Patricia (Tish) Jennings, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Jennings is a Research Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS) and the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University. Dr. Jennings received her doctorate in human development from the University of California, Davis and completed postdoctoral training at the Health Psychology Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she was the project director on the Cultivating Emotional Balance project initiated by the Mind and Life Institute. Subsequently she became the Director of Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the Garrison Institute where she lead the faculty team that developed the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE for Teachers), a mindfulness-based program for teachers.
In her current role at Penn State she has conducted federally-funded research on CARE and has found that the program improves teachers’ general well-being, health, emotion regulation, efficacy and mindfulness. A study currently underway is examining CARE’s effects on classroom climate and student academics and behavior.
In addition to psychological research, Dr. Jennings has over 22 years of research and teaching experience in the field of education. After receiving a master’s degree in education, she founded and directed an experimental school where she developed and field-tested curriculum for children from infancy through 5th grade, applying a variety of contemplative approaches that come from alternative educational methodologies such as Montessori and Waldorf in her work. She later served as Director of Intern Teachers at St. Mary’s College Graduate School of Education in Moraga, California, where she taught education courses, supervised student research, developed teacher education curriculum, and supervised student teacher training. She has been practicing meditation since 1973.