The Frontline Providers Team
Frontline Providers Program Team
Angela Wilson, MA, Program Manager, Frontline Providers, is a senior Kripalu faculty member working with leading scientists to document the program’s impact on health, well-being, and quality of care for community service providers. Angela holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Lesley University and is a regular contributor to Yoga International and Yoga Therapy Today, writing about the intersection between yoga, Western psychology, and science.
Cristie Newhart, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and faculty member at Kripalu, where she has taught for more than 10 years. A former manager of Kripalu’s volunteer program, Cristie is currently the yoga advisor for Kripalu’s Healthy Living workshops and leads guest yoga classes and R&R retreat workshops.
Amanda LoRusso, BS, RYT 200, IEL Intern, assists in the development, delivery, and research of the Frontline Providers program. Amanda earned her bachelor’s of science in biology from the University of Bridgeport in 2010. While pursuing her degree, she was lead assistant of a genomic study determining the effects of oscillating temperature on Arabidopsis thaliana. In addition to her academic study, Amanda is certified as a yoga teacher through Lotus Gardens Yoga, and has assisted a variety of yogic programs and taught classes in her hometown. Particularly interested in research, Amanda aspires to pursue a doctorate degree in a field linking yoga and meditation to natural science.
Frontline Providers Research Partners
Crystal Park, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on stress, coping, and adaptation, particularly on how people’s beliefs, goals, and values affect their ways of perceiving and dealing with stressful events. She has developed a comprehensive model of meaning and meaning making and is working to apply this model to a variety of health-related problems. Crystal has published articles on the roles of religious beliefs and religious coping in response to stressful life events, the phenomenon of stress-related growth, and people’s attempts to find meaning in or create meaning out of negative life events.
Alex Sabo, MD, is chair and program director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Berkshire Medical Center and serves as president of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. From 2005 to the present, he has worked closely with the Massachusetts DPH suicide prevention program to train gatekeepers, primary-care physicians, medical students, internal medicine and psychiatric residents, and others in suicide risk reduction strategies and to pilot depression care management services into general medical care.
Mindy Miraglia, MS, Research Consultant for the Institute for Extraordinary Living, combines her 25 years of experience in market research and strategic marketing with advanced studies in holistic healing modalities to explore the behaviors and attitudes of research subjects who have participated in IEL yoga programming. Mindy is responsible for collection, analysis, and reporting of evidence that documents how yoga curricula impacts yoga students, teachers, and host sites. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hofstra University and a bachelor’s degree in holistic nutrition and a master’s degree in natural health from Clayton College of Natural Health.