Douglas Kennedy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program,

Douglas Kennedy

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-6946

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St. S.E. D513 Mayo Memorial Building MMC505
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Assistant Professor, Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program

PhD, University of Minnesota, CIDE

Education, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Carleton College, Political Science

CQ Level 2 Certified Facilitator, IDI Qualified Administrator


Dr. Kennedy brings extensive K-12 and higher education teaching and intercultural competence research and facilitation experience to his work at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. Currently, Dr. Kennedy teaches courses on mindfulness to undergraduate and graduate students and conducts research on complementary and integrative health interventions as an NCMIC Research Fellow on the Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Team. As a member of the research team, Dr. Kennedy is involved in intervention design, qualitative data analysis, and increasing the participation of underrepresented populations in mindfulness research. From 2016-2020, Dr. Kennedy led the design, piloting, and evaluation of the Center’s school-based mindfulness program for teachers and speaks both regionally and internationally on the topic of mindfulness-based interventions in education. Dr. Kennedy is currently enrolled in the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program, is a certified Mindful Schools Instructor, and is both a Level 2 Certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Facilitator and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator. Outside of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kennedy enjoys snowboarding and travelling with his family.


Mindfulness in education

Intercultural competence

Teacher capabilities and classroom behaviors

Awards & Recognition

Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching (India, 2010)


Research Funding Grants

Mindful Movement for Physical Activity and Wellbeing in Older Adults: A Community Based Randomized Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study (4R33AT0009110, Evans) -- National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health

Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management to Prevent Back Pain Chronicity -- PACBACK (4UG3AT008769, Bronfort) -- National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary & Integrative Health



CSPH 320:1 Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

CSPH 5080: Mindfulness in Educational Settings