Mind-Body Medicine


Doors to Opportunity—Dr. Lynne Shaner Describes Impact of her Saybrook Doctoral Degree

Lynne Shaner, PhD


In October 2014, Lynne Shaner defended her dissertation on the “Lived Experience of the Practice of Long-Term Meditation,” and is happy now to be credentialed as Dr. Shaner.  After resting and recovering from four surgeries and additional hospitalizations as well as completing her last stretch of coursework, doctoral study, and final dissertation work in 2014, she reports being relieved to be at this stage of her professional and academic career.  Dr. Shaner reports that she is already seeing her degree as a useful tool empowering her professional work.  She comments, “the degree is already opening doors and creating opportunities in my life”.   

In the fall of 2014, Dr. Shaner was invited to co-teach “Self-Care for Applied Well-Being” at George Mason University, and pending enrollment, may again serve as adjunct faculty there in 2015.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University.  “I really enjoy teaching,” she notes, and “watching the students discover mind-body experiences, from meditation to imagery to yoga.  It’s wonderful. Teaching a self-care course at George Mason---the first of its kind there---with my colleague, was a real gift.  It was great fun, also, to assign readings that I had drawn from classes that I had taken at Saybrook, and to also assign part of the dissertation done by Dr. Pegi Black (Saybrook, 2014) -- Pegi’s work on self-care inspired the students.”

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Center for Mind-Body Medicine Training Available at the School of Mind-Body Medicine Residential Conference

Center for Mind-Body Medicine Training Event

Hot off the Presses: There are a limited number of openings for non-students to take the Mind-Body Medicine training offered by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) as part of the January January MBM Residential Conference in Seattle. Both the Professional Training Program and the Advanced Training Programs will be given, and non-Saybrook students can register through CMBM.  

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Researcher Elena Gillespie Joins Faculty for School of Mind-Body Medicine

Elana Gillespie, PhD


Elena Gillespie, PhD, is a new addition to the research faculty in Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine.  She will be teaching a course on Quantitative Research Resign for Healthcare.  Dr. Gillespie has been involved in research for nearly twenty years with a focus in Mind-Body techniques.  She was co-founder of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center at the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute of Health, now known as the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Research Center.  Her study assessing the use of Reiki in the amelioration of pain in diabetic neuropathy was the second study utilizing Reiki as a healing modality funded by the NIH.  The results of that quantitative study were published in 2007. 

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Saybrook University Master's Student Daniel Gawrys Uses Executive Coaching to Maximize Employee Potential

UCLA Radiology Managers in Retreat Conducted by Gawrys and business partner

Daniel Gawrys is a master's degree student in Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Gawrys is an Executive Coach whose niche is working with high functioning clients who have been successful thus far in their career.  These clients typically focus so intensely on their career that other areas of life become imbalanced, which causes personal issues to roll into their work life.  These clients are stuck in a perpetual cycle of professional/personal imbalance.  Instinctively, these clients try to work harder, and doing so, they only exacerbate the root issues.  Motivation is strongly present, but they’re at a loss for how to initiate change. 

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Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine Offers Four PhD Specializations in Mind-Body Medicine



In August 2009, James S. Gordon and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine collaborated with Saybrook University, founding the Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine for individuals pursuing a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree.  As the program has grown over the years, the graduate school now provides four doctoral level specializations, to prepare graduates for careers in healthcare and mental healthcare.  Influenced by the humanistic philosophy of Saybrook University, the central focus of each degree program and specializations emphasize person-centered health care, and advocate the importance of integrating self-care, mind-body practices, and other alternative approaches within the mainstream of health and mental healthcare. The School of Mind-Body Medicine is designed as a hybrid program, which affords working professionals the opportunity to conveniently attend a maximum of three short residential conferences a year, as well as complete all of their coursework through online and videoconference technology.

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Saybrook now offers a Coaching for Health and Wellness Certificate approved by the International Coaching Foundation (ICF)

International Coaching Federation

Saybrook University, the world’s premier institution for humanistic graduate studies, now offers a Coaching for Health and Wellness Certificate program through the University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM). The coaching certificate program provides individuals coming from a variety of professional backgrounds with knowledge and practical experience in basic, intermediate, and advanced coaching skills and competencies. Upon completion of the certification process, participants will be adept at applying their knowledge and coaching skills within diverse contexts such as integrative health and wellness, leadership, and life coaching.

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Articulation Agreement between Saybrook University and the International Nurse Coach Association

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, and Susan Luck, RN, BS, MA, HNC

The International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) has signed an Articulation Agreement with Saybrook University to provide recognition of credits from the INCA Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) for Saybrook University’s M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs in Psychology with a Specialization in Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health.

INCA has also signed an articulation with Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine to provide recognition of credits from the INCA Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) for Saybrook’s master's and doctoral programs in the School of Mind-Body Medicine (School of MBM). 

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Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine Signs Articulation Agreement with the University of Santa Monica

The University of Santa Monica

Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine has finalized an articulation agreement with the University of Santa Monica (USM). The agreement enables graduates from the University of Santa Monica to utilize their USM graduate credits for application to the Saybrook PhD degree programs in mind-body medicine. The agreement is effective immediately.

The School of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) at Saybrook University provides four doctoral level specializations, to prepare graduates to pursue careers in healthcare, mental healthcare, and integrative and functional nutrition.  The four PhD specializations (and two master's degrees) are influenced by Saybrook University's humanistic philosophy and pursue a vision of a person-centered health care, with self-care, mind-body practices, and other alternative approaches integrated into the mainstream of health and mental healthcare. 

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School of Mind-Body Medicine to Provide November 12 Webinar on Opportunities with Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

Dr. Ruthann Russo


Dr. Ruthann Russo, instructor in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine, will conduct a webinar on November 12 at 5:30 PM Pacific. She will provide information on professional affiliation and certification opportunities available through the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) as a result of the recent merger of The American Holistic Medical Association, the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine, and the Journal for Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 

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Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Instructor Martha Menard Publishes Mixed Methods Study on Quality of Education in Massage Therapy

MBM Instructor Martha Menard

Mixed-methods research combines the best features of qualitative and quantitative research method in a single study.  Healthcare offers many fruitful opportunities for applying mixed methods, and Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine has promoted mixed methods for its doctoral students' research.

A recently published study by Saybrook University School of Mind-body Medicine faculty member Martha Menard, PhD, LMT, illustrates how mixed methods can be applied to topics in healthcare. The study is a national evaluation of the current quality of education in massage therapy, and was funded by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Multiple data sources included quantitative educational outcomes from the National Center for Education Statistics, such as tuition costs, graduation rates, job placement rates, median loan amounts, and loan repayment rates, with a qualitatively developed survey of educators from multiple healthcare disciplines. The survey question and answer choices were based on individual and focus group interviews, and  included several open-ended questions.

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