Donald McCown is assistant professor of integrative health and director of the Center for Contemplative Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He has been lecturer in the School of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia,and Director of Mindfulness at Work Programs at the Mindfulness Institute at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. He holds a PhD from Tilburg University in the Netherlands,an MSS from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and a Master of Applied Meditation Studies degree from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. He has participated in professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and has completed the most advanced teacher training in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He maintains a practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and teaches in the post graduate marriage and family therapy program at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He has particular clinical and research interest in the use of mindfulness in working with adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, and with artists and professionals negotiating anxiety and depression in their lives.