"May you water the seeds of mindful self-compassion with every present moment"
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About Me

“We have to make the present moment into the most wonderful moment of our life. Our breath is the bridge that unites body and mind.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

My name is Tuyen Huynh. I was born in Vietnam but was raised in Philadelphia, PA. I have a BA in Sociology from Penn State University and a MS in Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Besides research, I am an avid knitter and gardener. I love having new hobbies. Recently, I picked up watercoloring and lettering. I absolutely love traveling and spending time with my husband, Jeff and our sweet tuxedo cat, Oreo.

Research

My research is a reflection of my true passion for implementing contemplative practices such as mindfulness, particularly, mindful self-compassion and mindful parenting into parenting programs and interventions. I believe such intrapersonal practices can enhance one’s well-being and interpersonal relationships such as parent-child.

Professional Trainings/Programs

Mindfulness

  • Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (2019)

  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training with Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer (December, 2018)

  • 10-week Mindful Self-compassion Program

CLASS Observation

  • CLASS Infant

  • CLASS Pre-K

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Funded Projects & Grants

 

Principal Investigator

Huynh, T. (Principal Investigator), Torquati, J. (Faculty Advisor), & Hatton-Bowers, H. (Faculty Mentor). Circle of Security Intervention Enhanced with Mindful Self-Compassion (COS-MSC): A Mixed Methods Study. Buffett Early Childhood Institute Graduate Scholars, 06/18-07/19, $25,000 total costs.


2018-Present

“Circle of Security Intervention Enhanced with Mindful Self-Compassion (COS-MSC): A Mixed Methods Study,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2019-2020

“Examining the Relationship of Mindfulness and Preservice Teachers' Characteristics,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2016-2017

“Understanding the Roles of Connectedness to Nature, Mindfulness, and Stress Processes to Well-being,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2016

“Outdoor Adventure Educator’s Perception of Nature and Their Work: A Phenomenological Study,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE and Michigan 

2010

McNair Scholars Program, Pennsylvania State University


Research Assistant

2018-2019

Grant Proposal Support (GPS) Team, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2017-Present

“Low-Income Working Families’ Child Care Decision-Making: Giving Voice to Nebraska’s Rural Communities,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2017-2018

“Child Care and Youth Training & Technical Assistance Project (CYTTAP),” University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2016

Coder for the Children and Nature Network (C&NN)

2015-2016

“Young Children’s Thoughts & Feelings About Nature & Friends,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Fellowships & Scholarships

 
 
 
 
 
 

Research Honors & Awards

2019

Mind & Life Summer Research Institute Scholarship

Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2018-2019

Buffett Early Childhood Institute Graduate Scholars Fellowship

Amount: $25,000

2016

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Williams B. Stapp Scholarship

2014-2016

Chancellor Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

2014

Offered the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Thailand

2007-2011

Brook Lenfest Scholarship to Penn State University

Union League Scholarship to Penn State University


2018

College of Education and Human Sciences Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award

Publications

 

Research Briefs

Huynh, T., Hatton-Bowers, H., & Howell Smith, M., (2019). “A critical methodological review of mixed methods designs used in mindfulness research,” Mindfulness, 10, 786-798. [Article]

Huynh, T., & Torquati, J., (2018). “Outdoor adventure instructors’ perceptions of nature and their work: A phenomenological study,” Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 1-14. [Article]


Hatton-Bowers, H., Huynh, T., Howell-Smith, M., Bash, K., Durden, T., Anthony, C., Lodl, K., & Crandall, L., (2018). Mindful practice for ECE professional: Begin the journey. Research Brief. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Durden, T., Hatton-Bowers, H., Mincemoyer, C., Anthony, C. Lodl, K., Crandall, L., Howell-Smith, M., Huynh, T., & Bash, K. (2018). Safety first! Lessons learned from an online infant sleep training module. Research Brief. University of Nebraska-Lincoln


In-Preparation

 

Under Review

Hatton-Bowers, H., Huynh, T., & Howell Smith, M., (In-preparation). Early childhood education professionals beginning the journey in mindfulness,” Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Huynh, T., Kerr, M., Kim, C., Duncan, L., Chang, V., (In preparation). “Mindful parenting and parental reflective functioning,” Mindfulness. Special Issue


Huynh, T., & Brock, R. L. (Under Review). “Self-compassion mediates the link between attachment and intimate relationship quality during pregnancy,” Mindfulness

Huynh, T., & Torquati, J., (Revised and Resubmit). “Examining Connection to Nature and Mindfulness at Promoting Psychological Well-being,” Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Hatton-Bowers, H., Huynh, T., & Dizona, P., (Under Review). Development and validation of the Safety Organized Practice (SOP) Checklist for child social workers,” Child & Family Social Work.


Professional Presentations

Huynh, T., (2019, June). “Circle of Security Intervention Enhanced with Mindful Self-Compassion (COS-MSC): A Mixed Methods Study. Poster presentation at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY.

Huynh, T., (2019, May). “Circle of Security Intervention Enhanced with Mindful Self-Compassion (COS-MSC): A Mixed Methods Study. Poster presentation at the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) Biennial Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

Hatton-Bowers, H., Durden, T., Howell Smith, M., Bash, K., Huynh, T., Anthony, K., Lodl, K., & Crandall, L., (2018, November). “I will be less judgmental, more kind, more aware and resilient to stress!”: Using Online Professional Development Learning to Enhance the Well-being of Early Childhood Educators. Poster presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Washington, D.C.

Hatton-Bowers, H., Hong, S.-Y., Cruickshank, K., Roberts, S., Huynh, T., Shin, H., Yao, Y., Werth, L., Vonderohe, R., Guzman, J., & Sherry, L. (2018, June). Childcare Decision Making Among Rural Low-Income Working Women: How Their Beliefs and Needs for Care Change Over Time. Poster presentation at the National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC), Arlington, VA.

Huynh, T. (2018, May). Understanding the Roles of Connectedness to Nature, Mindfulness, and Stress Processes to Well-being. Poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Cruickshank, K., Hatton-Bowers, H., Shin, H., Hong, S.-Y., Yao, Y., Huynh, T., Roberts, S., Werth, L., & Guzman, J. (2018, April). Examining Working Pregnant Women’s Needs for Child Care in Nebraska. Poster presentation at Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) Summit on Research in Early Childhood, Lincoln, NE. 

Huynh, T. (2017, April). A Systematic Review of Mixed Methods Designs Used in Mindfulness Research: 2006-2016. Poster presentation at the biannual meeting of the Mindful Families, School, and Communities: Contemplative Practices to Promote Child and Family Well-being Conference, Seattle, WA.

Huynh, T. (2016, November). Interactive Pedagogy or Promoting Sustainability. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Huynh, T. (2016, October). Outdoor Adventure Educators’ Perception of Nature and Their Work: A Phenomenological Study.  Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference, Madison, WI.

Huynh, T. (2015, Fall). Mediating Effects of Mindfulness on the Relationship Between Connection to Nature and Psychological Well-Being. Poster presentation at the College of Education & Human Sciences Research & Creative Activity Fair, Lincoln, NE.