Dr. Jared Kass is a respected expert in social and emotional learning for young adults. His research has shown that developmental education for psychological and spiritual growth can promote emotional resilience, thoughtful decision making, and
constructive responses to conflict. He has been conducting this
research since 1975.
Dr. Kass is a Professor in the Graduate School of Arts and Social
Sciences, Division of Counseling and Psychology, at Lesley University
(Cambridge, MA) where he trains mental health professionals and
teachers. He has served on the faculty since 1976.
His other professional roles have included:
- Staff Associate and Group Facilitator with Dr. Carl Rogers,
Person-Centered Approach Project, Center for Studies of the Person (La
- Visiting Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Section on
Behavioral Medicine, New England Deaconess Hospital, under the
direction of Dr. Herbert Benson
- Visiting Fellow, Danielsen Institute, Boston University
- Center Associate, Higher Education Center for Alcohol and
Other Drug Abuse Prevention (Educational Development Corporation,
- Fellow, Contemplative Practice Fellowship Program (American
Council of Learned Societies and the Center for Contemplative Mind in
- Coordinator, Boston Clergy and Religious Leaders Group for Interfaith Dialogue
Dr. Kass' work has built bridges between psychology, preventive medicine, spirituality, and education. His work explains how contemplative practice and contemplative education can contribute to developmental learning for psychological and spiritual growth.
Dr. Kass is Director of the Institute for Contemplative Education
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he offers advanced training to
educators, health professionals, and religious leaders who wish to
incorporate contemplative education in their work. In addition, he
offers public programs for individuals who want to engage pro-actively
in their own psychological and spiritual development.
Selected publications by Dr. Jared Kass:
J (2014) Person-centered spiritual maturation: A multidimensional model. Journal of Humanistic Psychology (Accepted
Kass, J. & Trantham, S. (2014) Perspectives from clinical
neuroscience: Mindfulness and the therapeutic use of the arts. In, L. Rappaport (Ed.) Mindfulness and the creative arts therapies: Theory and practice. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.
C., Zhang, X.W., Liu, L.Q., Pan, X.D., Yu, S.H., Jones, J., Kass, J.
(2008) Changes in attitudes, knowledge and behavior associated with
implementing a comprehensive school health program in a province of
China. Health Education Research. doi: 10.1093/her/cyn022
Kass, J. (2007) God images
as indwelling spirit and core foundation of self. In, P. Hegy (Ed.) What do we imagine God to be? The function of “God images” in our lives. Lampeter, Wales, United Kingdom: Edwin Mellen Press.
Kass, J. (2007) Spiritual maturation: A developmental resource for resilience, well-being, and peace. Journal for Pluralism, Pedagogy, and Practice. (In publication)
& Lennox, S. (2005) Emerging models of spiritual development: A
foundation for mature, moral, and health-promoting behavior. In, W. R.
Miller & H.D. Delaney (Eds.) Judeo-Christian perspectives on psychology: Human nature, motivation and change. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Hoshmand, L., Kass, J. (2003) Conceptual and action frameworks for peace. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 25 (4): 205-213.
Kass, J., Kass, L., (2000). Manual for the Spirituality and Resilience Assessment Packet. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Contemplative Education.
Kass, J. (1998). The Inventory of Positive
Psychological Attitudes: Measuring attitudes that buffer stress and
facilitate primary prevention. In, C. Zalaquett & R. Wood (Ed.) Evaluating stress: A book of resources, Volume 2. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press/University Press of America.
Kass, J. (1996). Coping with life-threatening
illnesses using a logotherapeutic approach, Stage II: Clinical mental
health counseling. International Forum for Logotherapy, 19(2): 113-118.
Kass, J. (1996). Coping with life-threatening
illnesses using a logotherapeutic approach, Stage I: Health care team
interventions. International Forum for Logotherapy, 19(1): 15-19.
Kass, J. (1995). Contributions of religious
experience to psychological and physical well-being: Research evidence
and an explanatory model. In, L. VandeCreek (Ed.), Spiritual needs and pastoral services: Readings in research (pp.189-213). Decatur, GA: Journal of Pastoral Care Publications.
Kass, J., Friedman, R., Leserman, J., Caudill, M.,
Zuttermeister, P., Benson, H. (l991). An inventory of positive
psychological attitudes with potential relevance to health outcomes:
Validation and preliminary testing. Behavioral Medicine, Fall, 17(3):121-129.
Kass, J., Friedman, R., Leserman, J.,
Zuttermeister, P., Benson, H. (l991). Health outcomes and a new
measure of spiritual experience. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 30(2): 203-211.
Kass, J., (1985). The use of person-centered expressive
therapies in the health professions. Brennpunkt, Schweizerische Gesellschaft fur
Gesprachspsychotherapie und person-zentrierte Beratung, (Switzerland)
Rogers, C.R., Bowen, M., Justyn,
J., Kass, J., Miller, M., Rogers, N., Wood, J. (1978). Evolving aspects of person-centered
workshops. Self and Society (Great Britain), 6:2, 43-49.