Priscilla M. Koop, PhD, MSc(A), BN
Consultant, The Mindfulness Institute.ca
Pricilla M. Koop has a background in nursing and has a a PhD in Family Studies from the University of Alberta. One of the main foci throughout her education (BN from the University of Manitoba; MSc(A) from McGill University) was stress and coping. Her doctoral research examined stress and coping in cancer patients and their family caregivers.
Dr. Koop became aware of mindfulness as a way to influence stressors in the early 1990’s and sought access to training in the field of mindfulness. She was particularly drawn to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) because of its secular nature, its foundation in science, and its amenability to rigorous study. In 2008, she took the 8-week MBSR program and began working toward certification as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has taken the 7-day Mindfulness in Mind-Body Medicine intensive workshop with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli (2009), Tools of Mindfulness with Florence Meleo-Myer (2011), the Practicum in teaching MBSR (2015) with Lynn Korbel and Bob Stahl, and several silent retreats. Dr. Koop is currently planning to take the final course, Teaching Development Intensive, which will lead to certification in teaching MBSR.
Since 2008, Dr. Koop has co-taught several 8-week MBSR programs, and presented the principles and experiences of mindfulness to undergraduate health sciences students, as well as at Palliative Care Rounds and Pædiatric Integrative Medicine Rounds, to family support groups, Psychiatric Residents, educators, and members of the general public. She was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and left this position in July 2014 in order to teach mindfulness meditation with The Mindfulness Institute.ca.