Alana Darcher

Research in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training [CBCT]

theoretical model

Intersection of preventive medicine and social cognition.

Starting in 2014, I worked with Dr. Jennifer Mascaro at Emory University investigating the clinical applications of secularized meditation practices. As part of a team of researchers, we developed a theoretical treatment model and measured the efficacy of CBCT in target mental-health populations.

Targeting symptoms of social isolation

Compassion Meditation Training for Emotional Numbing Symptoms Among Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Addressing the feelings of emotional numbing often experienced by people suffering from PTSD.

Caregiver burn-out and depression prevention

Meditation buffers medical student compassion from the deleterious effects of depression

The Impact of Compassion Meditation on Medical Student Well-Being and Immune Function

Deployed cognitive-meditation intervention in second-year medical students. Part of a larger on-going project on preventing and treating burn-out in medical professionals with Emory University School of Medicine.

Theoretical framework for studying meditation in a clinical context

The neural mediators of kindness-based meditation: a theoretical model