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Rachel Goldsmith Turow Ph.D.


Rachel Goldsmith Turow, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, research scientist, mindfulness teacher, and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her current work highlights self-criticism and self-compassion. Those tendencies substantially impact people's mental health and well-being, and they can be changed through practicing specific techniques. After two decades of research and clinical practice focused on psychological trauma and recovery, Turow now addresses how best to help everyone cultivate strategies to handle stress and to build resilience.

She has provided classes, workshops, seminars, and conference presentations for diverse audiences that include mental health professionals, cancer researchers, high school teachers, medical students, veterans’ advocates, and mindfulness scholars. She has also trained military medical personnel to manage others’ trauma responses during deployment.

Turow is currently involved in developing programs to enhance coping skills, resilience, and self-compassion among university students. She has written dozens of scientific articles and book chapters, along with the books The Self-Talk Workout: Six Science-Backed Strategies to Dissolve Self-Criticism and Transform the Voice in Your Head (2022; Shambhala) and Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD: Practices for Recovery and Resilience (2017; Norton Professional Books).

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