Our research initiatives have included Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training for community leaders, stress reduction training for students in the ASPIRE program (a collaboration between WCU and the Chester County Intermediate Unit), MBSR for fathers of young children with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, and studies of self-compassion and compassion in nursing students. The Center also adds to the scholarship of contemplative studies through publication of books and articles about theory and pedagogy for contemplative practices.

Please read on to learn more about specific research conducted by our faculty members.

PASSHE Mindfulness Conference

PASSHE Mindfulness Conference

On April 8 The West Chester University CCS hosted the first mindfulness conference for PASSHE schools. Representatives from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven and Millersville were just some of the schools who met at CCS to see how mindfulness practices are being implemented in other PASSHE institutions.


    • Down syndrome and Dementia: Guide to Identification, Screening and Management
    • The Journal for Nurse Practitioners
    • Welsh, M., Mandel,D., Moriconi,C. (2014).
    • A case study revealing the spectrum of perinatal depression: Are we doing enough?
    • 09/22/15
    • Archives of Mental Health (In review)


  • Costa Rica- Knowledge Crossing Borders " Mindfulness and Service Learning"
  • Research day at WCU
    • Brandywine Foundation: Mental Health Initiative.
    • Apr.18,2015
    • Dean Adams invited faculty member to Mental Health First Aid Course.
    • Adaptation to senior nursing curriculum in fall, 2015.
    • Senior nursing students participated in the "Take a Mental Health Day."
    • Sept.10, 2015
    • Fall, 2015 incorporated suicide simulation for clinical experience.
    • Assisted in WCU and Brandywine Foundation evaluation of the impact of National Council on Behavioral Health Youth Mental Health First Aide class.
    • Oct.2, 2015

Donald McCown

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