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M. Kathleen B. Lustyk, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Primary Investigator of the Women's Health Lab at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Dr. Lustyk also holds affiliate faculty positions in the School of Nursing and Department of Psychology at the University of Washington (UW). Work in the Women's Health Lab seeks to explicate the psychophysiological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying the effects of mindfulness in women. We are currently investigating the effects of a daily mindfulness exercise on premenstrual symptoms and neuroendocrine, and psychophysiological markers of stress. Dr. Lustyk was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigate brain activation patterns in response to craving and other appetitive cues in substance use disorders treated with Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP). Additionally, Dr. Lustyk is collaborating with the Addictive Behaviors Research Center to investigate cardiac vagal control in individuals with substance use disorders following MBRP.
Along with her interests in mindfulness and more generally Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Lustyk served as a drug consultant informing the development of new treatments for premenstrual symptomatology while considering quality of life issues in women. Dr. Lustyk has serves as a Mindfulness Speaker for the FACES conferences led by Dr. Richard Fields.