Dr. Karen Bluth is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Research Fellow at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion and co-developer of Embracing Your Life: An Online Course in Self-Compassion. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth. She co-created the curriculum Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, the teen adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for adults, and is author of the books “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are” (New Harbinger Publishers) and The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (to be released October 2020, New Harbinger Publishers) and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD: Build Executive Functioning Skills, Increase Motivation, and Improve Self-Confidence (to be released May 2021, New Harbinger Publishers). Additionally, Dr. Bluth is Associate Editor of the academic journal Mindfulness, and founder and director of The Frank Porter Graham Program on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Families at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
As a mindfulness practitioner for over 40 years, a mindfulness teacher, and an educator with 18 years of classroom teaching experience, Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks, conducts workshops, and teaches classes in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational and community settings. In addition, she trains teachers in Making Friends with Yourself internationally.