Mind-Body Medicine


Saybrook University announces cutting edge master’s degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition


We are what we eat, so it’s a big problem that Americans have a dysfunctional relationship with food.

But just telling people to “eat right” or “count calories” doesn’t work.  We know it, and our doctors have discovered it.  Yo-yo diets and food fads are even worse.

We need new approaches to nutrition, ways to integrate healthy habits and effective self-care into people’s lives, and do it in ways they’ll find personally meaningful.

That’s why Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine is proud to announce a new MS degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition – a degree focusing on the ways we can combine the best in nutritional science and psychology to help people take control of their health by improving their relationship with food.

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The Future of Integrative and Functional Nutrition and the New Saybrook University MS Degree in Nutrition -- Videoconference: April 9, 2014 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM PDT

Whole Foods and your Health


How can a health professional acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies for the emerging fields of integrative and functional nutrition? We are excited to announce that Saybrook University, already a leader in the field of Mind-Body Medicine and Integrative Health, is offering a unique new Master's Degree program in Integrative and Functional Nutrition to prepare students to successfully practice in this emerging area of healthcare. The degree will enroll its first cohort in August 2014, pending WASC approval. 

The curriculum has been designed to immerse students in the best of mainstream nutritional science and evidence-based approaches to integrative healthcare. Courses include health coaching, mindfulness and meditation, whole foods and culinary nutrition, dietary supplements and herbal medicine, laboratory assessment in functional nutrition, and clinical nutritional therapeutics based on integrative and functional medicine models. 

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MBM Student Lynne Shaner, Turning Toward Community for Strength

School of Mind-BOdy Medicine PhD Student Lynne Shaner


In December of 2013 doctoral student Lynne Shaner had surgery on her eye to correct a condition called thyroid eye disease.  After surgery she developed a post-surgical eye infection that her physicians later described as “The Triangle of Death.” The words paint an alarming picture of her condition and Lynne recollects that "hearing those words felt surreal.”

After several CT scans, 3 MRI’s, and multiple rounds of intravenous antibiotics Lynne began feeling a deep despair, like there was no end in sight.  Rather than relying on her usual self-sufficient move forward attitude, Lynne knew she needed support and reached out to the communities that she has been cultivating, including the Saybrook School of Mind Body Medicine.

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Mind-Body Medicine in Our Lives: Char Conlin Uses her Mind-Body Skills at Motor-Vehicle Accident Scene

Char Conlin


One of the many strengths of the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine is applying what we learn academically to our professional and personal lives.  As a community -- including students, faculty, staff and our loved ones -- we continue to experience the full spectrum of life, from birth to death and all of the joys and sorrows in between, as we pursue our individual dreams.  As a group we have the capacity to learn from one another and also to connect, share, and possibly collaborate.

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Dr. Stephen Porges, Expert on Heart Rate Variability, Provides Address in Venice, Italy on Evolutionary and Physiological Foundations of Social Engagement

Stephen W. Porges (Researcher/Psychophysiology) and Sue Carter (Field Biologist)


School of MBM Chair Donald Moss attended the Biofeedback Federation of Europe annual meeting February 10-15 in Venice, Italy.  Here he reports on a keynote address by Dr. Stephen W. Porges in the BFE scientific meeting.

Stephen Porges is a leader in the scientific study of psychophysiology, especially of “heart rate variability” and the role of the vagal nervous system. His model is based in his innovative understanding of the evolution of the mammalian nervous system. Porges has also contributed to the practical applications of psychophysiology to treatment, including the treatment of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

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Aphrodisiac Nutrition


Delahna Flagg is a professional chef and full-time student pursuing a Master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine.  Delahna is passionate about aphrodisiac nutrition and intends to combine

Food - Love - Relationship

as a way to ignite passion and self-awareness, and elicit a higher sense of consciousness for the people that she works with.

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Dr. David Spiegel Speaks from Paris and Addresses SCEH Berkeley Meeting

Dr. David Spiegel Addresses SCEH from Paris


David Spiegel, MD, Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine, addressed the SCEH conference in October, 2013, from Paris where he was spending a three month sabbatical.  Hypnosis has a venerable tradition in France and in Paris, specifically. Once Anton Mesmer gained some recognition, for his work in animal magnetism, he moved from Vienna to Paris.   

Spiegel emphasized that hypnosis is the oldest Western model for psychotherapy.  Over 100 years before Freud, Mesmer established the principle that an interpersonal interaction with a patient can be therapeutic.  Freud himself began his professional work by studying hypnosis with Charcot in Paris. Only after he was frightened by a female patient expressing affection for him, did he abandon hypnosis as his therapeutic approach.  Ironically, at the end of his career, after his move to London, Freud placed a photograph of Charcot on the wall above his analytic couch.

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Applying Systems Change to Integrative Health Care: How Ohio’s Wellness Management and Recovery (WMR) is Building Communities of Wellness and Transforming Health Care Service Delivery

Deborah Wilcox


Webinar – Wednesday, February 26, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Pacific

On February 26, 2014, at 5:30 PM Pacific, the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine will sponsor a Webinar on Applying Systems Change to Integrative Health Care.  The presenter will be Deborah A. Wilcox, PhD, who is a member of the School of Mind--Body Medicine faculty. Dr. Wilcox is also the Founder and CEO of Confluency Consultants and Associates, a multicultural educational and organizational development consultancy. She is the lead consultant, and an educator and researcher for the Wellness Management and Recovery Coordinating Center of Excellence (www.wmrohio.org). Dr. Wilcox has practiced for over 20 years working with public and private sectors organizations, and has conducted professional development presentations on local, national and international levels. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute (www.nationalwellness.org) and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio's Wellness and Prevention Collaborative (www.hpio.net).

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Carolyn Trasko, Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Counselor, finds Practical Applications for Saybrook's New Integrative Mental health Specialization

Carolyn Trasko, LCSW

After many years of searching for just the right program Carolyn Trasko found the Integrative Mental Health program at Saybrook and is a member of the inaugural class.  Carolyn enthusiastically shared how the first term has impacted her, and how she interacts with clients.

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Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine Recognizes First Graduates of Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program

Cliff Smyth, Devorah Klein, Lisa Jones, and Maureen Molinari


The Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine announced on January 2, 2014 that four students have completed the requirements for its new Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching. 

Cliff Smyth, Lisa Jones, Maureen Molinari, and Deborah Klein are the first graduates of this Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program. The graduates of the certificate program have completed a rigorous yearlong educational and experiential program that involves two on-site residential conferences, virtual student learning forums (webinars and conference calls), writing several academic papers, a plethora of practical and experiential coaching practice, and a Capstone Essay that highlights the integration of the graduates’ experiences throughout the certificate program.

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