Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Klatt-MaryannaAdjunct Professor, College of Nursing
Adjunct Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology

Northwood-High Building
2231 N. High Street
Suite 261
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-293-3644
Fax: 614-293-2715


Dr. Klatt’s research focus has been to develop and evaluate feasible, cost-effective ways to reduce the risk of stress-related chronic illness for both adults and children. Trained in mindfulness and a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, she combines these two approaches in a unique approach to stress prevention and reduction. Her adult program, Mindfulness in Motion, is delivered at the worksite, while the program for children, Move into Learning is a classroom based intervention. Both programs combine yoga, mindfulness and relaxing music. Specifically, her research has shown that nurses working in a surgical intensive care unit reduced their stress by 40% (shown in their salivary amylase), university faculty and staff slept better, Scandinavian bank employees significantly reduced their perceived stress, cancer survivors and their caregivers became significantly more resilient, while inner-city third graders significantly improved in hyperactivity and cognitive inattention – behaviors often related to stress. Dr. Klatt has shown that mindful awareness interventions produce an average of 4000.00 annual cost savings for adult participants up to five years post intervention. In 2011, she delivered a TEDX Columbus talk on her work with stress reduction and resiliency building.

Research, Education and Clinical Interests

Dr. Klatt’s greatest contribution to curriculum development at OSU has been her creation of the undergraduate educational minor, Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness (INTHLTH-MN), housed within the College of Medicine, and she has created four courses within the minor. These include The Evolving Art and Science of Medicine (College of Medicine), Body/Mind Goes to School (College of Education and Human Ecology), Yoga: Theory and Practice (College of Arts and Science) and an honors course, Mindful Resilience: From the Individual to the Organization that was designed to teach resiliency skills to pre-professionals.  

Dr. Klatt also teaches a freshman seminar, The Mindful College Student, to provide students early coping strategies to sustain a successful academic career at OSU. Students across disciplines at The Ohio State University have reaped the benefits of Dr. Klatt’s energy and enthusiasm both in person and through her curriculum development that will outlive her employment as a faculty member. 

The strongest pedagogical technique that Dr. Klatt utilizes in the classroom is the creation of community amongst students. It is important to her to balance technological innovation (that has the potential for human isolation) and the joy that is possible through human, in-person connection. That said, Dr. Klatt recognizes the capacity for innovative web based practices that can support and scale what happens in the classroom. Thus, her educational mindfulness intervention, Mindfulness in Motion (MIM), is a hybrid program, including weekly in-person classroom sessions with daily online practices. The Department of Family Medicine hosts the online learning platform website that enables Dr. Klatt’s students to individually access written tips, her audio and video practices and hot links that extend classroom teaching: This site is customized for four types of students – college students, healthcare professionals, busy working adults and cancer survivors. Stress reduction and resiliency building have been the foci of Dr. Klatt’s teaching and research career. One hundred sixty-three learners have been through her MIM educational innovation in the past year, and over 700 learners since its inception. It is currently offered to the community at Ohio State's Center for Integrative Medicine and at Healthy New Albany.

Current Research Projects

Dr. Klatt’s recent focus has been to reduce burnout and increase resilience for working healthcare professions, with a specific interest in developing and evaluating enhanced emotional/cognitive and movement programming using mindfulness interventions to change healthcare professionals' re-activity to stress. She believes that both the organization and the individual need to attend to, and be responsible for, creating healthy work environments. Working with the Graduate Medical Education Office, she is researching the effectiveness of MIM for interprofessional healthcare professionals to reduce burnout and increase resiliency. 

Additionally, Dr. Klatt is actively constructing and delivering mindfulness training modules, which includes context specific yoga stretching and relaxation for health care working professionals. The focus of this research is the impact on the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among radiographers, ultrasonographers and radiation therapists. Her goal is to keep healthcare professionals engaged by teaching them how to focus on patient-centered, relationship-based care via mindful awareness, proper body alignment and worksite stress reduction techniques. Her expertise is in designing mindful movement content that can be uniformly delivered in healthcare educational programs.

BETHA Award references:

  1. Dyrbye, L.N., T.D. Shanafelt, C.A. Sinsky, P.F. Cipriano, J. Bhatt, A. Ommaya, C.P. West, and D. Meyers. 2017. Burnout among health care professionals: A call to explore and address this underrecognized threat to safe, high-quality care. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. doi: 10.31478/201707b.
  2. Snyder, B. A Dozen Reasons to Care About Patient Satisfaction. The Best Patient Experience. Health Administration Press. 2016.
  3. Bodenheimer T, Sinsky C. From Triple to Quadruple Aim: Care of the Patient Requires Care of the Provider, Ann Fam Med. 12: 573-76, 2014.
  4. Valley, M., Stallones, L. (2018). A thematic analysis of health care workers’ adoption of mindfulness practices. Workplace Health Safety. DOI: 10.1177/2165079918771991.
  5. Kinser P, Braun S, Deeb G, Carrico C, Dow A. “Awareness is the first step”: An interprofessional course on mindfulness & mindful-movement for healthcare professionals and students. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Nov; 25:18-25.
  6. Dobkin PL, Bernardi NF, Bagnis CI. Enhancing clinicians' well-being and patient-centered care through mindfulness. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2016 Jan; 36(1):11-6.
  7. Gilmartin H, Goyal A, Hamati MC, Mann J, Saint S, Chopra V. Brief mindfulness practices for healthcare providers–a systematic literature review. Am J Med. 2017 Oct;130(10):1219-e1.
  8. Steinberg BA, Klatt M, Duchemin AM. Feasibility of a Mindfulness-based intervention for surgical intensive care unit personnel. Am J Crit Care. 2017 Jan;26(1):10-8.
  9. Duchemin AM, Steinberg BA, Marks DR, Vanover K, Klatt M. A small randomized pilot study of a workplace mindfulness-based intervention for surgical intensive care unit personnel: effects on salivary α-amylase levels. J Occup Environ Med. 2015 Apr;57(4):393.
  10. Sibinga, E. M., & Wu, A. W. (2010). Clinician mindfulness and patient safety. JAMA, 304(22), 2532-2533.

Education and Training

  • PhD: Social and cultural foundations in education, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2002
  • MA: Medical ethics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1991
  • BA: Psychology, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 1982
Postgraduate Education and Training
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction in mind-body medicine, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA, 2003
  • Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program, Yoga Alliance, 500-hour certification, 2008
  • Mindfulness in medicine training, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 2010
  • Summer seminar on contemplative education, Smith College, 2015
Professional Memberships
  • Member, Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine Steering Committee, 2004 - present
  • Member, Medicine and the Arts Board, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2012 - present
  • Member, North American Primary Care Research Group, 2014 - present

Select Publications

Butwin, A, Evans, K, Klatt, M, Sommerich, C. 2017. “Teaching a Series of Mind-Body Techniques to Address the Risk of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Sonography Students: A Pilot Study”, Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 33:5, 392-403.

Gilbertson, R, Klatt, M. 2017. “Mindfulness in Motion” for People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Feasibility Study”. Int J MS Care. 2017; 19:225-231.

Klatt, M, Norre, C, Reader, B, Yodice, L, White, S. 2017. “Mindfulness in Motion: A mindfulness-based intervention to reduce stress and enhance quality of sleep in Scandinavian employees”. Mindfulness, 8:481–488.  

Kreitzer, MJ, Klatt, M. 2016. “Educational Innovations to Foster Resilience in the Health Professions”, Medical Teacher. 1-7.

Klatt, M, Sieck, C, Gascon, G, Malarkey, W, Huerta, T. 2016. “A healthcare utilization cost comparison between employees receiving worksite mindfulness or a diet/exercise lifestyle intervention to matched controls 5 years post intervention”. Complementary Therapies in Medicine.5:1-8.

Klatt, M, Steinberg, B, Duchemin, AM. 2015. "Mindfulness in Motion (MIM): An On-site Mindfulness Based Intervention (MBI) for Chronically High Stress Work Environments to Increase Resilience and Work Engagement." Journal of Visualized Experiments. Online open access

Duchemin, AM, Steinberg, B, Marks, D, Vanover, K, Klatt, M. 2015. "A Small Randomized Pilot Study of Workplace Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Surgical Intensive Care Unit Personnel: Effects on Self-Reported Stress and Salivary α-Amylase Levels." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Vol. 57(4):393-99. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000371

Malarkey, W, Jarjoura, D, Klatt, M. 2013. "Workplace Based Mindfulness Practice and Inflammation: A Randomized Trial". Brain, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.  (27):145-154. (IF 4.72)

Klatt, M, Buckworth, J, Malarkey, WB. 2009. “Effects of Low-Dose Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR-ld) on Working Adults.”  Health Education & Behavior. Vol. 36, no. 3. (June): 601-614.

Active Funding

00039564, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Moffatt-Bruce, S. (PI)  10/15/15-10/15/20, The Institute for the Design of Environments Aligned for Patient Safety (IDEA4PS). 
Role: Co-Investigator

Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Research Program
Evans (PI)  06/01/17 - 05/31/19, Implementing a series of micro and macro-ergonomic interventions to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders. 
Role: Co -Investigator

R15 AT008606-01A1.  NIH, The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Innes, K (PI), 09/17-08/18, Yoga for restless legs syndrome, a common and burdensome sleep disorder 
Role: Site- PI

Awards and Honors

  • Clinical Research Award, Srinivasan, R, Steinberg, B, Duchemin, A, Klatt, M. (2017) “Mindfulness and burnout prevention: the impact of a mindfulness-based intervention on burnout factors in healthcare professionals”, Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) Research Showcase, Cleveland, OH
  • Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award, third place, Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, for “A Mixed-Method Approach to Evaluating the Association Between Myofascial Trigger Points and Ankle/Foot Pain Using Handheld Sonography Equipment: A Pilot Study”
  • Sir William Osler, MD Award for Humanism in Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2016
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2015
  • Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement (FAME) Career Development Award, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Faculty, 2015
  • Innovator of the Year Award nominee, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2014
  • Honors and Scholars Academic Enrichment Award, The Ohio State University Honors and Scholars Center, 2014
  • President and Provost’s Leadership Institute (PPLI), The Ohio State University, 2013
  • Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement (FAME), The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2012
  • Faculty Teaching Award, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 2012
  • Grants program recipient, The Ohio State University Curriculum Committee of the OSU Council on Research and Graduate Studies, for the development of Interdisciplinary Graduate Specializations and Minors, 2004, 2005
  • Virginia and Hubert Schmidt Award, The Ohio State University, 2002
  • Grant for the development of a service-learning undergraduate course, The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology, Service-Learning Scholars Roundtable, 2000

Editorial Activities

  • Editorial board member, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2017 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 2017 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2017 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2016 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2015 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2015 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2015 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2015 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Supportive Care in Cancer, 2014 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Mindfulness, 2013 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Stress and Health, 2013 - present
  • Book reviewer, Elsevier Publications: Complementary and Alternative Therapies and the Aging Population, 2012
  • Ad hoc reviewer, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2012 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 2012 - present
  • Book reviewer, Jones and Bartlett Learning Publishers, 2011
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Quality of Life Research, 2010 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2010 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials, 2010 - present
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Health, Education and Behavior, 2009 - present
  • Family Medicine Digital Resource Library, International Association of Yoga Therapists, 2008 - 2010
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Vocations and Learning, 2008 - present

National Positions

  • Appointed member, a Systems Approach to Alleviating Work-Induced Stress and Improving Health, Well-being and Resilience of Health Professionals Within and Beyond Education subgroup of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Washington DC, 2017 - 2018
  • Planning committee member, proposal reviewer, 2017
  • International Conference on Health Professions Education and the Workforce: Strategies to Promote Resilience, Empathy and Wellbeing in the Health Professions, (CENTILE), Washington DC, 2014 - 2018
  • Elected member at large, board of directors, The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, 2014 - 2017
  • Elected member, The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, Executive Operations Subcommittee, 2015 - 2017
  • USC Imagine Health Study, NIH R01 Independent Monitoring Committee, invited member, 2014 - 2017
  • Executive committee, research working group co-chair, Consortium of Integrative Academic Medical Centers, 2012 - 2014
  • Member, Medicine and the Arts Board, OSU College of Medicine, 2012 - present
  • Elected co-chair, research working group, Consortium of Integrative Academic Medical Centers, 2012 - 2014