch SL, Lazar S, Nierenberg AA. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for nonremitted patients with bipolar disorder. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2012 Feb; 18(2):133-41. PMID: 22070469.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  47. Hölzel BK, Carmody J, Vangel M, Congleton C, Yerramsetti SM, Gard T, Lazar SW. Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Res. 2011 Jan 30; 191(1):36-43. PMID: 21071182.
    Citations: 303     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  48. Kodituwakku S, Lazar SW, Indic P, Brown EN, Barbieri R. Point process time-frequency analysis of respiratory sinus arrhythmia under altered respiration dynamics. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010; 2010:1622-5. PMID: 21096135.
    Citations: 3     Translation:Humans
  49. Van Dijk KR, Hedden T, Venkataraman A, Evans KC, Lazar SW, Buckner RL. Intrinsic functional connectivity as a tool for human connectomics: theory, properties, and optimization. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Jan; 103(1):297-321. PMID: 19889849.
    Citations: 813     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Hölzel BK, Carmody J, Evans KC, Hoge EA, Dusek JA, Morgan L, Pitman RK, Lazar SW. Stress reduction correlates with structural changes in the amygdala. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2010 Mar; 5(1):11-7. PMID: 19776221.
    Citations: 132     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  51. Evans KC, Dougherty DD, Schmid AM, Scannell E, McCallister A, Benson H, Dusek JA, Lazar SW. Modulation of spontaneous breathing via limbic/paralimbic-bulbar circuitry: an event-related fMRI study. Neuroimage. 2009 Sep; 47(3):961-71. PMID: 19450692.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. Dusek JA, Chang BH, Zaki J, Lazar S, Deykin A, Stefano GB, Wohlhueter AL, Hibberd PL, Benson H. Association between oxygen consumption and nitric oxide production during the relaxation response. Med Sci Monit. 2006 Jan; 12(1):CR1-10. PMID: 16369463.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  53. Lazar SW, Kerr CE, Wasserman RH, Gray JR, Greve DN, Treadway MT, McGarvey M, Quinn BT, Dusek JA, Benson H, Rauch SL, Moore CI, Fischl B. Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness. Neuroreport. 2005 Nov 28; 16(17):1893-7. PMID: 16272874.
    Citations: 294     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  54. Lazar SW, Bush G, Gollub RL, Fricchione GL, Khalsa G, Benson H. Functional brain mapping of the relaxation response and meditation. Neuroreport. 2000 May 15; 11(7):1581-5. PMID: 10841380.
    Citations: 117     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  55. Lazar S, Waldor MK. ToxR-independent expression of cholera toxin from the replicative form of CTXphi. Infect Immun. 1998 Jan; 66(1):394-7. PMID: 9423889.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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