Media Pitch Writing – UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center

To: Patricia Fitzgerald, DAOM, L.Ac., CCN, Huffington Post Wellness Editor …

To: Patricia Fitzgerald, DAOM, L.Ac., CCN, Huffington Post Wellness Editor

Subject: Benefits of Mindful Behavior on Equality Article


Hello, Patricia:

Thank you for speaking with me on Tuesday. I appreciate the time you took to discuss Susan Smalley’s potential contribution to the Wellness section of the Huffington Post.  I see the Huffington Post is including more articles focused on the benefits of meditation and mindful behavior. If you would like to feature an article on how mindful behavior can be beneficial to equality, Susan Smalley, Ph.D. from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) can contribute to the topic.

As the Founder and Founding Director of UCLA’s MARC and a behavior geneticist, Susan’s scientific career includes the genetics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as the impact of meditation and mindful behavior on mental and emotional health. Along with Diane Watson, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s MARC, Susan has co-authored Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness (2010). She also serves on the board of Equality Now, an organization dedicated to the equal rights of women and girls globally. She has written on the topic for Psychology Today. The article can be found here:

As UCLA’s MARC is approaching its tenth anniversary and there is an increase in the attention that both mindfulness and equality are receiving, Susan will be able to provide an expert perspective on both topics. Included is a graphic illustrating the benefits of mindful training as adapted from Jeena Cho’s Forbes article “6 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation” (2016).

If you are interested in having Susan contribute to the discussion, please let me know and I will coordinate the article and submission to the Huffington Post. Thank you again.


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Cho, J. (2016, July 14). 6 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation. Forbes. Retrieved from

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. (2016). Faculty and Staff. Retrieved from


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