The Women’s Health Lab is part of the Department of Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. The lab is housed within the undergraduate research suite in Marston Hall. We have several active members all investigating women's health issues. Our lab is equipped to measure psychological, physiological, and neuroendocrine stress responses to various laboratory stressors. Topics being investigated by the Women’s Health Lab team include:

  • Interrelationships among menstrual cycle phase, stress, impulsivity, and trait mindfulness in women
  • Mindfulness meditation effects on cardiac vagal control in women with severe premenstrual symptomatology
  • Mindful Body Awareness effects on cardiac vagal control in women
  • The effect of Mindful Body Awareness on the relationship between poor body image and stress in women

Please direct interest regarding the Women's Health Lab to Dr. Lustyk at

Interested research participants, please direct questions to: (206) 281-2541


Kathy Lustyk photo

M. Kathleen B. Lustyk, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Primary Investigator of the Women's Health Lab at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Dr. Lustyk also holds affiliate faculty positions in the School of Nursing and Department of Psychology at the University of Washington (UW). Work in the Women's Health Lab seeks to explicate the psychophysiological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying the effects of mindfulness in women. Made possible by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Lustyk investigated brain activation patterns in response to craving and other appetitive cues in alcoholic women treated with Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP). Along with her interests in mindfulness and more generally Women's Health, Dr. Lustyk served as a drug consultant informing the development of new treatments for premenstrual symptomatology while considering quality of life issues in women. Dr. Lustyk also serves as a Mindfulness Speaker for the FACES conferences led by Dr. Richard Fields.

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

Calendar of Previous Events and Relevant Presentations:

If you are interested in participating or volunteering in the research of the Lustyk Women's Health Lab email Dr. Lustyk at

Lab Publications

Dr. Lustyk's Recent Book Contributions:

  • Marlatt, G. A., Bowen, S. B., & Lustyk, M. K. B. (2012). Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom with Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention: Clinical and Neurobiological Considerations. In C. Germer & R. Siegel (Eds), Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy. (pp. 221-223), New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Dr. Lustyk's Recent Press Appearances include:

  • Lustyk, M. K. B. (2010). The pleasure circuit. Inquiring Mind, 26, 15.

Dr. Lustyk's Recent Publications include:

  • Lustyk, M. K. B., Gerrish, W. G., Shaver, S., & Keys, S. L. (2009). Cognitive behavioral therapy for premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder: A systematic review. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 12 (2),85-96.
  • Lustyk, M. K. B., Widman, L., Paschane, A., & Olson, K. C.  (2005). Physical activity and quality of life: Assessing the influence of activity frequency, intensity volume and motives. Behavioral Medicine, 30, 124-131.
  • Lustyk, M. K. B., Widman, L., Paschane, A., & Ecker, E. (2004). Stress, quality of life and physical activity in women with varying premenstrual symptomatology. Women and Health, 39, 35-44.

Mindfulness Resources


Type Source
Formal Training

Mindfulness Based Stress



Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School (John Kabat-Zinn & Saki Santorelli)

University of California, San Diego, Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Professional Training (Steven Hickman), Let Panic Go iPod Application

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry; University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry (Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, & John Teasdale)
Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention


Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, University of Washington, (Sarah Bowen, Neharika Chawla, Joel Grow, & G. Alan Marlatt)
Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training


Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training, The Center for Mindful Eating, Indiana State University, Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality (Jean Kristellar)
Mindfulness Based Childbirth

and Parenting


Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting, The professional Development and Teacher Training Program at the University of California San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Mindfulness Based Mind

Fitness Training (MMFT)

Mindfulness Based Mind Fitness Training, Mind Fitness Training Institute
Student Resources
Association for Contextual

Behavioral Science

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science: Academic Training & Research Labs
Mindfulness Research Guide Mindfulness Research Guide: Mindfulness Research and Treatment Centers
Association for Behavioral

& Cognitive Therapies

Mindfulness and Acceptance Special Interest Group: Directory of Training Opportunities
Informal Online Training eMindful, Comprehensive Health and Wellness Services, Interactive online classes
Mindful Healing Series Mindful Healing Series
Dharma Web Dharma Web
Other Organizations that offer Seminars/Educational Opportunities
FACES Conferences FACES Conferences
Insight Meditation Society Insight Meditation Society
Mind and Life Institute Mind and Life Institute
Dharma Ocean Foundation Dharma Ocean Foundation, Reggie A. Ray
Mindful Awareness Research Center Mindful Awareness Research Center, The University  of California Las Angeles Semel Institute
Omega Omega, Institute for Holistic Studies
Mindsight Institute Mindsight Institute, Dan Siegel
Other Organizations That Offer Residential Retreats
Plum Village Practice Center Plum Village Practice Center, Thich Nhat Hanh
Spirit Rock Spirit Rock, Founded by: Dharma Foundation
Shambhala Mountain Center Shambhala Mountain Center, Founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Common Ground Meditation Center Common Ground Meditation, Mark Nunburg
Awareness and Relaxation Training


Awareness and Relaxation Therapy
Hollyhock Hollyhock
Dharma Ocean Retreat Center Dharma Ocean Retreat Center, Reggie A. Ray
Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, B. Alan Wallace
Other Resources
Mindful Self-Compassion Mindful Self-Compassion, Meditation Downloads by Christopher K. Germer, PhD
Mindfulness Research Guide Guide for researchers and practitioners, including Monthly bulletin for up to date mindfulness research
Roger's Daily Dharma Roger's Daily Dharma, Roger Nolan's blog
The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Mediation training for therapists
Tricycle Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
The Meditation Spot The Meditation Spot, Contains multiple resource links: Learn how to meditate, choose appropriate practice, and shop for related books and cds
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University
Awake & Alive: Mindful

Living with Cancer

Whidbey Institute Retreat: April 4 - 7, 2013

Erica Rayner-Horn and Elana Rosenbaum are both cancer survivors as well as psychotherapists and instructors of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. For more information about Erica and Elana, visit

Local Therapists
Erica Rayner-Horn Mindful Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes & training, CD recording of mindfulness meditation available for purchase,newsletter mailing list, True Happiness Mindfulness Retreat (June 9, 2012)
Neha Chawla Individual Psychotherapy by Neha Chawla, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention Training and Consultation: May 17 - July 5, Present Sense, Seattle, WA
Sandra Coffman Eight-week course in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (April 25-June 13)
North West Center for Mindful Living Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Carol Jackus
Local Meditation Resources
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Seattle Insight Meditation Society, Local meditation
Nalanda West Nalanda West, Local meditation
Pacific Center for Mindfulness Pacific Center for Mindfulness, John S. Wendt

We are always seeking to maintain the most up to date resources, so please send any comments, questions, or concerns to Danielle L Reaves at

Other Suggested Sites

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