for people ages 41 years and up (full criteria)
at San Diego, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Dawn M. Schiehser, PhD
Headshot of Dawn M. Schiehser
Dawn M. Schiehser



To investigate the efficacy of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR),to improve HRQoL, cognition, and mood, as well as to determine the longevity of the treatment response in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD).


Eligible study participants will be randomly assigned to one of two interventions: 1) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Parkinson's disease; MBSR-PD or 2) Creative Education Care (CEC). Study visits may be held remotely, via online video format (Webex). Interventions are held within a group format consisting of approximately 6-10 individuals with PD. Groups will meet once per week for over a 9-week period. All participants will be administered a battery of neuropsychological tests to measure HRQoL, cognition (e.g., executive function, attention, memory), and mood (i.e., anxiety, depression, and apathy), as well as motor symptoms, disease severity, and mindfulness engagement/practice. Tests will be administered at baseline, 9 weeks (post-treatment), and 6- and 12-months (follow-up assessments) by an examiner blinded to group assignment.


Parkinson's Disease, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Quality of Life, Mindfulness, Intervention, Parkinson Disease, Creative Education Care


You can join if…

Open to people ages 41 years and up

  1. Clinical diagnosis of PD based on UK Brain Bank Criteria
  2. >40 years of age

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Secondary causes of Parkinsonism (e.g. corticobasal degeneration, progressive supranuclear palsy, drug-induced parkinsonism)
  2. Other neurological conditions (e.g. stroke)
  3. Clinical diagnosis of dementia based on any previous neuropsychological testing
  4. Psychosis, antipsychotic treatment or treatment for substance abuse
  5. Uncorrected vision or hearing to adequately participate in the intervention
  6. Prior formal training in MBSR or regular current MBSR practice
  7. Recent or new participation in a psychological/behavioral treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  8. Active/current suicidal ideation


  • VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA
    San Diego California 92161-0002 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSD

  • Dawn M. Schiehser, PhD
    Biography Dr. Schiehser received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from Drexel University. She completed a pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology specialization) internship at Tulane University School of Medicine and a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCSD.


in progress, not accepting new patients
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About 108 people participating
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