Evaluation of the Aware Program

The Aware Program was rigorously evaluated with adolescents with FASD and their caregivers.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

What were the results?

Adolescents with FASD:

  • Improved executive functioning (e.g., thinking flexibility, self-control, memory)

  • Improved emotion regulation

  • Found the program to be:

    • Engaging
    • Informative
    • Enjoyable
  • Planned to use mindfulness skills in the future


  • Liked the program

  • Would recommend it to others

  • Found the resources easy to use and helpful

Evaluation of the Aware program for high school students

A small pilot study was conducted in six high school classrooms.

What were the results?

  • High school students who participated in the Aware Program, compared to those that did not, experienced reductions in their aggressive behavior as reported by teachers.

  • Students, on average, reported that after participating in Aware, they were able to better pay attention and stop and think before acting.

  • Teachers, on average, reported that they enjoyed teaching the program and that it was easy to prepare and teach.

Research on Mindfulness by iRT Scientists

Parker, A. E. & Kupersmidt, J. B. (2016). Two universal mindfulness

education programs for elementary and middle school students: Master Mind and Moment. In K. Schonert-Reichl & R. Roeser(Eds). The Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: EmergingTheory, Research, and Programs (Vol. 1). (pp. 335-354). NewYork: Springer Press.

Parker, A., E., Kupersmidt, J. B., Mathis, E. T., Scull, T. M., & Sims, C.

(2014). The impact of mindfulness education on elementary school students: Evaluation of the Master Mind Program.Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, advance online publication, 10.1080/1754730X.2014.916497

Parker, A., E. (2014). [Review of the book Psychology of

Meditation, by N. N. Singh]. Journal of Child and Family Studies, Advance online publication, doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-9973-9

For additional information on research on mindfulness see the
American Mindfulness Research Association.