Judson Brewer


Psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer shares groundbreaking research on the mechanism of mindfulness practices that effectively help quell cravings of all kinds.


Psychiatrist Judson Brewer is a thought leader in the “science of self mastery,” having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness with his scientific research therein. An internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Judson has developed novel treatments to help individuals with substance abuse and eating disorders. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and is currently translating these findings into clinical use. In 2012, Judson founded Claritas MindSciences to combine mindfulness and neurofeedback techniques for a variety of conditions; the latest apps are Craving to Quit and Eat Right Now. Judson is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, where he is Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness.


60 Minutes
Cooper, A. CBS News. 2014.

You’re Already Awesome. Just Get Out Of Your Own Way!
Brewer, J. TEDxRockCreekPark. 2013.

How Addiction Can Affect Brain Connections
Becker, D. NPR. 2014.

Eat, smoke, meditate: Why your brain cares how you cope
Walton, A. Forbes. 2011.
Judson Brewer's contributions to the Huffington Post


Mindfulness: An Emerging Treatment for Smoking and Other Addictions?
Brewer J, Pbert L. J. Fam. Med. 2015; 2(4)1035.

Craving to Quit: psychological models and neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness training as treatment for addictions.
Brewer K, Elwafi H, Davis J. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2013; 27(2):366-79.

Meditation experience is associated with differences in default mode network activity and connectivity.
Brewer J, Worhunsky P, Gray J, Tang YY, Weber J, Kober H. PNAS 108. 2011; (50):20254-9.

Mindfulness Training for smoking cessation: results from a randomized controlled trial.
Brewer J, Mallik S, Babuscio T, Nich C, Johnson E, Deleone C, Minnix-Cotton C, Byrner S, Kober H, Weinstein A, Carroll KM, Rounsaville BJ. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2011; 119:72-8

What about the “Self” is Processed in the Posterior Cingulate Cortex?
Brewer J, Garrison K, Whitfield-Gabrieli S. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2013; 7: 647.

Why is it so hard to pay attention, or is it? Mindfulness, the factors of awakening and reward-based learning.
Brewer J, Davis J, Goldstein J. Mindfulness. 2013; 4:75-80.

Mindfulness training for smoking cessation: Moderation of the relationship between craving and cigarette use.
Elwafi H, Witkiewitz K, Mallik S, Thornhill T, Brewer J. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2013;130(1-3): 222-29.
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