Dr. Siobhán Gibbons, who grew up in Keadue, County Roscommon, is a licensed psychologist in the state of New Jersey. She has a B.A. in social work and an M.A. in sociology from Trinity College, Dublin. After immigrating to the U.S., she earned an Ed. D. in counseling psychology from Rutgers University, where she is a staff psychologist. She has a special interest in working with students with ADHD and those on the autism spectrum. As an immigrant herself, she has also focused on issues of immigration, diversity, equity, and inclusion with students, especially Muslims. She is certified to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also a Certified Curvy Yoga teacher, and has completed the 40-hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center in Brookline, M.A.
Dr. Gibbons teaches MBSR – an eight week psycho-educational evidence based treatment for coping with stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and chronic medical conditions. She also offers weekly drop in mindfulness meditation workshops for the Rutgers community. This mindfulness practice enables people to develop a caring, compassionate, nonreactive awareness of themselves and the world around them. Dr. Gibbons says that her interest in meditation began when she was growing up in the west of Ireland, where every town had a meditation center – the local church whose doors were always open. ♦