Research

Current Projects:

Mindfulness-Based Practices for Stress Reduction and Quality of Life Enhancement for Teachers, Youth, Parents, and Wellness Staff in Schools – As part of this program, John has provided instruction in mindfulness and yoga to approximately 200 school district teachers and staff, and about 200 children and families. At a back to school training day for school district staff, John provided a half-day of mindfulness training on the application of mindfulness in the classroom environment and for self-care. John is currently teaching mindfulness and yoga to nine 3rd/4th grade classrooms in East Palo Alto. John is translating mindfulness-based awareness practices to age-appropriate applications and instructing the children on how these practices can bring positive transformation to one’s mind-body-emotional systems. This project integrates clinical mindfulness and child psychology with practical classroom application.

A Mental Health Needs Assessment for a Charter School and Job Placement Agency – In this project, John and a Stanford University School of Medicine Research team participated in field work focus groups, group administration of a mental health screening instrument, and statistical analysis of data in order to provide these organizations and their funding organization with insight into what further mental health services will help to further their program goals and objectives.

RISE Yoga At Schools Program – John is currently collaborating with the Yoga At Schools program to develop a research protocol to evaluate the effectiveness of their program for high school students. John will provide research support for this program. Funding is currently being sought. Please contact John if you would like to make a donation.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth – John works as a psychotherapist for youth who have experienced trauma.

PRESENTATIONS  

Forthcoming

Predictors of comorbid Depressive Disorders in youth with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. 
Solomon, E., Carrion, V., Rettger, J., & Garrett, A. (2014, October).  Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, San Diego, CA.

 

Developing a Youth Mindfulness Program in a School-Based Setting: A Two-Year Status Report

Rettger, J. P., Chandler, J. M., Fu, M. A., Carrion, V. G.
New Research Poster presentation at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 61 st Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, October 20-25, 2014.

 

Should Specific Compassion Components Be Included in All Mindfulness-based Mental Health Programs?

Rettger, J. P.
Poster presentation at the 2nd biannual Science of Compassion conference November 10-11, 2014 in San Francisco.

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 A Critical Examination of Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Medical Student Well-Being

Rettger, J.P.
Poster presentation at the sixth annual Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) Conference, “Intention, Method, and Evaluation,” October 10-12, 2014 at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

A Mindfulness-based Intervention for School-aged Youth: Acceptability and Effectiveness in Promoting
 Positive Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Changes in a Low Income Setting
Rettger, J. P., Chandler, J. M., Fu, M. A., Carrion, V. G.
Lecture presentation to the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry’s Grand Rounds

A Mindfulness-based Intervention for School-aged Youth: Acceptability and Effectiveness in Promoting
Positive Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Changes in a Low Income Setting
Rettger, J. P., Chandler, J. M., Fu, M. A., Carrion, V. G.
Lecture presentation to undergraduate students in the Stanford University Dept. of Religious Studies’ class:
“Yoga Ancient & Modern”.

Effects of comorbid Major Depressive Disorder on brain activation in pediatric PTSD and applications
to neuroimaging treatment studies
Garrett, A, Carrion, V., Agras, S., Rettger, J, Booil, J,& Reiss, A.

Symposium presented at the Society of Biological Psychiatry 68th Annual Meeting, New York, New York, Abstract #1032

A multiple case study exploration of women coping with primary breast cancer participating in a psycho-spiritual integrative therapy group
Rettger, J. P., Wall, K., Koopman, C., & Lukoff, D.
Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, March 13th – 16th, 2014  at Sofia University in  Palo Alto, CA

A Mindfulness-based Intervention for School-aged Youth: Acceptability and Effectiveness in Promoting Positive Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Changes in a Low Income Setting
Rettger, J. P., Chandler, J. M., Fu, M. A., Carrion, V. G.
Symposium presentation at the 3rd Annual Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Avoidance/Numbing Mediates the Relationship Between Time Since Trauma and Intellectual Functioning in Youth with Traumatic Stress
Bott,N., Kletter,H., Rettger, J., Carrion, V.
Poster presented to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry                                                                2013

Mindfulness-Based Training for School Teacher and Staff Self-Care
Rettger, J. P., Chandler, J. M., Hasan, T., Carrion, V. G.
Poster presented to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry                                                                2013

Previous Projects:

Cue Centered Psychotherapy for Youth – John provided psychotherapy to children in the East Palo Alto Community. The youth participating in the research program are survivors of some kind of extremely stressful life event or experience such as physical or sexual abuse, interpersonal or community violence, witnessing gang related activity such as murder, drug violence, and other criminal acts. The purpose of treatment is to help the youth integrate their experiences and reduce post-traumatic symptoms and restore a feeling of connection to self and community.

 

A multiple case study exploration of women coping with primary breast cancer participating in a psycho-spiritual integrative therapy group

by Rettger, John P., Ph.D., INSTITUTE OF TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2011, 189 pages; 3450900

ABSTRACT:
Psycho-Spiritual Integrative Therapy (PSIT) is a holistic, complementary, and alternative medicine (CAM) psychospiritual intervention aimed at improving quality of life (QL) using meditation, imagery, creative expression, and introspection. The goal of PSIT is to psychospiritually develop the participant’s mind, body, thoughts, will, and spirit. This qualitative study was conducted to examine if and how individual participant factors and PSIT intervention factors impacted the spiritual well-being (SWB) and QL of 4 PSIT participants. The relationship between SWB and QL was explored. A multiple case study was used for secondary data analysis of archival data collected during an 8-week PSIT workshop as part of a larger feasibility study of Kathleen Wall, Ph.D., to improve the physical, psychological, and SWB of women aged 18 years or older coping with primary breast cancer. Two participants reporting the highest SWB change score and 2 participants reporting the lowest SWB change score on the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy Spiritual Well-Being Scale-Expanded Version (FACIT-Sp-Ex) were selected. Qualitative interviews and 3 participant descriptions of creative expression workbooks were analyzed using a cross-case analysis to explore SWB and QL changes. Results pertaining to participant factors included possession of metacognitive psychological skills and qualities, and spiritual and religious frameworks possibly contributing to SWB and QL changes. Results pertaining to PSIT factors promoting changes in SWB and QL included utilization of PSIT core intervention components; cognitive restructuring, group dynamics, and the role of the facilitator. Results pertaining to the relationship between SWB and QL included the nature and extent of participant use of spiritual practices. Implications of the findings include the importance of spiritual and religious assessment, matching the intensity of treatment to the individual, accurate use of mindfulness by participants and the innovative application of case study method.

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