Elana Rosenbaum

Elana Rosenbaum, Certified MBSR Teacher

Elana Rosenbaum, MSW, MS, BA

Certified MBSR Teacher

Education and Training

MSW in Clinical Social Work, University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work
MS in Education, Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School
BA, City College of New York

Focus and Interests

  • Mind/Body medicine and the application of mindfulness to cancer and chronic illness
  • Training for healthcare organizations and professionals
  • Mindfulness in social work


Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, is a leader in the clinical application of mindfulness meditation to cancer care. Elana has expertise and experience as a psychotherapist and her use of mindfulness in LICSW psychotherapy; particularly her specialty in working with cancer patients. She has authored Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness (Satya House, 2007), Being Well (even when you're sick) (Shambala, 2012), the basis of many workshops,The Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: a MBSR Guide for Clinicians and Clients, and created audio-CDs with guided meditations. In 1995 she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and subsequently underwent stem-cell transplantation. Her ability to thrive and embody mindfulness in the face of adversity led to the development of a mindfulness-based intervention for bone marrow transplant patients at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Emery University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Elana worked directly with Jon Kabat-Zinn as one of the founding teachers at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and continues to teach as a certified MBSR senior teacher and member of the staff. She's been teaching and educating patients and healthcare professionals in mindfulness, including leading cancer centers, for over 25 years.