Randye J. Semple, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) where she teaches and provides clinical training and supervision to USC psychiatry residents and graduate students.  Dr. Semple also serves as Director of Psychological and Behavioral Health Services at the Los Angeles General Medical Center.

She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and is licensed to practice in New York and California (see Curriculum Vitae).  

Dr. Semple is co-author of the books Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Anxious Children and The Mindfulness Matters Program for Children and Adolescents: Strategies, Activities, and Techniques for Therapists and Teachers.

Dr. Semple's work in the area of mindfulness with youth has been at the forefront of increasing international interest in mindfulness-based therapies in mental health care for two decades.  The media has followed her work in radio and newspaper interviews.  She presents on this topic at local, national, and international professional conferences; in scientific papers and book chapters; and through workshops, invited lectures, and other training opportunities.

Dr. Semple's research and clinical interests are in the application of mindfulness to psychological health and well-being.  One current research focus is the development and integration of mindfulness-based interventions for children in clinic and school settings.  Research projects have included:


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