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Dr. Karen Bluth received her PhD in Child and Family Studies in 2012 from The University of Tennessee, and holds a faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine and is a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth. She was awarded a Francisco J. Varela grant from the Mind and Life Foundation in 2012, which allowed her to explore the effects of a mindfulness intervention on adolescents’ well-being through examining stress biomarkers, as well as the relationship of self-compassion on the physiologic stress response. Further, she is co-creator of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, and will be exploring the impact of this intervention with teens who have depressive symptoms through a recently received grant from NCCIH/NIH. Through support from a grant from the John Rex Endowment, Dr. Bluth collaborated with a local community organization in to train community leaders to teach mindfulness to adolescents, and mindfulness and self-compassion to their adult caregivers. As a mindfulness practitioner for almost 40 years, a mindfulness teacher, and a lifelong educator with 18 years of classroom experience, Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks, conducts workshops, and teaches classes in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational settings and in the community. Dr. Bluth is an Associate Editor of the academic journal Mindfulness, the author of “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are” and a contributing author of “Project You: More than 50 Ways to Calm Down, De-Stress, and Feel Great” .