Dr. Garfin is Principal Investigator of the REACH Lab and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing, where she is Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Health funded grant titled “Mindfulness-based Intervention to Address PTSD in Trauma-exposed, Homeless Women.” This project takes a biopsychosocial approach to understanding the experience of trauma and community-based approaches to alleviate adverse traumatic stress symptoms and associated problems.
Dr. Garfin is also co-Principal Investigator (with Drs. E. Alison Holman and Roxane Cohen Silver) of a National Science Foundation-funded project that explores the psychological implications of the COVID-19 pandemic using a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults
Dr. Garfin is co-Lead Investigator of the Silver Stress and Coping Lab with Drs. E. Alison Holman and Roxane Cohen Silver. See the Silver Stress and Coping Lab Website for more information about these projects.
Dr. Garfin is an avid practitioner of yoga, meditation, Pilates, and other mind-body practices. She has completed teacher training in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. You can also find her on the teaching schedule at Pilates Plus OC
Prior to her graduate training, she traveled extensively in the South Pacific, Asia, India, and Central and South America. Highlights of my travels include surfing the longest left hand break in the world (Chicama, Peru); eating the world’s most amazing rice, curry, and fresh yogurt (after surfing perfect point breaks) in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka; meditating at the Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamsala; studying yoga in Rishikesh; and working with Tibetan refugees in Northern India.