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Jamie Derrick

Clinical Full Professor


Mary Forney Hall 013

Mailing Address

Department of Psychology & Communication Studies
University of Idaho MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

Jamie Derrick is a clinical full professor in the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies. She is a licensed psychologist, founder of the UI Mind mindfulness program, and teaches courses in developmental psychology and emotional health and mindfulness.

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Stanford University
  • M.A., Social Psychology, Stanford University
  • M.A., Organizational Sociology, Stanford University
  • B.S., Business, University of Idaho

Jamie Derrick has worked at the University of Idaho for about 15 years. Derrick is a licensed psychologist and has a small private practice as a depth psychologist who uses mindfulness-based interventions. Derrick is a mindfulness meditation teacher and practice mentor with certification from UCLA, Mindful Awareness Research Center. Derrick teaches nationally on topics related to mindfulness and emotional health. Derrick has applied interests (meaning Derrick uses theory and research to create effective, real-life interventions). Accordingly, Derrick has developed training and workshops using arts, self-exploration, relational skills, and mindfulness to promote emotional health. Derrick offers free drop-in and internet-based guided meditation to faculty, staff, and students to help promote health on the U of I campus. Derrick is a single parent with two children and loves family life. Derrick enjoys bicycling, yoga, kayaking, art and reading fiction.

  • Clinical psychology interventions for emotional and social competence
  • Mindfulness practices as a pathway to emotional healing
  • Art and creativity as pathways to emotional well-being
  • Dream analysis

  • Derrick, J. (2024, May). Wellness and mental health in legal profession. State of Idaho Bar Association Annual Meeting, Boise, ID.
  • Derrick, J. & Paxton, E. (2023, December). Mindfulness, music, and savoring as a path to wellness. Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, Moscow, ID.
  • Derrick, J. (2022, September). Addressing mental health needs in the legal profession. Wellness Symposium, University of Idaho Law School, Moscow, ID.
  • Derrick, J. (2022, September). The power of compassion [Keynote address]. National Academic Advising Association Meeting (NACADA) of the Pacific Northwest, “Reconnect. Reimagine. Recalibrate”, Best Western Inn, Moscow, ID.
  • Derrick, J. (2018, September). Self-compassion is essential to stress reduction [Keynote address]. Mindfulness Symposium, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
  • Derrick, J. (2017, May). Mindfulness and mental health: Simple practices for caregivers. National Alliance on Mental Health Conference, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
  • Derrick, J. (2017, January). Mindfulness and the creative process. Eastside Mindfulness Coalition, Secular Spirituality Center, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Holyoke, L, Shieffelbein, K., & Derrick, J. (2016, October). The psychologically safe classroom is essential in mindfulness education. Northwest Research on Women and Gender, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
  • Derrick (Nekich), J. & Alexander, T. (2014, October). Strategies for building a ‘strengthening the spirit’ curriculum with Native American youth. Indian Education Summit, Lewiston, ID.
  • Derrick (Nekich), J. & Alexander, T. (2013, October). Using contemplative practices to strengthen the young scholar’s ‘spirit’. Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs, Portland, OR.

  • Derrick, J. (2013-2024). Health and Wellness Presentations for Living Groups on the University of Idaho Campus and for Vandal Health Education.  Offerings on Coping with Anxiety, Introduction to Mindfulness, Managing Stress during Exam weeks, and Values-based living for well-being.
  • Derrick, J. (2013-2023, summers). Week Long Residential Mindfulness Retreats for At-risk Teens. Mental Health Staff for iBME (Inward Bound Meditation Experience). Offered week-long education on meditation and relational mindfulness and monitored 45 teens with complex mental health needs.
  • Derrick, J. (2020). Three Week Introduction to Mindfulness Resiliency, a structured and paced series of 18 guided meditations designed to support University administrators and their families during the pandemic.
  • Derrick, J. (2020). 21-Day of Quarantine Support, a structured and paced series of 21 guided meditations and resiliency tips designed for emotional support and resiliency during the pandemic.
  • Derrick, J. & Potter, D. (2018-2020, yearly) Four Day Residential Mindfulness Retreat for Adults. Co-teaching Mindfulness-Based Awareness Practices in the context of residential retreat that integrates MBSR, relational mindfulness, and mindful movement in North Idaho Retreat Setting for 50 adults coming from across US and Idaho.
  • Derrick, J. (2017). Primary Meditation Mentor.  Staff for UCLA, Mindful Awareness Research Center yearlong Intensive Personal Practice (IPP) program.  Provided mentoring, educational resources, and practice support to American and International students enrolled in the UCLA IPP program.
  • Derrick, J. (2016, January). Weeklong Residential Mindfulness Retreat for At-risk Teens. Staff for Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness retreat for teens. Offered week-long education on relational mindfulness, contemplative arts, and interpersonal well-being. Spirit Rock Meditation Center, San Francisco, CA.
  • Derrick, J. (2014, July). Mindfulness and Contemplative Art Practices. Training in Arts-based Mindfulness offered in Department of Psychiatry UCLA to international students studying mindfulness practices and integrative medicine.
  • Derrick, J. (2013, July). Mindfulness-based Art and Identity Formation in Student Leaders. Invited workshop with high-risk, low-income minority students admitted to the University of Idaho TRIO program for youth leadership training.

  • Sept 2022, Derrick, J. Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in Professional Advisors.Keynote speaker at National Academic Advising Association Meeting (NACADA) of the Pacific Northwest, “Reconnect. Reimagine. Recalibrate”, Best Western Inn, Moscow, Idaho.
  • Sept 2018, Derrick, J. Staying Calm When Life is Hard: Mindfulness in Daily Life.Keynote address for Mindful Symposium, Washington State University Consortium on Mindfulness.
  • April 2016, Opening TEDx talk on ‘Kindness as a Mindfulness Practice’ at University of Idaho TEDx Event.
  • May 2016, Voted Professor of the Year by Gamma Phi Beta, University of Idaho
  • September 2016, Graduate and Professional Student Association passed a resolution to sponsor Dr. Derrick’s mindfulness programming on the U of I Campus.
  • January 2015, ASUI Senate passed a resolution to formally sponsor Dr. Derrick's meditation classes at the University of Idaho
  • April 2014, Voted Best Professor by Gamma Phi Delta, University of Idaho
  • 2003, University of Idaho, Student Disability Support Services, Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2002, Moscow, Idaho School District #281, Award for Service to Public Schools
  • 2001, University of Idaho, Award for Excellence, Alumni Association
  • 2001, University of Idaho, Dean of Students, Outstanding Faculty Award

Psychology & Communication

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710


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