• Vo, Dzung X.


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Adolescent Medicine Specialist, BC Children's Hospital
    Program Director, Adolescent Medicine Subspecialty Residency Program, BC Children's Hospital and UBC
    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

    Degrees / Designations


    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine
    Room V2-203
    950 West 28th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas

    Mindfulness, Adolescents, Resilience, Somatization, Mental Health, Pain, Depression, Anxiety.


    My primary area of research is on mindfulness-based interventions for adolescents with depression, anxiety, and/or pain. I also do research on health equity and social determinants of health, vulnerable child and adolescent populations ("Social Pediatrics"), and somatization and mind-body medicine. I have written a book for teens called "The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time," and a website, www.mindfulnessforteens.com, to help translate research and innovation into practice and public knowledge.

    Current Projects
    My current primary research interests focus on stress and stress management interventions with adolescents. I am currently implementing a clinical trial of MARS-A (Mindful Awareness and Resilience in Adolescents), for adolescents with psychological distress, with or without co-occurring chronic pain or chronic illness.
    Selected Publications

    Vo DX. The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time.  Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications; 2015. http://mindfulnessforteens.com/the-mindful-teen/

    Vo DX, Locke J, Johnson A, Marshall SK. The effectiveness of the Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents (MARS-A) intervention on adolescent mental health: A pilot clinical trial. Published abstract. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2015; 56:S27.  http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(14)00481-9/fulltext 

    Lovas DA, Pajer K, Chorney JM, Vo DX, Howlett M, Doyle A, Huber A. Mindfulness for adolescent chronic pain: A pilot feasibility study. Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health. 2017; 29(2):129-136.

    Hilario CT, Vo DX, Johnson JL, Saewyc AM. Acculturation, gender, and mental health of Southeast Asian Immigrant Youth in Canada. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2014;16:1121-1129. (CA) (IF 1.482)

    Vo DX, Mayhew M, editors. Cultural Competence for Child and Youth Health Professionals. In: Caring for Kids New to Canada: A guide for health professionals working with immigrant and refugee children and youth [Internet]. Barozzino T and Hui C, editors. Ottawa: Canadian Paediatric Society; 2013 April. English, French. Available from: http://kidsnewtocanada.ca/culture/competence.

    Vo DX, Doyle J, Christie D. Mindfulness and adolescents: A clinical review of recent mindfulness-based studies in clinical and nonclinical adolescent populations. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2014;25:455-472.

    2011: "Investigating Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents." Children’s and Women’s Mental Health Programs, BC Mental Health and Addictions Services.
    Honours & Awards

    Society for Adolescent Medicine, Finalist, New Investigator Award. 2009.

    Research Group Members
    • Yossef AlNasser, Pediatric Resident
    • Puneet Virk, Student