Judson Brewer, MD, Psychiatry, Providence, RI, UMass Memorial Medical Center


Psychiatry Providence, RI

Addiction, Integrative Psychiatry

Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University

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  • Jud Brewer MD PhD is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University, received his MD PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine, where he spent 5 years on faculty as an assistant professor and medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic at Yale. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. He has trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 10+ Million views), Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, among others. Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers (see www.drjud.com for more information). 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). Follow him on twitter @judbrewer.
  • Dr. Jud | Learn How to Change Bad Habits & Overcome Addiction

    Resource website that includes my TED talk, blog posts, free CME course, my lab's published research on habit change and mindfulness, and habit change apps.

Education & Training

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
    Yale-New Haven HospitalResidency, Psychiatry, 2004 - 2008
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
    Washington University School of Medicine in St. LouisClass of 2004

Certifications & Licensure

  • RI State Medical License
    RI State Medical License 2018 - 2022
  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 2014 - 2020
  • CT State Medical License
    CT State Medical License 2006 - 2013
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

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Publications & Presentations


Authored Content

  • Quitting smoking is hard. Mindfulness hacks the habit loop, offering a new approachJune 2019

Press Mentions

  • 4 Ways to Stop Being a Procrastinator
    4 Ways to Stop Being a ProcrastinatorNovember 17, 2020 12:59
  • Election Got You Stressed? You're Not Alone — Here's 5 Ways to Deal with It
    Election Got You Stressed? You're Not Alone — Here's 5 Ways to Deal with ItNovember 07, 2020 15:37
  • The Science of Deep Sleep
    The Science of Deep SleepOctober 21, 2020 11:02
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