Priscilla M. Koop, PhD

Consultant, The Mindfulness


Priscilla 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 our relationship with 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 Koerbel and Bob Stahl, the Teaching Development Intensive with Lynn Koerbel and Caroline West, and several silent retreats. Dr. Koop is currently planning to take the final supervision, which will lead to certification in teaching MBSR.

Since 2008, Dr. Koop has taught the 8-week MBSR program, primarily for Healthcare Professionals, and has offered many scientific and clinical presentations. 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 

From Priscilla’s students:

“I appreciated Priscilla’s gentle style and openness to learning from everyone in the room. She models loving-kindness, compassion and non-judgement.” (Andrea R.)

“This last 8 weeks has been such a lovely adventure. We honour and recognize these skills you have developed over many years of commitment, experience and training. Thank you for sharing your passion! Your wise, gentle nature, full of generosity and kindness made this an extraordinary class! In gratitude,” (J.A.W & C.W.)

“Priscilla handled difficult questions gracefully, always inviting us to do what is best for us at any given time.” (Karen C.)