Class Facilitators

Kimberly Carson

Kimberly Carson, M.P.H., C-I.A.Y.T., E-R.Y.T. is a health educator and yoga therapist at Oregon Health & Science University, specializing in the therapeutic use of mindfulness and yoga for seniors and people with medical challenges. Kimberly has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for close to 20 years. She currently offers mindfulness classes to cardiac, oncology, chronic pain, and internal medicine patients. Kimberly has developed and taught yoga programs being researched at Duke University Medical Center and OHSU. The Mindful Yoga Program, developed by Kimberly and her husband Jim, has been shown in research trials to significantly reduce pain, fatigue and emotional distress in various patient groups. She co-directs national professional trainings for yoga teacher at OHSU and Duke Integrative Medicine. For more information, please visit her website: or email

Jeff Proulx

Dr. Jeffrey Proulx Ph.D.'s primary expertise is in developmental health psychology with a focus on the effects of stress on physical health as people age and whether stress is associated with health disparities in ethnic minority communities. Further, his research also explores how contemplative practices can reduce the effects of stress and how to develop culturally competent stress reduction programs for ethnic minority populations. Dr. Proulx is Native American and has received funding from the National Academies of Science Ford Foundation Fellowships, a National Institutes of Health Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health Related Science Award, and he has been a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education Research Trainee. Dr. Proulx is also a Mind and Life Summer Research Institute Fellow and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. He has been able to tie these experiences together explore contemplative practices across communities, but specifically for ethnic minority communities. He is currently funded by the Mind and Life Institute to study the effects of mindfulness meditation with Navajo and African American participants with a specific focus on exploring the cultural values that underlie contemplative practices in those communities. To contact Dr. Proulx, email