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APRIL 18-20, 2017
Toronto Marriott Downtown
Eaton Centre Hotel


Thursday, April 20, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Grand Ballroom

Every day, we do things without paying attention to them. As our actions become habits, they become more and more automatic. Judson Brewer, a leading neuroscientist and mindfulness pioneer, asks: Can we break our habits by bringing more attention to the thoughts and sensations associated with them? Judson looks at how habits are formed, and how mindfulness techniques can help us become aware of our cravings in order to become less ruled by them.

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Judson Brewer, MD, Ph.D.

Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School

Judson Brewer is Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He also is adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Judson has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness and is currently translating these findings into clinical use. 

He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, presented to the US President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, and trained US Olympic coaches. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).


Jennifer Gregg, M.A., C.C.C.

BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program

Jennifer Gregg is a current member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychological Association. She has been involved with the British Columbia Responsible and Problem Gambling program since 2000. Ms. Gregg currently works as a therapist within the program and is focused on utilizing Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT) and Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) with individuals, couples, and families.