Cassandra Vieten, PhD

Cassandra Vieten, PhD

Executive Director

Cassandra Vieten is a licensed clinical psychologist and mind-body medicine researcher. She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UC San Diego, and the Director of the Center for Mindfulness at the Centers for Integrative Health. She is also Director of Research at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and Psychology Director at the Center for Psychedelic Research. Her research has focused on development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based interventions for substance dependence, obesity, mood disorders, improving psychological well-being, and increasing prosocial emotions and behaviors. READ MORE


Noriko Morita Harth

Managing Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Certified MBSR Teacher, Certified MSC Teacher

Noriko Morita Harth is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor, Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor and the Managing Director of UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Noriko has been teaching MBSR and MSC since 2014. She also offers mentorships for MBSR and MSC teachers, MBSR Teacher Training programs, and practicum at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. 


Hyun-Chung (Helen) Kim

Project Coordinator, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Qualified MBSR Teacher, Qualified MBCT Teacher

Helen Hyun-Chung Kim is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher. In her previous life she was a board certified psychiatrist in Korea for 15 years, working for underserved communities. During this time she witnessed suffering in the lives of her patients and felt a strong pull towards the field of mindfulness and self-compassion as a way to heal and alleviate suffering. With the guidance of the founding director, Dr. Steve Hickman, Helen was able to join the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. READ MORE


Philayne Pribnow

Administrative Coordinator

Philayne Pribnow, originally from Wisconsin, moved to California back in 1999. Her most recent job was at UC San Diego Rady School of Management where she was an Event Manager for 6 years. Philayne began working as the Administrative Coordinator for the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness in March of 2022. She looks forward to continuing to build on her mindfulness training and offering administrative support to the center. In her free time, Philayne enjoys golfing, pet sitting, and hanging out with family and friends.