Patricia (Tish) Jennings
Dr. Jennings is a Professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Previously, she was the Director of the Contemplative Teaching and Learning Initiative at the Garrison Institute and Research Assistant Professor in the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University. Dr. Jennings received her doctorate in human development from the University of California, Davis. She lead the CARE faculty team in developing The Garrison Institute’s Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) and she has conducted research to examine how CARE improves teacher well-being, classroom atmosphere and improved student academic performance. She has led a series of federally funded studies to evaluate the outcomes of CARE (see CARE Research tab). Dr. Jennings’ has authored Mindfulness for Teachers (2015) and The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom (2018).