Lorraine M. Hobbs, MA

Director, Youth and Family Programs at University of San Diego, Guiding MBSR Teacher and Guiding MSC teacher

Lorraine M. Hobbs M.A., is the Director of the Youth and Family Programs at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. As a family therapist and former clinical director of adolescent treatment programs, Lorraine is committed to helping teens and families achieve greater emotional health and stronger connections through Mindfulness-Based Interventions. During her tenure at the Center for Mindfulness, she has developed and implemented curricula in mindfulness training for multiple age groups, including a program in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting.

Her concern for the adverse effects of stress on the social and emotional development of teens led Lorraine to create pioneering work in the area of self-compassion. She is co-author of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults, adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion Program and endorsed by Kristen Neff, Ph.D. & Chris Germer, Ph.D. In addition, Lorraine provides teacher training in this curriculum nationally and internationally.

Lorraine is certified in MBSR (Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction), MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion), and CCARE (Compassion Cultivation, Altruism, Research & Education), a year-long training program created by clinical psychologists and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. She is an MBSR mentor for MBSR teachers seeking certification.

As co-director of the Mindfulness for Adolescents Certification Program, Lorraine provides consultation and supervision in mindfulness-based approaches and core skills training to professionals working with teens. She also consults with educators on integrating mindfulness and compassion-based programs in schools and offers workshops & public talks in the community.

Lorraine draws inspiration for her life and work from her yoga and meditation practices. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has practiced for over 20 years.


Karen Bluth, Ph.D

Associate Director of Mindfulness-Based Stress and Pain Reduction Program, Research Faculty in the UNC School of Medicine

Dr. Karen Bluth is faculty in the Program on Integrative Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UNC’s School of Medicine where she is a self-compassion and mindfulness researcher and teacher. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting wellbeing in adults and youth. She was awarded a Francisco J. Varela grant from the Mind and Life Foundation in 2012, which allowed her to explore the effects of a mindfulness intervention on adolescents’ wellbeing through examining stress biomarkers. Findings from this study have led to another project in which she will explore the effect of self-compassion on the physiologic stress response.

In 2015, Dr. Bluth received a North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences grant to explore relationships among mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional wellbeing in teens in grades 7-12, and to examine the protective effect of self-compassion against teen stressors. In collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Campo, she has also delivered an adapted version of Making Friends with Yourself online to young adult cancer survivors. Publications from both these research studies are in process. Further, funded by the John Rex Endowment and in collaboration with a local community organization, she is currently investigating the effect of teaching mindfulness and mindful self-compassion to adolescents and their adult caregivers. As a mindfulness practitioner for almost 40 years and a lifelong educator with 18 years of classroom experience, Dr. Bluth’s work includes bringing self-compassion and mindfulness programs to teachers, students, and school staff in educational settings.

Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks and teaches workshops about self-compassion and mindfulness in schools and in the community. Dr. Bluth is Associate Editor of the academic journal Mindfulness and Associate Director of the UNC Mindfulness Program on Stress and Pain Management.