Cynthia Price PhD MA LMT
My research is focused on integrative health care and mind-body interventions with primary expertise in mindfulness-based approaches, massage therapy, and somatic psychotherapy. I developed an approach called Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), a mind-body approach that combines psychoeducation, touch and mindfulness designed to teach interoceptive awareness and related skills to promote self-care and emotion regulation. The MABT approach is particularly helpful for people who are experientially avoidant and/or disconnected from their bodies (and emotions) due to conditions such as chronic stress, trauma, substance use, eating disorders and chronic pain. My research expertise is in the implementation of clinical trials to examine intervention effectiveness and underlying mechanisms; my studies are typically implemented in community settings with a focus on improving access to health care for marginalized and 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 it is my aim 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.
DepartmentBiobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics
- Innovative Interventions
- Symptom Science
- Health Equity