Larissa G. Duncan, PhD

Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being
Associate Professor | Human Development and Family Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Larissa G. Duncan, PhD, is a faculty affiliate of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), and she is currently the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Duncan also holds appointments as the Healthy Minds, Children, and Families Specialist with UW-Extension and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She is the Associate Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being and is on the faculty leadership team of the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Dr. Duncan was Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF and a core faculty member of the OCIM.

Dr. Duncan is internationally recognized for her development of a framework to promote and assess mindful parenting as well as her work to bring mindfulness and compassion training into school, family, community, and medical contexts. She employs mixed methods to study the biological and psychological pathways through which contemplative practices may support healthy child and family development as enhancements to other evidence-based strategies for prevention and lifecourse health promotion. Dr. Duncan is committed to working to improve the cultural relevance of these approaches to increase their impact in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in well-being and advance health equity. With funding from the Mt. Zion Health Fund, the William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH/NCCIH) she conducted the first studies of Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting and CenteringPregnancy with Mindfulness Skills.


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