Jean Kristeller received her doctorate in clinical and health psychology from Yale University in 1983, her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in psychophysiology and clinical psychology in 1978, and her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Previous appointments have been at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Harvard University Medical School. She is currently professor of psychology at Indiana State University, and director of the LSI-funded Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality at ISU. The Center has recently received acknowledgment as a Lilly-supported Program of Distinction. She has published on Buddhism and psychology, and is currently working on books on meditation and on spiritual intelligence. She has been investigating the role of spiritual engagement in coping with cancer for several years, with funding through the Metanexus Instituteﾒs Spiritual Transformation Program. She currently has funding through the NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine for studies on the use of mindfulness meditation in treating binge eating disorder and obesity, and was a co-investigator on a recently completed NIH-funded study examining ways in which spirituality is may serve as a protective mechanism in alcohol intake.
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