2019 SYR Special Interest Groups
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There will be an opportunity for you to connect with a Special Interest Group on Tuesday afternoon during SYR.

Continuing for the fourth year, SYR offers Special Interest Groups to provide support for attendees. This year two groups will further the discussions and update participants on the work that has taken place since the last year. Click on the group title to see details.

Yoga Research Reporting Guidelines Working Group

To establish transparent yoga research reporting guidelines through consensus of international experts.

This meeting will serve to update the yoga therapy research community regarding progress toward development of a guidance document for yoga intervention reporting guidelines, which began at the 2016 SYR conference and will improve transparency and accuracy of the yoga research literature. A steering committee has taken initial input from 2016 and developed a Delphi survey for achieving consensus. The resulting document will operate as an extension to existing reporting guidelines for prospective trials, observational research, and case reports. It will then support the development of an effectiveness guidance document (EGD) for comparative effectiveness research. In this meeting, we will review the history and methodology of the project, share preliminary findings, provide a status update, predict a timeline to completion, and outline next steps toward enhancing utilization by the research community.

Steffany Moonaz, PhD, RYT-500 is a yoga therapist and researcher in Baltimore, MD. After several years in academic medical research, she now serves as the Associate Academic Director of Integrative Health Sciences at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), and is on the faculty of their Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy. Dr. Moonaz is passionate about the integration, collaboration, and communication between yoga therapists and medical providers. She leads continuing education programs for yoga teachers/therapists in the application and adaptation of yoga for arthritis and rheumatic conditions and consultants to NIH Nursing on yoga research programs for arthritis.

Holger Cramer, PhD is Research Director at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He also holds a fellowship from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and is current Secretary and member of the Board of Directors at the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research. His research focus is the utilization, efficacy and safety of non-pharmacological interventions; including clinical trials and meta-analyses on yoga for individuals with cancer, chronic pain, mental health issues, gastrointestinal, cardiological and pulmonary diseases. The implementation of integrative medicine and mind-body interventions in pediatrics and in schools is a further focus. Dr. Cramer has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and is Section Editor for clinical research at BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He is a clinical psychologist, medical scientist and state licensed naturopath, and completed training in mind-body medicine.



Navigating NIH Research Funding

The NIH funding process can be confusing – how do I find funding opportunities? Which Institute or Center at the NIH should I apply to? Does my science fit what they’re looking for? How will my application get reviewed? These are just a few of the questions that potential applicants might have. In this interactive session, Dr. Lanay Mudd will describe the “lifecycle of a grant application” from concept development to review and funding at the NIH. She will specifically discuss funding opportunities for training and career development, as well as yoga research priorities at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Previously funded NCCIH grantees will also be available to discuss the application and review process. There will be ample time for discussion to address attendee questions.




Lanay Mudd, Ph.D., is the Training Officer for the National Center for Complementary Health (NCCIH), and is also a Program Director in the NCCIH Clinical Research Branch. Her grant portfolio centers on clinical studies of movement meditation, including yoga, tai chi, and qi gong, for a variety of conditions and populations. As the Training Officer, Dr. Mudd also oversees the training and career development programs at NCCIH and develops and maintains resources for students, postdoctoral trainees, and early-mid career faculty pursuing research careers. Dr. Mudd earned a dual-major doctoral degree in kinesiology and epidemiology, and completed postdoctoral training in perinatal epidemiology at Michigan State University. Prior to joining NCCIH, she was an assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, where her research investigated the health benefits of physical activity during pregnancy and the development of interventions to improve health behaviors among pregnant women.


  Dr. Crystal L. Park is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Her research focuses on multiple aspects of coping and adjustment to stressful events, including traumatic events and life-threatening illnesses. For the past 10 years, she has been conducting and publishing research on yoga, including clinical trial results, reviews, and methodological considerations, and, with her colleagues, Dr. Park helped develop a tool to quantify the essential properties of yoga (the EPYQ). She is currently supported by NIH to conduct studies of resilience in cancer survivorship, yoga for back and neck pain, and self-regulation and academic success in college students.  At UConn, she maintains an active research lab of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaches health psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.




Dr. Lisa Uebelacker is Associate Professor (Research) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and Family Medicine, at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She conducts research on innovative ways to manage depression and chronic pain, including hatha yoga, physical activity, self-help videos, and the integration of behavioral healthcare into primary care settings. She receives research funding from several NIH institutes, including NIMH, NCCIH, NHLBI, and NINR. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works at two Brown-affiliated hospitals, Butler Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.


  Dr. Stephanie Jean Sohl is an Assistant Professor at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the mind-body relationship and cancer survivorship. Specifically, she aims to strengthen the evidence base for scalable mind-body approaches (e.g., yoga, integrative health coaching) that aim to empower patients with strategies for achieving optimal health. Her work is innovative because she adapts mind-body approaches that may be efficacious so they can be integrated into and enhance conventional care. For example, her current Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) supports an investigation of a brief yoga intervention targeted to reduce fatigue that is taught in the clinical setting during chemotherapy for colorectal cancer. Dr. Sohl earned her doctorate in Social and Health Psychology from Stony Brook University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Cancer Prevention and Control at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Wake Forest School of Medicine with a focus on Cancer Survivorship and Integrative Oncology. She has also completed a Kripalu-affiliated 200-hour yoga teacher training, Integral Yoga Adapting Yoga for People with Cancer Teacher Training, and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist training program.