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Center for Contemplative Studies


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Center for Contemplative Studies

Contact Info: 
Donald McCown 
Associate Professor

Christine Moriconi 
Associate Professor

700 S. Church St. 
West Chester, PA 19383 
(across from Anderson Hall)

Phone: 610-436-2200


Donald McCown

Donald McCown, PhD, MAMS, MSS, LSW is an Associate Professor of health, director of the minor in contemplative studies, and co-director of the center for contemplative studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master of Applied Meditation Studies degree from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, a Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD in Social Science from Tilburg University. He trained as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts and at Thomas Jefferson University. His primary research interests include the pedagogy of mindfulness in clinical applications and higher education, applications of complementary and integrative medicine in the community, and the contemplative dimensions of the health humanities. He is author of The Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, primary author of Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators, New World Mindfulness: From the Founding Fathers, Emerson, and Thoreau to your Personal Practice, and primary editor of Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: An International Handbook.

Christine Moriconi

Christine Moriconi, Psy.D, LMFT, RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at West Chester University and ACES specialist. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she specializes in the systemic impact of parenting children and adults with intellectual developmental disorders and other chronic illnesses. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family therapists. As a faculty member, Christine serves on department committees, chairs a college committee for underrepresented minority students. At the university level she is co-director of the Center for Contemplative studies at WCU. Her interest in service learning is ongoing and a springboard for her interest in global health. Christine is also pursuing a NP in psychiatric nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She received training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts and has been teaching Mindfulness since 2000.

Antonio Aloia

Antonio Aloia is currently a West Chester History graduate student and a graduate assistant for the History Department. He teaches aikido – the way of harmonizing energies – at the Center for Contemplative Studies on Thursdays. Through aikido, Antonio becomes mindful not only of his body but of those he trains with.

Annalee Althouse

Annalee Althouse is currently a senior Nutrition and Dietetics Major who is also pursuing to become a certified yoga instructor. She values the practice of mindfulness since it helps provide balance day-to-day and hopes to share this with others. Annalee teaches yoga at the CCS on Thursdays 8-9pm and has had the opportunity to work with the women’s basketball team during preseason. Annalee is originally from Avondale, PA and enjoys writing her own music and playing the violin collaborating with orchestras, local recording artists and theater productions.

King Frayneld

King Frayneld is a first year graduate student at WCU, majoring in Public Health. King is one of the interns at the Center for Contemplative Studies, with an anticipated graduation date of spring 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, King enjoys hanging with family and friends. He also enjoys listening to his cultural music of Haitian and Jamaican background.

Brooke Gaines

Brooke is a senior Science and Mathematics Major, with a minor in Science Education, graduating in December 2018. She is a yoga instructor at the Center for Contemplative Studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Brooke is from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and enjoys art, writing, reading, and learning different languages.

Jules Hedrick

Jules Hedrick is a first year graduate student in the Master's program for Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs. She graduated Bloomsburg University with an Organizational Communication Studies degree and a minor in Professional Writing. Her hobbies consist of traveling, attending Zumba classes and practicing mindfulness and meditation.

Phoebe Landolt

Phoebe Landolt Is a current senior at West Chester University majoring in Professional Studies. She runs our morning mediation classes on Monday through Thursday at 9am. Phoebe was born in Unionville Pennsylvania, and enjoys rock climbing.

Michelle Laurenzi

Michelle Laurenzi is a graduate student in the WCU Master of Public Health program and a graduate assistant at the Center for Contemplative Studies. She hopes to help bring mindfulness and contemplative practices to our student body as well as show everyone how easy it is to incorporate into their lives. It is especially easy with our Center here on campus for everyone to use free of charge! Mindfulness has greatly helped Michelle as a student, and she believes it can be beneficial to everyone else as well.

Victoria Maurone

Victoria Maurone is a senior here at WCU majoring in Psychology. She is in the Contemplative Studies minor program and working on her yoga teacher certification. She teaches gentle yoga/mindful movement here at the CCS on Wednesdays at 3 and in Goshen 108A Yoga Studio on Mondays at 2.

Reginald Smith

Reginald Smith is a graduate student at WCU Master's program for Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs. He graduated WCU with a Religious Studies degree and minors in Contemplative Studies, Information Technology, and Philosophy. He plans to graduate from the program in 2019. Reginald is originally from Washington, D.C., and enjoys many hobbies that include playing video games, reading books on religion and spirituality, hanging out and chatting about life, and when he is alone, just being.

Patricia Spackman

Patricia Spackman is the Center's Administrative Assistant. She holds bachelor degrees in Physics, Math, and Mechanical Engineering. Patti coordinates CCS operations and hopes to facilitate student and staff participation in the classes and events offered by the Center. Patti was born in Brooklyn NY, raised in Bergen County NJ, and currently resides on the family farm in Chester Spring PA. She enjoys singing and playing squash. One way that Patricia stay mindful is by taking long walks.

Cheri Turnquest

Cheri Turnquest is a yoga instructor here at the Center of Contemplative Studies. She is currently in her third year of the Yoga Teacher Training program at WCU. Cheri is originally from Yeadon, Pennsylvania, and she enjoys gardening and photography during her free time.

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