Mind-Body Medicine


School of Mind-Body Medicine Graduate Participates in Research Investigation of an Application of Emotional Freedom Techniques for Trauma: Marisa Iacobucci, MS

Marisa Iacobucci, Graduate of School of Mind-Body Medicine


Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine Program began in the fall of 2009, and since its inception several students have earned a Master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine.  As students continue to graduate and make their mark in the world, it is inspiring for other students to learn about their passions and paths.

Marisa Iacobucci was one of 16 students in the first cohort and completed her Master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine in January 2012. Marisa decided to pursue a Master’s in Social Work (MSW), after completing her degree, as it is her intention to work with veterans and their families as well as individuals with chronic pain and illness.  While she was finishing her degree at Saybrook she began to look into MSW programs. At the same time, she participated in an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The training was taught by Carol Look (http://www.attractingabundance.com/eft/about-carol/) over a three-day weekend and included the basics of EFT and its value in treating trauma in individuals.

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Closing the Circle: MBM Student Michelle LaMasa-Schrader Completes Three-Part Clinical Practicum

Michelle Lamasa-Schrader (2nd from right), Dr. Moreno (left), his Wife and Staff


The PhD Practicum is an exciting part of completing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, and for Michelle LaMasa-Schrader the Practicum is where she stepped into the role of “Doctor of Mind-Body Medicine.” Michelle describes her transformation into a mind-body practitioner as a calling, something deeper than creating a new career path.  Through study and numerous experiential activities she has embodied the work that she champions deep into her soul. Michelle reflects that many of the courses in her PhD program have impacted her on a profoundly personal level.  During courses such as the “Spirituality and Health” course she chose to use the opportunity to deepen her relationship with her husband.  She created a spiritual ritual that has strengthened their personal relationship, an unexpected gift from her graduate education.   

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MBM Academic Mentor Participates in Global Trauma Relief, as well as in Women’s Cancer Resource Center: Introducing Kelsey Menehan, LCSW

Kelsey Menehan with Choir


Kelsey Menehan found her way to Saybrook University through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM).  Kelsey completed her education and training to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.  She then began working with cancer patients and the families of kids with cancer.  Shortly into her career she began wondering what else she could offer to ease the suffering of families and individuals undergoing cancer treatment.  Kelsey has always been interested in spirituality, and perhaps that is a hint of what attracted her to the CMBM. 

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Summary of Inaugural Videoconference in New Series: Presentation by Larry Dossey, MD, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Larry Dossey, MD

The Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine recently began a series of monthly video conferences, welcoming and interviewing guest speakers from the fields of mind-body medicine, integrative health care, and alternative approaches to health.  All students and faculty from the School of Mind-Body Medicine are invited to participate in these video conferences. 

The first speaker in the series was Larry Dossey, MD, a pioneering physician who has promoted the central role of both consciousness and spirituality in health and wellness. He introduced the breakthrough idea of eras in medicine, including Era I, the era of biomedical therapies, Era II, the era of mind-body medicine, and Era III, the era of non-local healing (emphasizing the power of prayer or distant intention for healing).

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Hypnosis as a Pathway for Empowering the Disempowered: Introducing Michael Yapko

Michael Yapko (center) at home in San Diego with MBM faculty Willmarth and Moss


Highlights from the 19th International Congress of Hypnosis, Bremen, Germany, October 15-21, 2012

Michael Yapko, PhD,  is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and a teacher of clinical hypnosis with an international reputation. Yapko has pioneered the application of hypnosis to clinical depression and authored a number of books in this area, including:  Mindfulness and Hypnosis, Trancework, Depression is Contagious, and Treating Depression with Hypnosis.

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School of Mind-Body Medicine Cultural Anthropologist Spends 35 Years in Asia: Introducing David Blake Willis, PhD

David Blake Willis


David Willis began teaching at the School of Mind Body Medicine in 2010 with courses in Qualitative Methods and the Challenges of Midlife to Elderhood, following that with mentoring new graduate students.  He is currently transitioning from his role of mentoring to working with students throughout their dissertation process, from Concept to Proposal to final Dissertation. Doctoral students are sure to benefit from his diverse perspective as a Cultural Anthropologist and 37 years of mentoring students in an academic environment. 

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School of MBM Student Completes Research on Jaguar Medicine, A Shamanic Healing Approach: Introducing Vera Moura

Vera Moura, MD


Vera Lucia de Souza Moura, MD, is a Brazilian psychiatrist/psychoanalyst with two decades of clinical practice in Brazil prior to immigrating to the United States in the 1990’s. In the United States she worked for ten years at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and then joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, as a research instructor and, more recently, as an adjunct instructor.  She completed the Mind-Body Skills Group training of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and since 2001 has facilitated Mind-Body Skills Groups for health care professionals, health professional students, women with a history of abuse, and healthy people as well as those with chronic diseases. Over the years, Vera has studied ancient healing methods derived from indigenous cultures such as Andean (Kichwa), African, Afro-Brazilian, and Native American. She completed Michael Harner’s three year program in advanced shamanism, and served as an apprentice of a Kichwa Taita Iachak (shaman) from the Andes of Ecuador for ten years.  In September 2012 she completed her master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University in California. In her private practice she facilitates mind-body skills groups, offers counseling in mind-body medicine and shamanic healing, as well as health and wellness coaching, to individual, clients, and groups.

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School of MBM Faculty Members Attend International Hypnosis Meeting in Germany: Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth

Statue of the Bremen Town Musicians


Two faculty members from Saybrook’s College of Mind-Body Medicine are attending the meeting of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) in Bremen, Germany, October 17-21.   Bremen is known to tourists as the site of the well-known fairy tale about the Bremen Town Musicians, made famous by the Brothers Grimm.

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“The Brain that Changes Itself:” Norman Doidge Attends Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Eric Willmarth, Norman Doidge, and Donald Moss


Neuroplasticity is the relatively new concept of the human brain, which highlights the capacity of the brain to recover after injury through organizing new functional pathways, and in part by actually growing new cells and regenerating nerves.
The attached photo shows Norman Doidge with two Saybrook University faculty members, Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth, attending the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) meeting in Toronto, Ontario on October 13, 2012.

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Recent MBM Grad Addresses Compassion Fatigue: Practical Applications for Nursing Professionals. Introducing Betsy Murphy

Betsy Murphy, Alone and Teaching a Class of Seniors

Nurses are on the front line of care for the ill, wounded, and traumatized individuals and are called upon to deliver compassionate care to their clients. Empathy and compassion are essential qualities for successful healing environments, vital for both the providers and receivers of health-promoting interactions.

Betsy Murphy is a certified holistic nurse who is interested in exploring mind body methods to help preserve compassion in nurses.  Her professional and personal practice of mindfulness meditation and yoga, along with Saybrook’s training in mind-body skills, guided her in the development of a 16-hour experiential education program to alleviate compassion fatigue in nursing professionals. This education program comprised her masters’ project, and she graduated with an MS in Mind-Body Medicine in August 2012.

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