Chanmo Park is currently a PhD candidate in the psychology department at Harvard University. He also serves as the CEO at the InMind Counseling Center (www.inmindcenter.com) and the Langer Mindfulness Institute in Korea (www.lmikorea.kr). He received a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a B.S. in psychology from Illinois State University, graduating summa cum laude. Before he came to Harvard, Chanmo worked toward a PhD in social psychology at Brown University. As a teaching fellow at Brown, he taught a doctoral level multivariate statistics course to fellow PhD students. He has been an influential spiritual leader in the Cambridge and Boston area, providing spiritual care and counseling to numerous graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, most attending nearby schools such as Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, and Boston College.
His unique life experiences and academic training jointly spawned his interest in studying the body–mind relationship. Chanmo takes a multidisciplinary approach embracing psychological, theological, and real-life perspectives to study mindfulness. In diverse academic and real-life contexts—medical, spiritual, educational —he observes how mindsets are strongly linked to physical health and overall well-being.
Currently, Chanmo has been working with Dr. Langer on several research projects based on mindfulness effects on fatigue, stress, burnout, ADHD, ALS, hypertension, and diabetes. For example, they recently challenged a common notion that type II diabetics must manage their blood glucose levels only by conventional diet, exercise, and medications. Instead, assuming that bodies cannot be separated from minds, they hypothesized that blood glucose levels would follow perceived time rather than actual time. Their results suggest that, indeed, type II diabetics appeared to be able to control their glucose levels by changing their mindsets (Click HERE for more details).
Chanmo has been working to expand The Langer Mindfulness Institute into ASIA.