MindUP is a research-based programme grounded in neuroscience, mindful awareness, positive psychology and social emotional. The Goldie Hawn Foundation is committed to supporting research on MindUP to advance Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in our schools globally. Our scientific advisory board is in place to advise our board of trustees on our current and future research strategies.

The foundation’s intention is to promote a deeper understanding of approaches and strategies to help children develop greater self-awareness, improve their focus and engagement in learning, manage their emotions and build positive relationships with others. These are the necessary skills for improved academic success and enhanced wellbeing.

Research examining
the effectiveness
of the MindUP Programme

with Professor Kimberley Schonert-Reichl
University of British Columbia


‘Effectiveness of the MindUP Programme: Summary of Research Findings’
The University of British Columbia

Over the past decade, a rapidly growing literature has demonstrated that fostering student social and emotional development is not only a valued outcome in its own right but it can be instrumental in the acquisition of knowledge and the development of cognitive abilities – a foundation for academic success.

In this summary, you will find the main finding of the research conducted on MindUP over the past 10 years.

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‘A Mindfulness-Based Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum for School-Aged Children: The MindUP Program’
The University of British Columbia

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‘Results of a Mindfulness-Based Social-Emotional Learning Program on Portuguese Elementary Students and Teachers: a Quasi-Experimental Study’
The University of Lisbon

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‘Enhancing Cognitive and Social-Emotional Development Through a Simple-to-Administer Mindfulness-Based School Program for Elementary School Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial’
The University of British Columbia

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‘The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Education Program on Pre and Early Adolescents Well-Being and Social and Emotional Competence’
The University of British Columbia

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Please contact Dr Molly Lawlor, Director of Research and Curriculum.


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MindUP training is designed to enable whole-school implementation and long term impact.

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The MindUP curriculum is derived from psychological theory and informed by research.

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