Mazyar Karandish, Psy.D., is a 2019 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Santa Barbara

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Brett Kia-Keating , EdD, Chairperson

Chris Howard, PsyD, Committee Member

Hessam Motamedian, PsyD, Committee Member


mindfulness, relationships, meditation, emotion regulation, communication, repeated measures design, conflict resolution

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Mindfulness practice, a present-centered approach to experience, has been shown to effectively enhance various dimensions of the human experience. Recent literature has explored how the practice of mindfulness meditation has provided benefits to practitioners seeking to enhance relationship dynamics. There are multiple examples of mindfulness-based relationship enhancement programs aiming to enhance the quality of intimate relationships in adults. This study utilizes a repeated-measures design to address whether a neutral mindfulness-based program, not geared at enhancing relationships, can significantly alter the quality of intimate relationships. The research will further examine the central mechanisms of action through which mindfulness can enhance relationships. Emotional regulation and conflict resolution, two critical constructs that are central to developing and maintaining intimate relationships, are thoroughly explored within the context of mindfulness practice. This Dissertation is available in Open Access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, and OhioLink ETD Center,


ORCID: 0000-0002-2596-432X