The OMM Study

The OMM Study:

Observed Mindfulness Measure development and validation

Observed mindfulness is the noticeable tendency of another person to be mindful.

The purpose of this study is todevelop and refine a new psychometric assessment tool that validly and reliably detects the presence and extent of observed mindfulness. No measure currently exists for this construct.

Most of the evidence we have about the effectiveness of mindfulness training is based on what people say themselves, before and then after training. The OMM is intended to help us understand changes other people might observe in people who have participated in mindfulness training.

Participant contributions

Three independent convenience samples will be recruited for this study to provide empirical data for item selection, content validity and dimensionality, criterion and construct validity, temporal stability and sensitivity to change.

Sample A will comprise a community sample of non-expert advisers, recruited through a peer referral social media campaign, who will complete a single online survey to provide item usability and preliminary data for investigating dimensionality of the novel scale.

Sample B will be previous MT participants and their invited informants.  This sample will complete two surveys, one week apart.  The first survey will assess convergent and divergent construct validity and internal consistency, the second will provide data relating to temporal stability. Click here to veiw the flier for previous mindfulness training participants and here for the Sample B Study Information Pack.

Sample C will comprise prospective participants who have registered for, but not yet commenced mindfulness training, and their invited informants.  This sample will complete two surveys, one pre-intervention and one post-intervention. Data will allow hypothesis testing, and yield evidence of sensitivity to change and predictive utility of the OMM. Click here to veiw the participant flier for prospective mindfulness training participants and here for the Sample C Study Information Pack.


Data collection will be complete by December 31, 2017. Results will be submitted for publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed academic journal in 2018.


Larissa Bartlett, PhD Candidate

TasNetworks Elite Health and Wellbeing Scholar

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania

This study has been approved by the Tasmanian Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee Network, reference number H0016341. Queries or concerns can be directed to the Executive Officer, (03) 6226 7479, or email