Karen Bluth, Ph.D., is faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and a research fellow at the University of North Carolina Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, where she conducts research on self-compassion and its influences on the emotional well-being of teens.
Dr. Bluth is a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion; co-creator of curriculum for Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself) and Embracing Your Life, the adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for young adults; and one of the creators of Self-Compassion for Educators, a self-compassion program offered through Mindful Schools. Dr. Bluth is author of the books The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are; The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice; Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD: Build Executive Functioning Skills, Increase Motivation, and Improve Self-Confidence (New Harbinger Publishers, coauthored with Mark Bertin); and the Audible Original Self-Compassion for Girls: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Coaches.
As a mindfulness practitioner for over 40 years, a mindfulness teacher, and an educator with 18 years of classroom teaching experience, Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks, conducts workshops, and teaches classes in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational and community settings. In addition, she trains teachers in Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens internationally.