Julianna Raye


Designer of the Unified Mindfulness Teacher Training, Julianna Raye is devoted to deepening people’s ability to practice and understand research-supported mindfulness and to empowering anyone to guide others in its practice. She has been training individuals and groups in the Unified Mindfulness system for over two decades.

She received her BA in psychology from Duke University. In all her capacities at Unified Mindfulness,  CEO, lead curriculum designer, and head trainer, she is dedicated to disseminating Shinzen Young’s comprehensive mindfulness meditation system through the creation and presentation of educational programs and teacher-training certification programs.

Julianna also consults and offers private coaching, as well as onsite and online mindfulness training. Some clients include: Vigor, Case Western Reserve University, Lumosity, Vector Marketing, Fathom Digital Marketing, Hal Elrod’s BYEB, Avanoo, XChange, CSL Behring, UltraHuman, Sanmai, and others. She delivers keynotes; privately trains executives, celebrities, and entrepreneurs; and leads group training for company leaders aiming to support preventative health care and improve the work environment through mindfulness meditation. In these roles, she delivers specific mindfulness strategies tailored to the individual’s or company’s needs. Julianna’s recent projects include MindSize which was developed with Christian Straka, global head of mindset for Adidas Runners. MindSize utilizes the Unified Mindfulness system of meditation to train athletes for optimal performance.


With over 150 weeks of silent retreat training in both the mindfulness and Zen traditions, Julianna has completed more than 20,000 hours of formal training. Her brain has been studied in neuroscience labs at Vanderbilt, the University of New Mexico, the University of Arizona, and in a published University of California, Los Angles study comparing long-term meditators’ brains with those of non-meditators. She also designed and led the mindfulness program for a workplace research study, which was carried out under top mindfulness researcher David Creswell, PhD, through his Human Performance lab at Carnegie Mellon University. That study showed positive outcomes with regard to improved employee well-being and decreased stress. A novel aspect of it was an emphasis on the application of mindfulness techniques in daily life, which is a strength of the Unified Mindfulness system. Julianna is the coauthor of papers from the study that were published in two prominent peer-reviewed journals: Mindfulness and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Dr. Creswell developed the field of health neuroscience. Based on his equanimity research and Julianna’s expertise in the UM model, they joined together with a third co-founder, Mat Polowitz, to create Equa, a first of its kind predictive closed loop interactive app. 


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Scientific Article accepted for Publication, Fall 2018 in Mindfulness

Chin, B., Slutsky, J., Raye, J., Creswell, J.D. (accepted). Mindfulness training reduces stress at work: A randomized controlled trial.

Scientific Article Accepted for Publication, Fall 2018 in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

Slutsky, J, Chin, B., Raye, J., Creswell, J.D. (accepted). Mindfulness training improves employee well being: A randomized controlled trial.

Scientific Article Accepted for Publication, 2021 in Meditation

Manigault, A.W., Slutsky, J, Chin, B., Raye, J., Creswell, J.D. (accepted). Examining Practice Effects in a Randomized Controlled Trial: Daily Life Mindfulness Practice Predicts Stress Buffering Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Training.

System, Method, and Device for Interactive Neurological Training 

Creswell, J.D., Polowitz, M., & Raye, J. (2023). System, Method, and Device for Interactive Neurological Training (U.S. Patent No. 0033246A1). U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. https://ppubs.uspto.gov/dirsearch-public/print/downloadPdf/20230033246.


1. Boyd, S. (2017, November). Why Powerful Women Lean on Meditation. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/sboyd/2017/11/25/why-powerful-women-lean-on-meditation


2.  Bragg, T. (2017, December 12). How mindfulness apps can transform your business. Tech Wire Asia. Retrieved from https://techwireasia.com/2017/12/how-mindfulness-apps-transform-business/


3.Cohen, R. (2015, February 16). Long-term meditation tied to less brain loss. Reuters, #Health News. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-neuroscience-meditation-brain-psychol/long-term-meditation-tied-to-less-brain-loss-idUSKBN0LK1ZL20150216


4. Raye, J. (2012, March 19). Research reveals meditation changes brain. (D. Dador, Interviewer) ABC Inc., KABC-TV Los Angeles. Retrieved from https://abc7.com/archive/8587190/


5. Raye, J. (2014). The B.Zen Effect. The Bharani Effect. Retrieved from https://www.thebharanieffect.com/juliannaraye/


6. Raye, J. (2015, September 15). How To Practice Basic Mindfulness with Julianna Raye. (M. Dix, Interviewer) AboutMeditation.com. Retrieved from http://aboutmeditation.com/podcast/julianna-raye-mindfulness/


7. Raye, J. (2015). Perspective, Mindfulness, & Peak Performance with Mindfulness Coach Julianna Raye. (J. Vroman, Interviewer) Front Row Foundation. Retrieved from https://frontrowfactor.com/episode-4-juliana-raye-on-perspective-mindfulness-and-peak-performance/


8. Raye, J. (2017, March 6). Mindfulness with Julianna Raye. (S. Douglas, Interviewer) BlogTalkRadio. Retrieved from http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lifetransformationradio/2017/03/06/mindfulness-with-julianna-raye


9. Raye, J. (2017). Taking Your Meditation to the Next Level (An Interview with Julianna Raye). (H. Elrod, Interviewer) Retrieved from http://halelrod.com/taking-your-meditation-to-the-next-level-an-interview-with-julianna-raye/


10. Raye, J. (2020). Unified Mindfulness with guest Julianna Raye. (A. Wilkinson, Interviewer) Brainshape Podcast. Retrieved from https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-93-unified-mindfulness-with-guest-julianna-raye/id1455041806?i=1000502423949

11. Raye, J. (2020). A Practical Approach to Being Grateful and Mindful During Difficult Times. (R. Dube, Interviewer) Leading with Genuine Care. Retrieved from https://www.donothingbook.com/podcasts/a-practical-approach-to-being-grateful-and-mindful-during-difficult-times/

12. Raye, J. (2022). What is the bottleneck to wellbeing with Julianna Raye. (M. Miller and J. Slevin, Interviewer) The Contemplative Science Podcast. Retrieved from https://open.spotify.com/episode/6jWUmiUqr4R2WR8cWqoVDy?si=e03259e313b746cf&nd=1

13. Raye, J. (2022). Julianna Raye: Transcendence, Integration, and Connection. (W. Bryant-Scott, Interviewer) WystanTBS. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTWKxj2IXNE