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The Mind Body Spirit Institute

Our Team


The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute was created in 2019 with the mission to teach individuals and organizations to achieve their potential by reducing stress and burnout, improving health and resilience, and nourishing the human spirit. 


To be a leader in teaching individuals to live more balanced, productive, and healthy lives.



Alejandro Chaoul, PhD


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Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute

Adjunct Faculty, UT Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center; Fellow of the Mind & Life Institute

Ale is a scholar, researcher, author, teacher, and educator, with a PhD from Rice University focusing on Tibetan mind-body practices and applications in contemporary health environments. For over twenty years, Ale has researched and taught mind-body techniques to help relieve stress and support wellbeing throughout the community, including at MD Anderson’s Integrative Medicine Program and other educational, health care, and nonprofit organizations. He teaches in English and in Spanish.

He is the author of over 20 articles and three books, including Tibetan Yoga for Health & Wellbeing.

Ann Friedman, PhD


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Director of Curriculum for MBSI

Psychologist/Mindfulness Facilitator

Psychologist Ann Friedman is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and a Certified Compassion Trainer from Emory University's Center for Contemplative Sciences and Compassion-Based Ethics.

Ann teaches mindfulness for schools, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. She particularly enjoys working with children, teens, and young adults.

Robin Jump, PhD, MPH

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MBSI Operations Manager

Robin is a public health practitioner who holds a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. She began her mindfulness oriented career working on clinical trials across mind-body and lifestyle practices. She has brought her passion for community well-being to the Jung Center since 2021.


Lisa Helfman, Co-Chair
Dorothy Paterson, Co-Chair
Eduardo Bruera
Ludmila Golovine
Lourdes Hernandez
Suzy LaForge
Terry Huffington
Kym King
Kati Neidig
William Parsons
Juanita Rasmus
Lois Romondetta

For more information, email mbsi@junghouston.org or call us 713-524-8253 ext 110.

Our Mission

For more than sixty years, The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit forum for dynamic conversations on a diverse range of psychological, artistic, and spiritual topics. Our mission is to support the development of greater self-awareness, creative expression, and psychological insight—individually, in relationships, and within the community. The Jung Center provides pathways to find deeper meaning in everyday life.

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