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Steven D. Hickman, Psy.D.
Dr. Hickman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. Working within the Patient and Family Support Services of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, Dr. Hickman is engaged in a variety of activities, primarily focused on the psychological care of people facing medical illness. Much of his clinical work centers around the assessment and treatment of patients with chronic pain, cancer and other medical conditions.
Beginning in 2000, Dr. Hickman has developed and pursued his passion for the practice and application of mindfulness in the care of patients. He has taught 16 MBSR courses over the years, in addition to adapting it for nurses, medical students and other special populations. His focus on mindfulness as two dimensions: mindfulness as a practice to be taught to patients and mindfulness as a central component of psychological and medical treatment. Thus, the Center for Mindfulness has as its purpose both the fostering of mindfulness-based interventions for patient care and professional training and development for psychotherapists, physicians and other healthcare providers. Dr. Hickman is under contract to co-author a book on Mindfulness in Integrative Medicine, being published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Allan has been involved in learning and teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs (MBSR) since participating in his first program in 1993. Since that time he has trained in facilitating MBSR with the UMass Center for Mindfulness (CFM) and has gone on to teach MBSR to groups and individuals in universities, business and community settings. His work has also led him to teaching in military installations and even in the virtual world of Second Life. Allan has a strong passion for promoting the valuable work of mindfulness-based interventions and applies that passion in his role as Associate Director, spearheading marketing and program development efforts of the center, as well as leading MBSR and other mindfulness groups.
Senior MBSR Teacher
Adele Josepho, MD has been a mindfulness practitioner for 12 years. She has completed both the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. and the MBSR Intensive Training at UMASS Center for Mindfulness. Board Certified in Psychiatry and Holistic Medicine, she is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Josepho is a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School and Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry (Voluntary) at UCSD Medical School. She practices psychiatry in Del Mar, CA.
Lois Howland, DrPH, R.N.
Senior MBSR Teacher
Lois Howland, DrPH, RN, completed the professional training program in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and at the Omega Institute with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and Saki Santorelli, EdD. She has been a mindfulness practitioner since 2000. Dr. Howland is a graduate of the UCSF School of Nursing, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Howland is a full-time faculty member in the School of Nursing, University of San Diego, and conducts research related to biological mechanisms of stress particularly as it affects maternal and child health.
Lorraine M. Hobbs, M.A. CHom, received her training at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness under the supervision of Dr. Steve Hickman, Psy.D. She is a Homeopathic Practitioner, licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She has served as Clinical Director of an In-patient Adolescent Treatment Program at the Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., where she worked extensively with teens and their families. Her continued interest in working within this population and her commitment to the practice of mindfulness inspired her to collaborate with her colleague, Victoria Evans, in creating the first Adolescent MBSR program in San Diego. She practices Homeopathic Medicine and teaches Iyengar Yoga in San Diego, CA.
Luis Morones MFT has had a mindfulness practice since 1987 when he first began attending classes with Jack Kornfield in Marin County, Ca. Luis has a private practice as a family therapist in San Diego and Chula Vista . He has trained with Dr. Steve Hickman at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness . He has worked as a therapist since 1980 primarily with at risk families, refugee youth and adults who have a history of mental illness in their families . He has a special interest in the development of MBSR in Spanish and has taught the MBSR class in the Latino community. He is developing a Mindfulness Based Therapy specialty in his private practice that seeks to integrate spirituality, and psychology.
Livia Walsh, RN, LMFT
Livia Walsh is a nurse and licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Encinitas, California. She developed an interest and pursued training in the area of holistic/integrative health including mindfulness over her 30 plus years of professional practice. She completed the MBSR training program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Omega Institute under the direction of Jon Kabat Zinn, Saki Santorelli and the senior teaching staff. Ms Walsh also teaches MBSR at the Senior Center in Encinitas. She integrates mindfulness in her work with patients and students. In her capacity as clinical supervisor at San Diego Hospice and other institutions she has taught mindfulness-based interventions to graduate/post-graduate students and professional staffs. Ms. Walsh believes strongly in the mind-body connection and in an integrative approach to achieve and sustain optimal health and well being.
Deborah Rana M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician with an academic appointment in the Preventive Medicine program in the UCSD School of Medicine. She received her Practicum Training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine in Massachusetts. She has been teaching mindfulness to physicians since 2007. Dr. Rana believes mindfulness practice has an important place in helping health professionals develop skills which foster their own health and well-being and in so doing, can enhance their ability to authentically cultivate healing relationships with patients and their families over time.