Since its inception in 2003, The Hawn Foundation has been actively involved in educational programming and investigating ways to demonstrate the efficacy of MindUP™, our SEL curriculum and training program.

The Hawn Foundation supports research projects conducted by scholars, schools, clinicians and scientists upon the recommendation of the Scientific Research Advisory Board.


University of British Columbia

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl (University of British Columbia) evaluated the effectiveness of MindUP™ on students in grades 4 and 5, based on evidence centered on neuroendocrine regulation, executive functions and self and peer reports of pro-social behaviors.

Improved Optimism and Self- Concept

  • 82% of children reported having a more positive outlook
  • 81% of children learned to make themselves happy
  • 58% of children tried to help others more often

Healthy Neuroendocrine Regulation

  • Measurement of salivary cortisol revealed MindUP™ children maintained a healthy, regulated diurnal pattern

Increased Executive Function

  • Children demonstrated faster reaction times while performing tests such as Dr. Diamond’s “Flanker Fish” trials.  The correlates to heightened self-regulatory ability.

Positive Teacher Response

  • 100% reported that MindUP™ positively influenced classroom culture and that students were significantly more attentive.

Academic Achievement

  • 15% of students improved their math achievement scores

For a full report see: Schonert-Reichl, K. A. and Lawlor, M. (2010). The Effects of a Mindfulness- Based Education Program on Pre- and Early Adolescents’ Well-Being and Social and Emotional Competence. Mindfulness and S.Schonert- Reichl, K. A., Oberle, E., Lawlor, M. S., Abbott, D., Thomson, D., Oberlander, T., & Diamond, A. (2011). Enhancing cognitive and social- emotional competence through a simple-to- administer school program.


Momentous Institute

(formerly The Salesmanship Club’s J. Erik Jonsson Community School)

MindUP™ was introduced as a pilot project to the Momentous Institute in February 2011 and was completed after five months in June of 2011.  This study looked at changes in student executive functioning as well as peer acceptance for students age 3 through 3rd grade.
The 4th and 5th grade students were evaluated for changes in peer acceptance, empathy, perspective taking, mindfulness and happiness.

Positive Teacher Response:

  • 100% of teachers reported that the MindUP™ program had a positive effect on the students in their classes this year.

Executive Functioning- BRIEF Results (Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning)

  • 96% of 3 year olds increased inhibitory response
  • 54% of 2nd and 3rd graders increased inhibitory response
  • Over ⅓ of all students demonstrated greater emotional control
  • 73% of 3rd graders showed improved planning and organizational skills

Improved Well-Being

  • 78% of all students and 100% of all Kindergarten students said MindUP™ helped them to be more relaxed
  • ⅔ of all students and 100% of all 3 year olds said MindUP™ made them feel happy

Improved Pro-Social Behavior

  • 56% of all students and 92% of all 3 year olds reported greater peer acceptance
  • 64% of all 4th and 5th graders demonstrated increased empathy
  • 90% of all students feel MindUP™ helped kids get along better

For a full report, see

Please note that The Hawn Foundation does not pay indirect costs.