The Goldie Hawn Foundation is committed to supporting research on MindUP to advance Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in our schools globally.

Since 2003, the MindUP program has been evaluated via both feasibility and outcome evaluations utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies that has determined MindUP to be evidence-based and offer myriad benefits for students across various demographics. The MindUP program materials and research have been reviewed and been accredited by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (, as a CASEL SELect Program.

MindUP is an evidence-based program grounded in:


Mindful Awareness

Positive Psychology

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

MindUP Research Highlights

Children who have received MindUP showed the following outcomes:

Better stress regulation as assessed by the stress hormone, cortisol.

Improved academic performance, especially in math and language arts.

More prosocial, trustworthy, and liked by their peers.

Enhanced tools and strategies for self-regulation.

Demonstrated positive effects on reducing aggression and managing stress.

Increased optimism and happiness.

Schonert-Reichl & Lawlor, 2010; Schonert-Reichl et al., 2015.

What the Research Says

Students who received the MindUP program, compared to their peers who did not, had significant improvements across multiple areas including:

Improved attention

Improved stress physiology, as measured by the hormone, cortisol

Improved peer ratings of kindness, pro-socialness, and peer acceptance

Improved academics

Schonert-Reichl K.A., Oberle, E., Lawlor, M.S., Abbitt, D., Thomson, K., Oberlander, T.F., & Diamond, A. (2015). Enhancing cognitive and social-emotional development through a simple-to administer mindfulness-based school program for elementary school children: A randomized controlled trial. Developmental Psychology, 51, 52-66.

Learn More about our Evidence-Based Program

Hear from our Experts

Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, PhD, What Does the Research Show

Molly Stewart Lawlor, PhD, The Four Scientific Pillars of MindUP

Lara Boyd, PT, PhD, The Science Behind MindUP

Explore our Case Studies and Stories of Impact

Little Ealing Assembly

Case Study: London, England

Case Study: West Rise

London, England

School District: Coatesville

Case Study: Pennsylvania, USA

Our Minds Matter

A film produced with students from Australia

Keep Your MindUP with Rockyview Schools

Hear from students in Alberta, Canada

What Parents are Saying