Myriam Rudaz Ph.D.

Assistant Professor       Vita

Dr. Rudaz is accepting new graduate students for 2022-23.

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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.

I developed with Dr. Ledermann a Mindfulness- and Compassion-Based Stress and Resilience Training. We have started collecting data to evaluate this training, and we are offering prospective students the opportunity to work in this research project.


  • M.S. Clinical Psychology, University of Fribourg
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Basel

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Rudaz, M., Ledermann, T., & Fincham, F. D. (in press). Caring for bliss moderates the association between mindfulness, self-compassion, and well-being in college-attending emerging adults. The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Rudaz, M., Ledermann, T. & Grzywacz, J. G. (2020). The role of private religious practices, spiritual mindfulness, and years since loss on perceived growth in widowed adults. Journal of Religion and Health, 59, 2819-2832. doi:10.1007/s10943-020-00986-w

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., Twohig, M.P., & Levin, M.E. (2019). Does a brief mindfulness training enhance heartfulness in students? Results of a pilot study. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 4, doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1904059

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.

Research Projects