Get to know Myriam
As a clinical psychologist and mind-body therapist I am passionate about investigating how mindfulness, self-compassion and spirituality can reduce stress and promote mental health and well-being. Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings, my colleagues and I introduced the concept of caring for bliss and developed the Caring for Bliss Scale (CBS). Caring for bliss is defined as the cultivation of inner joy or genuine happiness based on a peaceful state of mind and a compassionate heart. Through my research I aim to better understand the associations between contemplative practices and positive health outcomes as well as their practical implications to help people to become more resilient and live a healthier and happy life.
- M.S. Clinical Psychology, University of Fribourg
- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Basel
Publications and Other Scholarly Activities
Rudaz, M., Grzywacz, J. G., & Ledermann, T. (in press). The role of private religious practices, spiritual mindfulness, and years since loss on perceived growth in widowed adults. Journal of Religion and Health.
Rudaz, M., Ledermann, T., May, R. W., & Fincham, F. D. (2020). A brief scale to measure caring for bliss: Conceptualization, initial development, and validation. Mindfulness, 11, 615–626.
Rudaz, M., Ledermann, T., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2019). The influence of daily spiritual experiences and gender on subjective well-being over time in cancer survivors. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 41, 159-171.
Rudaz, M., Ledermann, T., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2018). Spiritual coping, perceived growth, and the moderating role of spiritual mindfulness in cancer survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 36, 609-623
Rudaz, M., Twohig, M. P., Ong, C. W. & Levin, M. E. (2017). Mindfulness and acceptance-based trainings for fostering self-care and reducing stress in mental health professionals: A systematic review. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6, 380-390.
Rudaz, M., Craske, M. G., Becker, E. S., Ledermann, T., & Margraf, J. (2010). Health anxiety and fear of fear in panic disorder and agoraphobia vs. social phobia: A prospective longitudinal study. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 404-411.
- Teaching Excellence Award, University of Bern (2019).
- Licensed Psychotherapist (Switzerland).
- Certified Mind-Body Therapist (Germany) and Yoga Trainer (U.S.).
- Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
- Fellowship for prospective researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation.
A Day in My Life
Life is a miracle
I share my life with Tom, which makes me very happy. We have lived and worked at different places in Switzerland and the U.S. I am grateful for these experiences and for being surrounded by warm-hearted people that I call my family. I love spending time in the nature, reading inspiring books, and practicing mindful yoga.
Words to Live By