Dr. Brewer’s talk on how habits are formed and how we can change them, called “A Simple Way To Break a Bad Habit,” was the 4th most watched TED Talk of 2016.
His earlier TED talk discusses the impact of mindfulness on attaining the elusive “flow state”. Watch on YouTube.
“The Craving Mind” Book
Dr. Brewer’s book, “The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love — Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits,” explores how habits form, why they’re so hard to overcome, and the research that gives us hope they can be changed.
Habit Change Programs
Step-by-step guidance based on the latest research, delivered via app and online.
Dr. Brewer is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT.
Using scientific tools including fMRI and EEG, his research is focused on evidence-based mindfulness treatments to treat addiction and change habits.
Judson Brewer MD PhD is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, combining nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT.
He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TEDMED, Time, Forbes, BBC, NPR, Businessweek and others.
A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments (Eat Right Now and Craving to Quit). He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI.
His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Fetzer Trust among others. Dr. Brewer founded Claritas MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for eating, smoking and other behavior change into the marketplace.