Eric Loucks, PhD, is associate professor of Epidemiology, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Medicine, as well as director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.
Dr. Loucks is formally trained in cardiovascular physiology, social epidemiology, and mindfulness interventions. He and his colleagues were among the first to show associations of dispositional mindfulness with cardiovascular health, and they developed the first consensus theoretical framework of how mindfulness meditation could potentially reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. He is now implementing practical applications of the work, including randomized controlled trials of mindfulness interventions to address social disparities in cardiovascular disease.
Practically, Dr. Loucks has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice for almost 20 years. He is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor and is experienced teaching a number of mindfulness-based interventions including MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP). He is the lead developer of MB-BP, and with his colleagues currently has a $4.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the effectiveness of MB-BP and other mindfulness-based interventions.
Eric has held teaching positions at Harvard, McGill, and Brown Universities. With more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, his work on mindfulness and cardiovascular health has been featured by media organizations such as TIME Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, CNBC, and The Washington Post.