Cassandra Vieten, President / CEO

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Cassandra Vieten, President / CEO

Biography

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Dr. Vieten, a licensed clinical psychologist, has been with IONS since 2001, previously serving as its Executive Director of Research.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California, and several private donors and foundations, her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance (primarily in the areas of addiction and pregnancy/postpartum well-being); and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psychospiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life. Her primary interest lies in how psychology, biology, and spirituality interact to affect experience and behavior.

She completed her pre- and post-doctoral research training at The University of California, San Francisco, working primarily on the biological and psychological underpinnings of addiction and alcoholism.

She received her PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her clinical training focused on the integration of Eastern philosophy and spirituality into psychotherapy. She has conducted workshops, groups, and individual psychotherapy with victims of trauma, adolescent, adult and pregnant drug addicts, violent offenders, transgendered and HIV+ individuals, and adults seeking personal growth.

She has authored books, chapters, and academic articles, as well as presenting at numerous international scientific conferences, trainings for colleagues and students, and workshops and events for the lay public. She is co-author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2008) and author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2009).

Education

1991–1998
PhD, Clinical Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies

1987–1991
BA, with honors, Psychology
California State University, San Bernardino

Publications

Shapiro, S.L., Lyons, K.E., Miller, R.C., Butler, B., Vieten, C., Zelazo, P.D. (in press). Contemplation in the Classroom: A New Direction for Childhood Education. Educational Psychology Review.

Gizer, I.R., Seaton-Smith, K.L, Ehlers, C.L., Vieten, C. & Wilhelmsen, K.C. (in press). Heritability of MMPI-2 scales in the UCSF Family Alcoholism Study. Journal of Addictive Diseases.

Ehlers C.L., Gizer I.R., Vieten C., Gilder D.A., Stouffer G.M., Lau P., Wilhelmsen K.C. (in press) Linkage analyses of cannabis dependence, craving, and withdrawal in the San Francisco Family Study. Neuropsychiatric Genetics.

Ehlers C.L., Gizer I.R., Vieten C., Gilder D.A., Stouffer G.M., Lau P., Wilhelmsen K.C. (in press)  Cannabis dependence in the San Francisco Family Study: age of onset of use, DSM-IV symptoms, withdrawal and heritability. Addictive Behaviors.

Ehlers, CL, Gizer IR, Vieten C, Gilder A, Gilder DA, Stouffer GM, Lau P., Wilhelmsen KC (in press) Age at Regular Drinking, Clinical Course, and Heritability of Alcohol Dependence in the San Franciscofamily study: A Gender Analysis.American Journal on Addictions.

Vieten, C, Astin, JA; Buscemi, R; Galloway, GP (in press). Development of an acceptance-based coping intervention for relapse prevention. Substance Abuse, Vol 31, ISS 2, pp 1-9.

Schlitz M., Vieten C., Miller E. (2010) Worldview Transformation and the Development of Social Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies; July-Aug 2010; 17(7–8): 18-36.

Vieten C, Astin J (2008) Effects of a Mindfulness-based Intervention During Pregnancy on Prenatal Stress and Mood: Results of a Pilot Study. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, Vol 11, No 1, pp 67-74

Carmody T, Vieten C, Astin J (2008). Affect Regulation, Emotional Acceptance, and Nicotine Dependence. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Vol 39, No 4, pp 499-508.

Vieten C, Amorok T, Schlitz M (2006). “I” to “We”: Effects of Spiritual Practices on the Development of Compassion and Altruism. Journal of Religion and Science, 41:4, 917-933.

Vieten C,  (2004). The role of transformation and spirit on human brain activity and immunity. San Francisco Medicine: Journal of the San Francisco Medical Society 77:7, 28-31

Vieten C, Wilhelmsen K. (2004) The UCSF Family Alcoholism Study: I. Design, methods, and demographics.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28:10, 1509-1516.

Seaton KL, Cornell JL, Wilhelmsen KC, Vieten C (2004). Effective strategies for recruiting multiplex families ascertained through alcoholic probands. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28:1, 78-84.

Larenas M, Vieten C (2001). Intergenerational differences in course of alcoholism in women (Abstract) (Presented at College on Problems of Drug Dependence, annual scientific meeting, Tuscon, AZ)

Pilato RW, Vieten C, Wilhelmsen KC, Jay CA (1999). Personality correlates of alcoholism in siblings: An exploratory study (Abstract). Alc Clin Exp Res 23(suppl 5):132A (1999). (Presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism, annual scientific meeting, Santa Barbara, CA).

Vieten C, Pilato RW, Wilhelmsen KC, Jay CA (1999). Affect regulation and recovery from alcoholism (Abstract). Alc Clin Exp Res 23(suppl 5):83A (1999). (Presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism, annual scientific meeting, Santa Barbara, CA).

Vieten C, Jay CA, Wilhelmsen KC, Wasserman DA (1999). Relationship of self-regulation to alcohol and nicotine dependence (Abstract). NIDA Research Monograph #180. (Presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, annual scientific meeting, Acapulco, Mexico)

Vieten C, Wilhelmsen KC, Jay CA. (1997) MMPI-2 substance abuse scales in a community-based research sample of alcoholics (Abstract). Alc Clin Exp Res 21(suppl 2):128A. (Presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism, annual scientific meeting, San Francisco, CA)

 

Popular Press Articles

Vieten, C. (in press).  Mindful Motherhood, Tikkun Magazine.  May/June 2010.

Vieten, C. (2010).  Making Motherhood Mindful, Pathways to family wellness, Spring 2010, 38-9.

Vieten, C.  (2009-10). Mindful Motherhood (excerpt). Expecting Magazine. Winter 2009-10.        

Vieten, C. (2009).  Crucial Practice:  The Mindful Diaper Change.  Spirituality and Health. September/October 2009, 12:5, 25-6.

Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., Vieten, C. (2008).  Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.  The Light Connection, March 2008, 24:3, 14-6, 51-3.

Vieten C., Schlitz M., Amorok T. (2008). Seeing with new eyes. Science of Mind: A Guide for Spiritual Living, 81:11, 4-14.

Vieten, C.(2009). Shaping Our Tomorrow.  Circle News:  The Institute of Noetic Sciences. Spring 2009, 14:1, 5.

Vieten, C. (2008). Living Deeply in Our Relationships.  Awareness Magazine, May/June 2008, 15:3, 28.

 

Chapters

Vieten C., Amorok T., Schlitz M. (2008). Many paths, one mountain: An integral approach to the science of transformation. In D.H. Johnson (Ed.), The meaning of life in the 21st century: Tensions among science, religion, and experience. (pp. ) New York: iUniverse.

Schlitz M., Vieten C., Amorok T. (2008). The Art and Science of Transformation. In Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality.  Boulder, CO: Sounds True Publications.

O’Connor L., Esherick M., Vieten C. (2001). Drug and alcohol abusing women. In S.L.A. Straussner & S. Brown (Eds.), The handbook of addiction treatment for women: theory and practice. New York: Jossey Bass.

 

Books

Vieten C. (2009). Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Baby’s First Year. Berkeley, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Schlitz M., Vieten C., Amorok T. (2008). Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life. Berkeley, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

 

Media

Vieten, C. (2009). Mindful Motherhood, filmed August 22, 2009. Corte Madera, CA. http://fora.tv/2009/08/22/Mindful_Motherhood_Cassandra_Vieten  Accessed April 15, 2010.

Schlitz, M., Vieten, C., Amorok, T. (2008). Living Deeply: Transformative Practices from the World’s Wisdom Traditions. (DVD).

Speaking

August 2009-present
“Mindful Motherhood: A Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat for Pregnant Women and Moms” with Jnana Gowan, day-long and weekend retreats, presented at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA, and the San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco, CA

April 19, 2010
“Mindfulness” Grand Rounds presentation at Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, CA

April 16, 2010
“Transformations in Consciousness Through Spiritual Engagement”
plenary speaker Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

April 13, 2010
Tucson Psychic Explorers Group lecture, Tucson, AZ

March 12, 2010
Institute for Spirituality and Psychology,
Spiritual Competency invitational meeting, Convener and participant,
Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA

February 19, 2010
3rd Annual Mary Dallman Symposium
The Drive to Overeat: Stress and Reward Pathways, Panelist,
UCSF, San Francisco, CA

February 13, 2010
“The Love Study” lecture, First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Francisco, CA

Jan 2008–Jan 2010
“Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation and Healing in Everyday Life” day-long and weekend retreats presented at For Goodness Sake, Truckee, CA; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, CA; Petaluma, CA; Big Sur, CA, Ashland, OR, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Tucson, AZ; Cleveland, OH

December 6-11, 2009
“Humanizing Healthcare” co-convener and participant,
Second annual Esalen-IONS invitational conference,
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

November 20, 2009
“Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Stress Reduction Pregnancy:
Potential Implications for Perinatal Obesity Interventions”
UCSF COAST(Center for Obesity Assessment Study and Treatment)
Seminar Series, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

November 11, 2009
“Living Deeply” lecture at the Diablo IONS Community Group, Lafayette, CA

October 23, 2009
“Mindfulness and Well-Being” panel with Agnessens, Shapiro, Marcy, Brennan
presented at the 2009 Science and Nonduality Conference, San Rafael, CA

July 29, 2009
“Mindful Motherhood: A Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat for Pregnant Women and Moms” Wednesday Night Dharma Talks, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM

June 25, 2009
“Mindful Motherhood” lecture with Shauna Shapiro,
SpiritRock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA.

June 19, 2009
“The Science of Peace: How Emerging Evidence is Confirming Ancient Wisdom about Our Capacities for Inner, Relational, and Societal Nonviolence” Toward a Global Shift: Seeding the Field of Collective Change, 13th International IONS Conference, Tucson, AZ

June 17, 2009
“Conscious Parenting: How Science and Wisdom Practices Can Bring Your Parenting to a New Level” Toward a Global Shift: Seeding the Field of Collective Change, 13th International IONS Conference, Tucson, AZ

June 13-14, 2009
“Transformative Practice and Well-Being”
Integral Transformative Practices Conference, Mill Valley, CA

June 3-7, 2009
Invited participant, Aspen Snowmass Conference on Interspiritual Dialogue,
convened by Father Thomas Keating.

March 27-29, 2009
“The healer’s journey: Enhance your healing practice, increase, joy and reconnect with your life purpose” with Lee Lipsenthal, MD, ABIHM,
Transformative Learning Weekend Workshop,
Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA

April 2008
“Toward a Theory of Consciousness Transformation”
Center for Consciousness Studies Conference,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

December 2008
“Humanizing Healthcare” co-convener and participant,
Esalen-IONS invitational conference,
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

December 2007
“Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and the Mindful Motherhood Project”
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California San Francisco

November 2007
“Mindfulness, Affect Regulation, and Relapse Prevention”
Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA

October 2007
“Mindfulness and Transformation”
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

September 2007
“Living Deeply: Transformation and Healing”
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

August 2007
“Mindfulness and Relapse Prevention”
Henry Ohlhoff Programs, San Francisco, CA

August 2007
“Mindfulness and Relapse Prevention”
Kaiser Chemical Dependency Program, San Francisco, CA

August 2007
“Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention”
Summer Symposium – Mind Body Medicine Research Group,
California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute

August 2007
“Transformation and Healing”
Institute of Noetic Sciences International Conference,
Palm Springs, CA

June 2006
“The Art and Science of Transformation”
A Glimpse of Our Future: Pathways to Healing Conference,
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

March 2006
“Initiating, Supporting, and Sustaining Transformation”
Breakthrough Time: Individual, Social and Global Transformation,
Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California

October 2005
“Mind-body Approaches to Smoking Cessation and Relapse Prevention”
Tobacco Related Disease Research Program Conference, Los Angeles, CA

September 2005
“Many Paths, One Mountain: A Cross-Traditional Model of Spiritual Transformation.” Yoko Civilization Research Institute, Fourth International Conference, Awaji, Japan

June 2005
“Many Paths, One Mountain: A Cross-Traditional Model of Spiritual Transformation.” Metanexus Conference on Science and Religion, Philadelphia, PA

March 2005
“The Art and Science of Transformation”
Mini–MedicalSchool, Institute for Health and Healing,
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco

August 2004
“Transformative Practice and Healing”
MarinGeneral Hospital, Institute for Health and Healing

July 2004
“Affirmative Prayer: Scientific Perspectives”
Parliament of World Religions, Barcelona

June 2004
‘Living Practice: Transformation and Healing”
Institute of Noetic Sciences, Integral Medicine Conference,
Western Conference of Unitarian Ministers, Menlo Park, CA

April 2004
“Transformation in Everyday Life”
Western Conference of Unitarian Ministers, Menlo Park, CA

November 2003
“Redefining the Placebo Effect”
Institute of Noetic Sciences: Compassionate Intent Conference

September 2003
“Transformation from a Research Perspective”
Golden GateCenter for Spiritual Living, Corte Madera, CA

June 2003
“Emotion Regulation and Addiction”
California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, San Francisco, CA

April 2003
“Emotion Regulation in Psychotherapy”
Psychology Intern Training, Center for Special Problems, San Francisco, CA

May 2002
“Researching Spiritual Transformation”
Marin Integrative Healing Network, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA

January 2002
“Qualitative Research on Transformational Practices”
Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, CA

April 2001, 2002
“Termination of Psychotherapy”
Psychology Intern Training, Center for Special Problems, San Francisco, CA

January 2001
“The Genetics of Addiction”
Kaiser Permanente Education Symposium, Vallejo, CA

September 2000
“Genetics of Alcoholism and Addiction”
Great Lakes Conference on Addictions and Behavioral Health, Indianapolis, IN

August 2000
“Genetics of Addiction”
24th Annual Summer Institute on the Addictions, Colorado Springs, CO

March 2000
“Clinical and Epidemiological Aspects of Addiction”
Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction, University of California, San Francisco

1999–2000
“The Genetics of Alcoholism and Addiction”
Presented at chemical dependency treatment programs including: St. Helena Health Center, Napa, CA; Bridge Counseling Associates, Las Vegas, NV; WestCare, Las Vegas, NV; Charter Behavioral Health, Las Vegas, NV; Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Las Vegas, NV; Chrysalis, Oakland, CA; East Bay Community Recovery, Oakland, CA.

October 1999
“Genetics for Chemical Dependency Counselors”
Hazelden Graduate Program and Staff Training, Hazelden, Minneapolis, MN

March 1998
“The Psychodynamics of Addiction”
Psychology intern training, Center for Special Problems, San Francisco, CA

Research

Teaching

2005-present
Instructor, Evaluating the Evidence: Assessing Scientific Journal Articles
California Pacific Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry

Winter 2004
Instructor, Biological Bases of Behavior (39 classroom hours)
The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

Winter 2003
Co-Instructor, Biological Bases of Behavior (9 classroom hours)
The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

Winter 2002
Co-Instructor, Biological Bases of Behavior (9 classroom hours)
The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

Fall 2000
Instructor, Human Development (39 classroom hours)
The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

Winter 2000
Instructor, Biological Bases of Behavior (39 classroom hours)
The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

Summer 1999
Extension Instructor, Genetics for Chemical Dependency Counseling (8 classroom hours)
University of California, Berkeley

Fall 1998
Instructor, Transpersonal Psychology (45 classroom hours)
Sonoma State University, CA

Honors & Service

2008–present
Co- President, Board: Institute for Spirituality and Psychology

2009-2010
Grant Reviewer, NIH, STTR/SBIR Behavioral

2009
Peer Reviewer, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

2009
NIH Challenge Grant Reviewer

2009
Peer Reviewer, Explore Journal

2008
Grant Reviewer, Department of Defense

2006–2008
Peer Reviewer, Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2006–2008
Vice-President: Institute for Spirituality and Psychology

2003-2007
National Institutes of Health Student Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (~$100,000)

2005
Scientific Merit Reviewer, California Pacific Medical Center Institutional Review Board

2002
Grant Reviewer, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Specialized Centers of Research on Women’s Health

1995–2000
Member (Gallo Center Representative), Committee on Human Research (IRB)
University of California, San Francisco

1999
Recipient, Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism

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