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MMM Research Group - Meaning, Mindfulness, & Marginalization


The MMM Research Group is currently undertaking two studies:

  1. Mixed Methods study on mindfulness as a mediator between internalization of marginalization and meaning in life. In addition to an empirical study using the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (Baer et al., 2006), the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (Steger et al., 2006), and the Devaluation/Discrimination Scale (Link et al., 1989), the MMM Research Group will employ Narrative Inquiry to investigate more deeply the lived experiences of mindfulness practitioners who are marginalized in society (People of Color and LGBTQ people) as they relate to connecting with meaning in life.
  2. A theoretical exploration of the embodiment of the meanings of marginalization as they are encountered in a clinical context. The MMM Research Group will draw from mixed disciplines (somatics, sociology, attachment theory, psychology, etc.) in order to formulate a working theory of how to help counselors understand the embodied meanings of their clients’ marginalization. Additionally, the theory will include how counselors can help these clients understand their own embodied meanings of marginalization. This study will utilize literature review and self-reflexivity of the researchers.
Dr. Zvi Bellin

Dr. Zvi Bellin is the principal investigator of the MMM Research Group. Dr. Bellin is the director of the Holistic Research Center and an assistant professor of holistic counseling psychology. He is a licensed professional clinical counselor specializing in meaning-centered psychotherapy, infused with narrative and mindfulness therapies. His recent publications include articles about post-conventional faith, social marginalization, and the relationship between mindfulness practice and meaning in life. Dr. Bellin is a committed practitioner of mindfulness and leads therapeutically oriented mindfulness retreats. Additionally, he was a lead researcher on a grant-funded program to improve LGBTQI2-S competency for Alameda County behavioral health providers.

To get involved with the MMM Research Group, please contact Dr. Zvi Bellin @


Baer, R. A., Smith, G. T., Hopkins, J., Krietemeyer, J., & Toney, L. (2006). Using self-report assessment methods to explore facets of mindfulness. Assessment, 13, 27- 45.

Link, B.G., Cullen, F.T., Struening, E., Shrout, P.E., & Dohrenwend, B.P. (1989). A modified labeling theory approach to mental disorders: An empirical assessment. American Sociological Review, 54, 400-423.

Steger, M. F., Frazier, P., Oishi, S., & Kaler, M. (2006). The Meaning in Life Questionnaire: Assessing the presence of and search for meaning in life. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 80-93.