Cheryl Kurash

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Cheryl Kurash, PhD, a licensed psychologist and certified MBSR teacher, maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and mindfulness training in Stony Brook. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine and has served as Coordinator of Mindfulness Programs at the Counseling and Psychological Services, Stony Brook University; Assistant Director of Counseling for Training at SBU; and Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY/Empire State College.

For over 30 years, Cheryl’s commitment to bringing mindfulness training to the university community led her to develop a wide range of educational and clinical programs for students, staff and faculty. Her interest in the integration of psychotherapy, mindfulness and yoga guides her own clinical work as well as her educational offerings for health care professionals and teachers.

Cheryl completed MBSR Teaching Trainings and received certification with the Center for Mindfulness, Health Care and Society with UMass Medical School, under the auspices of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo-Meyer. Her study of contemplative practices includes Yoga, Tibetan Buddhist (Shambhala) meditation, Vipassana meditation, and East/West psychology.

In 2013 she deepened her study of Buddhism and completed a year-long course in the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and more recently certified as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher. A highlight of her training has been a journey to Gangotri and Gomuk, India, the source of the Ganges River, under the guidance of Swami Rama of the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science and Philosophy.

In the warmer months, Cheryl is an avid practitioner of open water mindful swimming.