LeeAnn Cardaciotto, Ph.D.

Interim co-Chair, Psychology; Associate Dean of Curriculum, Assessment & Graduate Studies; Professor
Counseling and Family Therapy, Dean's Office, Psychology
Holroyd Hall 125; Wister Hall 228

Dr. Cardaciotto earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall in 2000 and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 2005. She received a broad-based clinical training, gaining experience with clients across the entire developmental spectrum in many levels of care (e.g., inpatient, partial hospital, outpatient, student counseling center).

Dr. Cardaciotto’s research interests primarily focus on constructs related to psychological well-being. Specifically, she is interested in the study of mindfulness, acceptance, defusion/decentering, values, and compassion (for self and others). She welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students to share in her research endeavors – there are many ways to become involved (e.g., participant recruitment, data collection, project development, presentation of results in posters/publications). Dr. Cardaciotto and her research team often have ongoing projects related to examining the measurement of mindfulness and individual differences; the differential roles of the two key components of mindfulness, awareness and acceptance, in a variety of outcomes and contexts; and using mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions to promote well-being in higher education contexts. Dr. Cardaciotto also is interested in effective pedagogical practices in the field of counseling education.

Outside of work, Dr. Cardaciotto enjoys being with her family and friends, learning Tai Chi,and spending time in nature.

Mindfulness, compassion/self-compassion, and related constructs
Postdoctoral Training: University of Delaware
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Drexel University, 2005
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, MCP Hahnemann University, 2002
B.A. in Psychology, Franklin & Marshal College, 2000

PCC502 Counseling Laboratory
PCC/PCMF503 Psychopathology
PCC610 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches in Counseling
PCC660/690-692 Professional Seminar
PCC661/680-682 Practicum & Internship


Block-Lerner, J., &  Cardaciotto, L. (2016).  The mindfulness-informed educator: Promoting acceptance and psychological flexibility in higher education.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Cardaciotto, L., Wright, T, & Winch, E.  (2014).  Putting the self in context: A mindful approach to social anxiety disorder.  In A. Ie, C. Ngnoumen & E. Langer (Eds), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness.  Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Cardaciotto, L., & Tonrey, D. (2012). The training, value, and reality of Master’s-level mental health counselors. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy- An International Quarterly, 26, 183-195.

Smith, C. V., & Cardaciotto, L. (2011). Is active learning like broccoli? Student perceptions of active learning in large lecture classes. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11, 53-61.

Cardaciotto, L., Herbert, J. D., Forman, E. M., Moitra, E., & Farrow, V. (2008). The assessment of present-moment awareness and acceptance: The Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale. Assessment, 15, 204-223.


Cardaciotto, L., & Block-Lerner, L.  (Chairs) (2016, November). Dissemination through teaching: Training behavioral health professionals in acceptance-based behavioral approaches inside and outside of the classroom.  Panel Discussion accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Winch, E., Delguercio, M., McAfee, M.., Cardaciotto, L., Goldbacher, E., & Block-Lerner, J. (2012, November). Examining the mediating role of self-compassion in the relationship between mindfulness and social anxiety. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Hickman, S. D., Roemer, L., Tirch, D., Schraufnagel, K., Fuchs, C., & Rubin, N. (2011, November). Panelists in Cardaciotto, L., & Block-Lerner, J. (Chairs), 7 questions for highly effective trainers: Learning how they train student therapists to deliver mindfulness-based approaches competently. Clinical Roundtable presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

Johnson, A. V., Winch, E., Cardaciotto, L., Block-Lerner, J., & Moon, S. (2011, November). Deconstructing mindfulness’ beneficial influence on social anxiety: Acceptance as a moderator of self-focused attention and social anxiety. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA)