Assistant Research Professor
Introduction & Projects
Patricia Broderick's areas of expertise include child development, the psychology of adolescence, developmental psychopathology, and adolescent development. She is the creator of the Learning2Breathe program, which is used in schools and communities throughout the country.
She is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school
psychologist (K-12), certified school counselor (K-12), and a graduate
of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) advanced practicum at
the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. She is part of a Penn State Prevention Research Center team
on a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored study on mindfulness in public
schools, and an advisory board member for CASEL on the intersection of
social and emotional learning and mindfulness. She is the co-author of
the developmental psychology textbook, The Life Span: Human Development
for Helping Professionals, Fourth Edition (Broderick & Blewitt,
2014, Pearson) and the author of Learning to BREATHE: A Mindfulness
Curriculum for Adolescents (2013, New Harbinger).
Schussler, D. L., Oh, Y., Mahfouz, J., Levitan, J., Frank, J. L., Broderick, P. A., Mitra, J. L., Berrena, E., Kohler, K., Greenberg, M. T. (2021). Stress and well-being: A systematic case-study of adolescents’ experiences in a mindfulness-based intervention. Journal of Child and Family Studies 30, 431-446. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01864-5
New avenues for promoting mindfulness in adolescence using mHealth
Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Broderick, P. C., Coatsworth, J. D., & Smyth, J. M. (2018). New avenues for promoting mindfulness in adolescence using mHealth. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-018-1256-4
Broderick, P. C., Frank, J. L., Berrena, E., Schussler, D. L., Kohler, K., Mitra, J., Khan, L., Levitan, J., Mahfouz, J., Shields, L., & Greenberg, M. T. (2018). Evaluating the quality of mindfulness instruction delivered in school settings: Development and validation of a teacher quality observational rating scale. Mindfulness. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-0944-x
December 10, 2020
Mindfulness practices shown to help teenagers deal with stress
Learning to BREATHE, which was developed by Broderick, is a school-based mindfulness-based program (MBP) developed for adolescents that has been implemented in a variety of contexts. The program comprises a six-theme module delivered in six, 12 or 18 lessons, with the module themes stemming from the BREATHE acronym: Body awareness, Reflections, Emotions, Attention, Take it as it is, Healthy Habits of mind, and Empowerment.Read more.