Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people.  He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Wsshington Post, mindful.org, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and three other books. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

 

 

Christopher T. Willard, Psy.D.

 

 

EDUCATION

06/08 Psy. D, Clinical Psychology, The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology                            

05/01 B.A, English, Wesleyan University                                 

 

BOOKS

(forthcoming, 2014). Edited with Amy Saltzman, Mindfulness with Young People: From the Clinic to the Classroom. New York, Guilford Press.

(8/2014). The Mindfulness and Anxiety Workbook for Teens. Oakland, New Harbinger.

(Fall 2010). Child’s Mind: A Guide to Teaching Mindfulness to Young People. Berkeley, Parallax Press.

 

ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

 (2014). “Mindfulness Across the Developmental Spectrum” in Handbook of Mindfulness Wiley-Blackwell;, New York. (Langer et al)

 

GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY RELATED

1/10-present    Psychotherapist and Educational Consultant in Private Practice Wellesley &  Cambridge, MA

08/08-12/13     Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Services                                  Medford, MA

08/06-02/10     Wediko Children’s Services                                                                                   Boston, MA

08/05-06/06     Northern Rhode Island Community Services                                           Woonsocket, RI

07/04-06/05     Gosnold-Thorne Counseling Center                                                                     Mashpee, MA

08/02-06/06     Short Term Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard Medical School      Boston, MA

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge MA

09/14   Co-Director, Relational Mindfulness Conference (with Susan Pollak & Janet Surrey)

05/13-Present Director, Buddhist Psychology Lecture Series

05/12-PresentCommittee, Buddhist Psychology Film Series

10/10-Present Board of Directors                                                      

12/09-Present Core Faculty in Yearlong Certificate Program under the direction of Paul Fulton

 

Calmer Choice Foundation:

09/13-PresentBoard of Advisors

09/13-PresentCurriculum Development Committee

 

GRADUATE TEACHING

Harvard Medical School

2014-Present: Teaching Associate

Cambridge Health Alliance

2014-Present: Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Lesley University

2014-Present Adjunct Professor  

Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

12/08-Present Core Faculty, Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology:                                                         

08/07-12/07     History and Systems of Psychology (Teaching Assistant)

1/08-5/08         Social Bases of Behavior (Teaching Assistant)

1/08-5/08         Psychoeducational Assessment (Teaching Assistant)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Psychological Association

Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

LICENSURE

Massachusetts Psychology License #9151

INDEPENDENT CONSULTATION AND TRAINING

Institutions including Boston Public Schools, Belmont Public Schools, Cambridge Guidance Center, Mass General Hospital, WGBH-TV Boston, 826 Boston, The Learning Annex, Brookline Mental Health Center, Human Relations Services, Joseph Smith Community Mental Health Center, Boston Behavioral Medicine, Signet/VeRiTas Education, Calmer Choice Foundation, Newton Public Schools, Lowell Public Schools, Needham Public Schools, Harvard Public Schools, Bedford School District, and others.

GUEST LECTURES

Tufts University Department of Child Development, Lesley University, MSPP, Harvard Divinity School

PUBLIC LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

11/14   Barre Center for Buddhist Studies – Cultivating Compassion and Connection in Children and Teensa three-day workshop

11/14   Learning and the Brain Conference, Mindfulness in Education

09/21   IMC of Pioneer Valley, Mindfulness with Youth and Families

05/14   Newton Community Education, Mindfulness with Children, Teens and Families: Public Talk

05/14   Cambridge Friends School, Mindfulness with Children, Teens and Families: Public Talk

05/14   Mass School of Professional Psychology, Child’s Mind: A Daylong Workshop for Clinicians

06/14   Vermont Insight Meditation Center, Brattleboro Vermont, Retreat Day for Parents and Professionals

03/14   Harvard Graduate School of Education, Learning Differences Conference: Mindfulness with Learning Differences

03/14  Royal Institute of Health Sciences, Bhutan, Meditation and Western Medicine

08/13   Against The Stream Meditation Society, Child’s Mind: A Half-Day Workshop for Professionals

10/13   The Mind Institute, Chester, UK, Child’s Mind: A Two-day Workshop for Parents and Professionals

09/13   The Mind Institute, Warsaw, Poland Child’s Mind: A Two-day Workshop for Parents and Professionals

09/13   Barre Center for Buddhist StudiesBringing Mindfulness to Professional Practice with Young People, a Three-day Workshop

04/13   Saamsaara, Helsinki, Finland A Two-day Mindfulness Program for Child Professionals

04/13   Saamsaara, Turku, Finland A Two-day Mindfulness Program for Child Professionals

04/13   Mass School of Professional Psychology, Child’s Mind: A Daylong Workshop for Clinicians

01/13   UCSD, Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Child’s Mind: A Three Hour Workshop

05/12   Harvard Medical School: Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference: Mindful with Youth and Families

04/12   Mass School of Professional Psychology, Child’s Mind: A Workshop for Clinicians

01/12   Barre Center for Buddhist StudiesBringing Mindfulness to Professional Practice with Young People, a  Three-day Workshop

01/12   Valpas Tyynni Mieli, Helsinki, Finland Child’s Mind: A Two-day Workshop for Parents and Professionals

08/11   American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, Bringing Mindfulness to Children and Teens

10/10   New England College Health Association, Annual Conference, Mindfulness with College Students

 

LANGUAGES

English, Some Spanish

 

OTHER SERVICE

07/09, 07/14    Teen Retreat Staff, Insight Meditation Society

01/06-04/08     Admissions Committee, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

09/00-06/01     Board of Trustees, Wesleyan University