Prevention Program

Mindfulness Education

  • AUDIENCE: Elementary school students

  • METHOD: In-person, instructor-led curriculum

  • LENGTH: 4 Units, 5 lessons/Unit

  • DESCRIPTION: 20 lessons, 15 minutes/lesson

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Master Mind

Teaching elementary school students mindfulness skills with the goal of improving their coping skills, self-regulatory abilities, and healthy decision-making.



Parker, A. E. & Kupersmidt, J. B (2019). Teaching mindfulness to elementary school students. Presentation at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Statewide Summer Institute, Greensboro, NC, August 2019. 

Parker, A. E., Scull, T. M., & Keefe, E. (2017). Innovative approaches to substance abuse prevention. Presentation at the Prevention Is the Answer (PITA) conference, Elon, NC, June 2017. 

Parker, A. E., Kupersmidt, J. B., & Scull, T. M. (2016). Integrating mindfulness education into the elementary school classroom. Poster presented at the Society for Prevention Research, San Francisco, CA, April 2016. 

Parker, A. E. & Kupersmidt, J. B. (2015). Mindfulness education in elementary and middle school classrooms. Invited presentation at the Research Summit of the Yoga in Schools Symposium, Stockbridge, MA, February 2015. 

Parker, A. E., Kupersmidt, J. B., & Upton, S. (2014). Mindfulness training and substance abuse prevention for youth. Workshop presented at the Annual National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference, Hartford, CT., September 2014. 

Parker, A. E., Kupersmidt, J. B., Mathis, E. T., Scull, T. M., & Sims, C. (2012). Preliminary investigation of a mindfulness education, substance abuse prevention program for elementary school children. Poster presented at the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO, April 2012.

Parker, A. E. & Kupersmidt, J. B. (2012) Mindfulness in education: Tools and strategies for the classroom. Mini-skills presentation at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention, Philadelphia, PA, February 2012.

Parker, A. E. & Kupersmidt, J. B. (2011). School-based mindfulness training improves early adolescents’ self-regulatory abilities. In C. L. O’Donnell & A. Sussman (Chairs), Focusing in School: Techniques to Support Regulation of Attention and Behavior in Young Children. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC, May 2011.

Kupersmidt, J. B., & Parker, A. E., & Mathis, E. T. (2010). Master Mind: Mindfulness program for substance abuse prevention for elementary school students. Poster presented at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY, June 2010.


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