Mary Jo Kreitzer

Mary Jo Kreitzer
Director, Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
School of Nursing, Twin Cities

Professor, School of Nursing

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Health
  • Health conditions
  • Population health
  • Treatments


Mary Jo Kreitzer RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is the founder and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, where she also serves as a tenured professor in the School of Nursing. 

Within the School of Nursing, Kreitzer is the co-lead of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in integrative health and healing.

Kreitzer has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of numerous clinical trials focusing on mindfulness meditation with persons with chronic disease, including studies focusing on solid organ transplant, cardiovascular disease, chronic insomnia, diabetes, and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Kreitzer’s current study areas include the role of mindfulness in improving the human brain-computer interface, the use of social technology to enhance healing and wellbeing, nursing leadership in integrative health and healing, and mindful movement for physical activity and wellbeing in older adults.

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University of Minnesota Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing Director Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer shares tips for maintaining mindful eating habits during this busy time period.