DR. PARMJIT SINGH is Assistant Clinical Professor with Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and has a PhD in psychology. He has Clinical Training in Mind-Body Medicine from Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and has participated in an intensive retreat on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in mind-body medicine under the direction of Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. He has completed the live activity of Promoting Mindful Practice in Medical Education and Practice hosted by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, USA.
He is a TEDx speaker and Excellence in Teaching Award nominee who also offers hands-on and practical mindfulness-based corporate resilience/stress management and professional development programs/retreats.
He is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, a Certified Lifestyle Coach and a dedicated Vipassana practitioner. He did his Post-doctoral training in psychology from University of Southern Queensland, Australia and McMaster University, Canada.
He teaches in the Faculty of Health Sciences & DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University courses such as Body, Mind, Spirit and Health, Attitudes, Behaviors, Professional Transitions, Deceptions in Decision Making, The Mindful Leader and Mindfulness as a Way to Innovation and Creativity. He is involved in MD program’s professional competencies stream in the area of self-care. Since 2011, he is running eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course for medical students and residents at McMaster University. Since 2016, he has successfully embedded a four week modified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program into the standard curriculum of Family Medicine residency program of McMaster University.
His teaching methods are popular among students for their innovativeness and applicability to real life. One of his academic courses was featured on television for its unique content and perspective.
Parmjit has written three workbooks (The Looking Glass, Soliloquies, and Towards Healthy and Successful Living), numerous research articles, book reviews and published ‘The Health Q’ until May 2008. A dynamic workshop conductor and a passionate speaker, he has held numerous health and wellness events for business and educational sector.
His interests include:
- Mind-Body Medicine
- Neuro-science of mindfulness
- Mindfulness in Innovation, Leadership and Professional Development
- Socio-cultural determinants of mental and physical health
- The effect of Yoga, meditation and mindfulness on plastic brain/physiology/well-being
- Mental training and high performance in students and athletes
- The role of body, mind, spirit in health and well-being
- Mindfulness as public health and lifestyle skill
Parmjit is also actively involved in community work. He was awarded the 2007 Ken Cross Individual Literacy Award by Adult Basic Education Association, Hamilton, Canada for his contribution to adult literacy. He has been on the community editorial board of The Hamilton Spectator, served as a board of directors for Crimestoppers of Hamilton and has recently retired as the Past President of Hamilton Literacy Council after six years of service. He has been a member of various national as well as international professional organizations including American Psychological Association, Australian Psychological Society, International Society of Sport Psychology and International Society for Mental Training and Excellence.
He is a volunteer yoga teacher at Wellwood Cancer Center, Hamilton.