Erica Sibinga, M.D., M.H.S.
General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building
200 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Sibinga’s research interest is the use of Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) for pediatric patients. Dr. Sibinga’s current research is focused on the adaptation and evaluation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for urban youth. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, pilot data of MBSR for HIV-infected and at-risk urban youth show significant beneficial outcomes in psychological and quality of life domains. MBSR participation is associated with reduced hostility and emotional discomfort, as well as reports of reduced anger and aggression and improved relationships. Currently, Dr. Sibinga is conducting a randomized controlled trial to further evaluate MBSR’s effect. These studies have been supported by funds from the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for the Children of Baltimore City and the Hawn Foundation.