Jean Kristeller Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)

Jean Kristeller

 Degree: Clinical Psychology, Yale University

Research Interests/Specialties: Health Psychology; Spirituality; Binge Eating Disorder; Meditation and Self-Regulation

Joined ISU: August, 1991

Retired from ISU:  May, 2011:  While no longer teaching, Dr. Kristeller remains active in research and is currently administering grants related to Mindfulness and Eating.

Contact Information:

Psychology Department

Root Hall, B-216  

Phone:  812-237-2467 




Dr. Kristeller's Vita

Jean Kristeller is Professor Emeritus at Indiana State University.  She received her doctorate in clinical and health psychology from Yale University in 1983, her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1978 in clinical psychology and human psychophysiology, and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Swarthmore College in 1974. Previous appointments have been at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School in behavioral medicine and Cambridge Hospital, Harvard University Medical School, in psychiatry and behavioral medicine.

Dr. Kristeller is interested in the effects of psychological variables on physical health and illness, which has informed much of her research. It has included work with compulsive eating and obesity, smoking, the role of the physician in facilitating health behavior change, spirituality and health, anxiety disorders and the use of meditation as a way to promote self-regulatory processes. Her interest in the mind-body interface and integrative medicine arose initially from two years of studying and working in Japan, where traditional models are less inclined to separate the psychological from the physical processes than were Western models.

She has conducted research on the psychology of meditation for over 25 years, including investigations on the effects of meditation on heart rate control, general well-being, spirituality, psoriasis and anxiety disorders (see Marlatt & Kristeller, 1999; Kristeller, 2007). Her previous and currently funded NIH research is investigating the value of Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) on compulsive overeating and obesity (see Kristeller & Hallett, 1999; Kristeller, 2005; Kristeller, Quillian & Baer, 2006). She is a founding member and President of The Center for Mindful Eating (, a virtual organization bringing resources about mindful eating to professionals in related fields.

Her other (but related) line of research is investigating the role of spirituality in adjustment to serious medical illness. A recently published randomized intervention study documented benefits of a very brief physician-delivered spirituality intervention offered to cancer patients on quality of life, emotional well-being, and satisfaction with care (Kristeller, Rhodes & Cripe, 2005; click on paper below for more information). Current work is investigating how religious and spiritual resources, from the patient’s perspective, may help in adjusting to cancer.



      Kristeller, J.L.  (December 2015).  "The Joy of Half a Cookie".

Kristeller, J.L. and Epel, E. (2014).  Mindful eating and mindless eating.  In A. le, C.T. Ngnoumen, & E.J. Langer (Eds.).  The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness.  Vol.2, Ch. 47, pp. 913-931     (PDF version)

Kristeller, J.L. (April, 2014).  Eat, drink, be mindful.  Mindful. 2 (1). p. 66.  (PDF version)

Kristeller, J., Wolever, R.Q., Sheets, V. (2013).  Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) for Binge Eating:  A randomized clinical trial.  Mindfulness.  10.1007/s12671-012-0179-1.          (PDF version)

Miller, C., Kristeller, J.L., Headings, A., Nagaraja, H., Miser, W.F., (2012).  Comparative effectiveness of a mindful eating intervention to a diabetes self-management intervention among adults with Type 2 diabetes:  A pilot study.  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112, 1835 - 1842.  (PDF version)

Daubenmier, J., Kristeller, J., Hecht, F., Maninger, N., Kuwata, M., Jhaveri, K., Lustig, R.H., Kemeny, M., Karan, L., & Epel, E. (2011).  Mindfulness intervention for stress eating on cortisol and abdominal fat among overweight and obese women:  An exploratory randomized controlled study. Journal of Obesity. 13 pages.  doi:  10.1155/2011/651936. (PDF version)

Kristeller, J.L., and Rapgay, L. (2013).  Buddhism:  A Blend of Religion, Spirituality, and Psychology.  In Kenneth Pargament, Julie Exline, and James Jones (Eds.).  APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality (Vol 1):  Context, theory, and research.  Washington, D.C.:  American Psychological Association.  Vol 1. pp. 635-652.  (PDF version) -

Kristeller, J.L., and Wolever, R.Q. (2011).  Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training for treating binge eating disorder:  The conceptual foundation.  Eating Disorders, 19, 49-61. (PDF version)

Kristeller, J.L. (2007). Mindfulness meditation. In P. Lehrer, R.L. Woolfolk, & W.E. Simes. Principles and Practice of Stress Management. New York: Guilford Press. (PDF version)

Kristeller, J.L., Baer, R.A., & Quillian, R. W. (2006). Mindfulness-Based approaches to eating disorders. In Baer, R. A. (Ed.). Mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions: Conceptualization, application, and empirical support. San Diego, CA: Elsevier. Pp. 75-91. (PDF version)

Kristeller, J., Rhodes, M., Cripe, L. (2005). Oncologist Assisted Spiritual Intervention Study (OASIS): Patient acceptability and initial evidence of effects. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. (PDF version)

Kristeller, J., Johnson, T. (2005). Cultivating loving kindness: A two-stage model of the effects of meditation on empathy, compassion, and altruism. Zygon, 40, 391-407.  (PDF version)

Kristeller, J.L. (2005). Know your hunger. Spirituality & Health. The Soul/Body Connection. Vol. 8 (2). 28-35. (PDF version)

Kristeller, J.L., Hallett, B. (1999). Effects of a Meditation-Based Intervention in the Treatment of Binge Eating. Journal of Health Psychology. 4(3), 357-363. (PDF version)

Marlatt, G.A., Kristeller, J.L.. (1999). Mindfulness and meditation. In W. R. Miller (Ed.). Integrating Spirituality in Treatment. American Psychological Association Books. pp. 67-84.  (PDF version)