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Cynthia Price PhD MA LMT

Research Professor
Affiliate Faculty, UW Center for Child and Family Wellbeing
Director, Center for Mindful Body Awareness

I study interoceptive awareness training for improved mental and physical health and well-being, particularly for people who are disconnected from their bodies due to stress, trauma, substance use, and emotional and/or physical pain.  With a clinical background in psychology and massage therapy, I developed an approach called Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) that combines psychoeducation, touch and mindfulness to teach body/interoceptive awareness skills for self-care and emotion regulation.  My research expertise is in the implementation of clinical intervention trials to examine the effectiveness and underlying mechanisms of MABT and other mind-body approaches; studies are typically implemented in community settings with a focus on improving access to health care for marginalized or underserved populations.  I am a co-author of two scales to measure interoceptive awareness: the Scale of Body Connection and the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness.  As Director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Body Awareness I work to disseminate interoceptive awareness training through teaching therapists/practitioners working in community, private practice, and academic settings.

Awards, accolades and distinguished memberships:

  • Research Group Member, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care
  • Advisory Council Member, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at NIH, 2016-2019
  • Chair, Massage Therapy Foundation Research Committee, 2008 -2018


  • 1982, BA, Health Care Studies, Wesleyan University, and Antioch University West
  • 1989, MA, Counseling Psychology, Lesley University
  • 2004, PhD, Nursing Science, University of Washington

What classes do you teach?

My teaching is primarily to clinicians in the community through the Center of Mindful Body Awareness.


What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

One of the many things I love about the UW School of Nursing is the broad and integrative orientation toward health and research.



Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity

Research Centers

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