Research interests include sleep, emotional disturbances, and new treatment/prevention strategies for mood disorders. Current research includes a 5-year NIH-funded RCT on the neurophysiological effects of mindfulness meditation in depression, including executive, affective, sleep, EEG + endocrine functioning. Other research examined the school-based mental training on attention, sleep + emotional wellbeing, and potential adverse or iatrogenic effects

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Willoughby Britton received a B.A. in Neuroscience from Colgate University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona, and completed her clinical internship at Brown Medical School. She received sleep/EEG technician training at Harvard Medical School and was a Research Fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH) and at Andrew Weil's Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She spent several years in Asia studying meditative techniques and received her mindfulness instructor certification training at the Center for Mindfulness at the UMASS Medical School. Dr. Britton's research includes sleep, emotional disturbances, and new treatment/prevention strategies. She recently completed a 3-year NIH-funded clinical trial on the neurophysiological effects of mindfulness meditation in depression, and continues to examine the link between sleep, affective disturbance and emotional regulation strategies. Two current research projects aim to examine the effects of meditation practices in 6th graders and college students.

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Bedtime in the sleep lab

6th graders meditate in the Moses Brown study

With the Dalai Lama at Mind and Life XXIV

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Phone: +1 401 863 9738
E-mail: Willoughby_Britton@brown.edu

Willoughby Britton's Brown Research URL:

On The Web:
Contemplative Studies
Brown Sleep Research Laboratory
University of Arizona Sleep Research Laboratory
Mind and Life Institute

Brown collaborators:

Collaborators at other institutions:
John Allen, Ph.D.
Director, Psychophysiology Laboratory
University of Arizona

Richard Bootzin, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Director, Insomnia Program, Arizona Sleep Disorders Center
University of Arizona

Judson Brewer
Department of Psychiatry
Yale University

John Dunne
Department of Religion
Emory University

Jake Jacobs, Ph.D.
Director, Anxiety Research Laboratory
University of Arizona

Amishi Jha, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

Alfred Kaszniak
Neuropsychology, Emotion and Memory Lab
University of Arizona

Matthias Mehl
Department of Psychology
University of Arizona

Jessica Payne, Ph.D.
Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory
Harvard Medical School

Ben Shahar, Ph.D
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Zindel Segal
Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
University of Toronto

Marieke van Vugt
Computational Memory Lab
University of Pennsylvania

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