Mind-Body Health Research Interest Group

The Mind-Body Health Research Interest Group (MBH RIG) is an interdisciplinary research collective that was established in 2015 and became part of InCHIP in 2019. Its mission is to further education, research, clinical/practical application, and community outreach with a focus on the emerging potential connections between the Mind and Body. The MBH RIG Directors are Drs. Melissa Bray, Mary Guerrera, Ana Verissimo, and Sandra Bushmich, and its members include students, faculty, and staff from UConn Health Center; UConn Hartford; College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources; Neag School of Education; Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department; and Student Health and Wellness. Non-UConn partners include Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Copper Beech Institute, and Root Success Solutions™ LLC.

Leadership Team

Melissa A. Bray, PhD
School Psychology
Neag School of Education
Mary P. Guerrera, MD
Professor Emeritus
Family Medicine
UConn Health
Sandra Bushmich, DVM
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
Ana Maria Verissimo, MD 
Retired Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pain and Palliative Medicine
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Upcoming Events:

The YES Institute
Topic: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Health in Today’s Climate

Towards a Fairer Future

When: March 6, 2024 | 6:30 to 7:30 PM EST
University of Connecticut InCHIP
Virtual – WebEx


Join us in learning from the YES Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the health of LGBTQ+ youth. They will be using both relevant research and vital personal experiences to help professionals, researchers, and allies improve health outcomes for this vulnerable population.

Our Speakers
The YES Institute’s mission is toprevent suicide and ensure the healthydevelopment of all youth throughpowerful communication and education on gender and orientation.

Past Events:

“Hygge and Happiness,” Claus Elholm Andersen, Ph.D.

“Introduction to Ayurveda,”
Vanashree Belgamwar, BAMS

Watch the recordings on InCHIP’s YouTube channel here.

“Go Outside, Go Within:  Mindful Nature Connection for Surviving Zoom and Nature Deficit Disorder”

Watch the recording on InCHIP’s YouTube channel here.

“Connection: Exploring the Science of Mindfulness and Relationships”

Watch a recording on InCHIP’s YouTube channel here.