Ellen Flynn

BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKER

Ellen Flynn, MD, MTS

Ellen Flynn, MD, MTS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and also in the Department of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.  Ellen completed medical school and residency training in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed fellowship training in Psychosomatic Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. 

In addition, Ellen holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is certified to teach both MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts and MBAT (Mindfulness Based Attention Training).  She is an Attending Psychiatrist at the Women’s Health Collaborative in where she specializes perinatal psychiatry.  In addition to this work, she is teaching and researching the impact of Mindfulness Based Attention Training on medical students with the hope of creating a curriculum designed to foster resilient physicians.

SESSION TOPIC

Meditation or Medication: Mindfulness and the Cultivation of Resilience

Stress if part of the human condition. We are biologically wired to cope with stress. But we are living in age when stress, rather than being an episodic experience, is now unrelenting. In this talk I will review how this impacts not only your health but also your brain function; and what you can do about it. In medicine and in neuroscience, we are learning more and more about the neurobiology of resilience. This talk will also review the use of mindfulness as means of enhancing and cultivating resilience.