Essential Mindfulness Training

Who We Are

Rob Riddell, Psy.D. (Instructor)

Dr. Riddell is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He recently completed his final two years of training at the San Mateo Medical Center, where he provided therapy to outpatients as well as medically and psychiatrically hospitalized inpatients. He also performed neuropsychological evaluations and taught mindfulness in an outpatient group setting. Rob’s dissertation research at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine focused on mindfulness training and cardiovascular reactivity.

Rob began his Vipassana meditation practice in 2000, and has sat retreats with many teachers from that lineage. From 2001-2005, he provided end-of-life presence and counseling as part of the Zen Hospice Project at the Laguna Honda Hospice. His yoga practice also began in 2000; his primary teacher has been friend and colleague Catherine Shaddix. Rob offers seminars on mindfulness to mental health provider training programs, and also teaches meditation to inmates at the San Francisco County jail.

Catherine Shaddix, Psy.D. (Co-designer, no longer instructing)

Catherine Shaddix, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 29695) working with teens and adults at Clearwater Clinic in Oakland, CA, as a member of a comprehensive DBT team. She is a graduate of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Infant, Child, and Adolescent Division of Psychiatry at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital.

In her clinical work, Dr. Shaddix integrates over two decades of her contemplative training with Western psychology. She began her training in Buddhist meditation and classical hatha yoga in 1991, and has spent years in intensive retreat in Asia and North America. Dr. Shaddix is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and has been on the contemplative faculty of the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute since 2010.

In addition to her work designing and facilitating Essential Mindfulness Training, Dr. Shaddix was an intervention design team member and facilitator on the TARA study at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, researching the application of yoga and body-awareness practices for adolescent depression.