Jared Kass, Director

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 Jolla, CA)
  • 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, Newton, MA)
  • Fellow, Contemplative Practice Fellowship Program (American Council of Learned Societies and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society)
  • 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:

Kass, J (2014) Person-centered spiritual maturation: A multidimensional model. Journal of Humanistic Psychology (Accepted for publication).

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.


Aldinger, 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)


Kass, J. & 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) 24:20-33.


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.