Leila Kozak, Mind-Body Medicine Alumna

Leila Kozak

Leila Kozak

Mind-Body Medicine

The media isn't telling the whole story of health care changes in the United States.

After graduating from Saybrook with a PhD in 2007, Leila Kozak received a post-doctoral fellowship at Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) in Seattle, WA. HSR&D is the research arm of the Veteran’s Administration, and hers was the first fellowship focused on the evaluation of Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the VA.

It was during the development of her fellowship research project that Leila became aware of the term “transformation of the culture of care” and the process of “culture transformation” at the VA. She saw how her research interest in the integration of complimentary medicine as psycho-social-spiritual support into palliative care was one important application of this culture transformation. She also came to appreciate the opportunities that we have - as humanistic psychology/mind-body medicine professionals – in working towards the creation of this emerging paradigm in health care. Leila believes that the pioneering work of Saybrook’s College of Mind-Body Medicine is supporting the building of a new medicine that is bringing together the “high-tech” with the “high-touch."

Leila has been researching the transformation of the culture of care at the Veteran’s Administration ever since.

While health reform is a well discussed topic these days, the focus of this discussion has mostly centered on the economic/financial issues surrounding health care. But Leila says the culture of care is changing in more fundamental ways. People – consumers, health care providers and administrators - are all calling for a new way of doing health care. You can see evidence of this movement all over in clinical settings, medical education, as well as the organizational development realm.

The transformation of the culture of care is largely driven by consumers who are asking for an active role in their health care. A big part of this transformation involves bringing complementary therapy services into conventional western medical settings. Hospitals around the country are paying attention to this call for a new type of integrative health care, what has come to be known as “integrative care.”

Leila's research is helping to power this transformation.