J. Anna Looney, Ph.D.
J. Anna Looney, Ph.D. is a sociologist, community educator and hospice volunteer. Anna credits the CMBM model for transformative healing and increasing joy in her own life; from her first Professional Training Program in 2013, Anna became committed to sharing the Center’s empowering self-care tools. She received her CMBM certification as a group facilitator in 2015. While a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Anna developed programs to engage medical students with underserved populations. She also taught Humanism & Medicine to graduate students. In 2017, Anna relocated to Oregon, devoting her time to facilitating MBM skills groups and leading workshops for medical providers, corporate staff, caregivers and other local groups. In 2018, she registered with the state of Oregon as Insight Journeys, LLC, and became an approved contractor for Samaritan Health Services. In early 2020, Anna co-presented CMBM skills to the Portland-based Student Alliance for Integrative Medicine on burn-out and suicide prevention. Currently, Anna facilitates groups for hospice staff, caregivers, cancer survivors, teens and people with chronic pain. With extensive experience in communications and writing, Anna works to strengthen open-hearted, authentic connections among people using Mind Body Medicine skills.