Researchers ‘going to the mat’ to help teens cope with stress


FIU News profiled FIU-BRIDGE and their YogaTeens program, which helps teens cope with stress.

FIU-BRIDGE Associate Director Michelle Hospital, Ph.D. was approached by The Ware Foundation President Morgan Soumah, who expressed interest in better understanding the therapeutic potential of yoga with at-risk youth. Hospital shared the idea of a yoga study with FIU-BRIDGE Director Eric Wagner, Ph.D. and together, they brought in another FIU-BRIDGE colleague, Staci Morris, Psy.D., to form the team that developed a research proposal, which was ultimately submitted to and selected for funding by The Ware Foundation.

Then the work of putting together a teen-friendly yoga program began.

As head of a vital research center that’s a university-community partnership with Banyan Health Systems, Wagner was tasked to identify opportunities in line with the motto Connecting Research With Communities. But another important part of his work as a professor in the School of Social Work at Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work involves identifying young social welfare and public health professionals who are able to make the connections necessary to do in-depth research and effect needed changes. He saw this potential in Christine “Chrissy” Spadola, Ph.D. early on.

Check out the full article at FIU News.

Author: William-Jose Velez

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