Research interests involve the use of non-pharmacological therapies and interventions.
Focus is the investigation of complementary practices relevant to symptom self-management and the prevention of chronic disease.
Encourages nursing students, faculty and Medical Center colleagues to develop empathy and resiliency in order to better care for their patients and themselves.
Incorporates mindfulness and yoga into his daily life and has introduced contemplative practices into Employee Development at U.Va.
Wanting to share the rejuvenating experience of quiet reflection, she has designed "Renewal Retreats" for the staff and faculty at U.Va.
Sonia Jones is a wellness advocate, impact philanthropist, and co-founder of Sonima Wellness and the Sonima Foundation. Her passion is achieving meaningful change in global communities through best practices in health & wellness.
As Director of the International Residence College, Marga Odahowski uses contemplative practices to encourage her students to generate self-compassion and confidence through her academic courses on Mindful Leadership.
For the past 10 years Dr. Ruzek has provided psychological care for emerging adults at universities in California and Virginia. She joined UVa’s Student Health Services (SHS) in August 2012 and is currently a Staff Psychologist and Group Services Coordinator for the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) division of SHS. Dr. Ruzek received her PhD from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in 2004.
Andy Starr is currently a third year medical student at the UVa School of Medicine.
Professor Taylor has been a faculty member and clinical researcher for more than four decades at the University of Virginia. She directs the Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies.