Randye J. Semple, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC), where she teaches and provides clinical training and supervision to psychiatry residents and graduate students.  She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and is licensed to practice in New York and California (see "Curriculum Vitae"). 

Dr. Semple is co-author of the book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Anxious Children; Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Mindfulness; Consulting Editor for Spirituality in Clinical Practice; and past-President of the Mindfulness and Acceptance special interest group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive TherapiesShe has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Her research and clinical interests are in the application of mindfulness to psychological health and well-being.  One current research focus is the development and integration of mindfulness-based interventions for children in clinic and school settings.  Research projects include:

  • A clinical trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for perinatal women with mood disorders
  • Adaptation and evaluation of MBCT-C for adolescents with bipolar disorder and prodromal psychosis
  • Development and evaluation of a brief mindfulness-based intervention to reduce PTSD in patients hospitalized with severe burn injuries
  • A collaborative study with Five Acres School to bring MBCT-C to children with behavioral or emotional problems

Dr. Semple's work in the area of mindfulness with youth has been at the forefront of growing international interest in mindfulness-based therapies in mental health care for more than a decade.  The popular media has followed her work in radio and newspaper interviews (see "In the Media").  She presents on this topic at local, national, and international professional conferences (see "Presentations"); in numerous published scientific papers and book chapters (see "Publications"); and through workshops, consulting, invited lectures, and other training opportunities (see "Upcoming Events").