Erin McCarthy, Ph.D.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Certified UM Trainer/Teacher

Erin McCarthy is a compassionate, experienced mindfulness and meditation coach, practitioner and consultant with over 20 years experience as an educator. She is a Professor of philosophy and mother of twins.


Some of her areas of specialization and interest include: concussion recovery; chronic pain; parenting; women and girls; academic professionals; stress and anxiety; undergraduate and graduate students. She works with people of all ages – from 8-80 and beyond!

Erin holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa and is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute. In addition to being a Unified Mindfulness Lead Trainer, she also draws her teachings from trainings and certifications in Mindful Self-Compassion; Mindful Motherhood; Mindfulness Based Symptom Management; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T); Mindful Kids; and Mindful Schools Educator Essentials.

A long time meditator in the Soto Zen tradition, Erin came to teach mindfulness and mindful self-compassion to a broader audience through her interest in and scholarship on Contemplative Education. She loves the UM suite of techniques because they integrate so seamlessly into everyday life, and help people (herself included) make real, sustainable change possible!