Erica Sibinga, MD, MHS

Dr. Sibinga’s research interest is the use of Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) for pediatric patients.  Dr. Sibinga’s current research is focused on the adaptation and evaluation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for urban youth.  Using quantitative and qualitative methods, pilot data of MBSR for HIV-infected and at-risk urban youth show significant beneficial outcomes in psychological and quality of life domains.  MBSR participation is associated with reduced hostility and emotional discomfort, as well as reports of reduced anger and aggression and improved relationships.  Currently, Dr. Sibinga is conducting a randomized controlled trial to further evaluate MBSR’s effect.   These studies have been supported by funds from the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for the Children of Baltimore City, the Hawn Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Center for Mind-Body Research, and the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.