Biopsychosocial effects of Meditative Movement (Qigong/Tai Chi)

Biopsychosocial effects of Meditative Movement (Qigong/Tai Chi)

Event Date: May 15, 2018
Presenter: Linda K. Larkey, Ph.D., CRTT

Abstract

Linda K. Larkey, Ph.D., CRTT, professor in Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and adjunct faculty with Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, will review the broader evidence (from her own work and others’) on Meditative Movement (MM) effects on cancer survivorship, supporting the goals of her research underway in breast cancer survivors. Extended models proposing various biomolecular and neurophysiological markers as mechanisms of effects on physical and emotional symptoms, cognitive function and body composition outcomes will be discussed.

Biography

Linda K. Larkey, Ph.D., CRTT
Professor, Arizona State University
College of Nursing and Health Innovation Adjunct Faculty, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Larkey has a notable funded research record in multiple intervention approaches to promote cancer screenings in multiple clinic and community settings. Her more recently NIH-funded projects explore the biopsychosocial effects of Tai Chi Easy/Qigong on breast cancer survivor’s fatigue, cognitive function and other symptoms. Biomarker assessments include cortisol, inflammatory cytokines complemented with self-report and objective performance and cognitive function measures. Dr. Larkey’s more recent and current work nicely models OBSSR-desired grantspersonship and researcher behavior.

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