Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist, addiction expert, and thought leader
Judson Brewer is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT.
A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Dr. Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (www.goeatrightnow.com, www.unwindinganxiety.com, www.cravingtoquit.com).
He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 10+ million views), Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek, and others.
His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association, among others. Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking, and other behavior change into the hands of consumers. He is the author of The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—Why We Get Hooked & How We Can Break Bad Habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).
Hack Your Mind for Better Health
April 12 - 14, 2019
Friday - Sunday, 2 nights
We are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably, whether constantly worrying, checking social media, stress eating, or getting caught up in other self-defeating behaviors that lead to burnout and disconnect us from ourselves and others. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? When and how does willpower fail? Is there...
September 8 - 15, 2017
Friday - Friday, 7 nights
We live in a time when meditation and mindfulness are becoming widespread in individual lives and institutions, teaching us tools for tapping into our capacity for authentic presence, stronger relationships, fulfilling work, and increased resilience and well-being. This immersion provides a special opportunity for those who are interested in or currently using mindfulness in professional...
Is Anxiety a Habit? Talking with Dr. Judson Brewer
"Unpredictability drives our brains crazy. If we’re anxious, we can predict what will happen and how we’ll feel if we keep worrying. But if I stop worrying, I’m in a space that’s unfamiliar and uncomfortable. I’d rather go back into my safe space even though it’s unpleasant." –Dr. Judson Brewer