Mind-Body Medicine


Watch Saybrook faculty member Donna Rockwell discuss mindfullness with Katie Couric!


Donna Rockwell, who teaches Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health at Saybrook University made an appearance on "Katie" last week to talk about the health benefits of mindfulness in daily life - and how to achieve it.

Dr. Rockwell conducts research in mindfulness, and is a staff psychologist at the Center for Creative Living.

Read her essay on Mindfulness for The New Existentialists here

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Dr. Donna Rockwell, Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine Instructor, to Discuss Mindfulness on the Katie Show

Dr. Donna Rockwell, Member of Faculty, Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine

Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine faculty member Dr. Donna Rockwell has conducted mixed-method research on the affect of mindfulness practice on graduate students in a clinical psychology program, and has seen in the outcome data the profound influence that mindfulness can have on psychotherapists, both in the work they do with clients and patients, as well as on their ability to implement self-care. Her research thesis was, “If I can’t sit with myself, how can I sit with another?” 

Now Dr. Rockwell will be appearing on the Katie Couric show on ABC-TV on July 8 to talk about mindfulness, its value, and why it seems to be a current craze. 

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Member of School of Mind-Body Medicine Faculty to Serve on Board for Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP)

Luann Fortune, PhD, School of Mind-Body Medicine


Luann Fortune, PhD, is a member of the teaching faculty in Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, and serves as the School's Director of Instructional Excellence, overseeing course development and online teaching.  Dr. Fortune  just returned from the annual conference of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP). During the conference, she was elected to serve on ICNAP’s Executive Committee where she assumes the role of Treasurer effective immediately.

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Welcome to the New Nutrition MS Degree Program Director: Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, CDN

Director of MS Degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Mary Beth Augusti


The School of Mind-Body Medicine welcomes Mary Beth Augustine as the Director for the new MS Degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition.  Ms. Augustine is Senior Integrative Nutritionist at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center for Health & Healing, New York, where she has maintained a faculty practice and directed the Integrative Nutrition Intern and Observership Program since 2000. Previously she served as Integrative Medicine Nutritionist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and conducted cardiovascular risk reduction research at the American Health Foundation.

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Mind-Body Medicine Graduate Beth Haggett to Provide Coaching Curriculum to the Veteran’s Administration in Kansas

Beth Haggett, LCSW, PhD

Beth Haggett, LCSW, PhD, was the first individual to earn a PhD degree in mind-body medicine from the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Beth works as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach to corporations, as well as a counselor to individuals and groups. She developed a focused coaching curriculum about 15 years ago to address a need she saw when she was working as a consultant in the customer support industry, called Coaching Skills for Knowledge Centered Support. Over the years it has gained a following and is now considered “Best Practices” by The Consortium for Service Innovation and is licensed by several consulting companies including HDI, and DBK and Associates and has been recently expanded to address Quality Support in general. She recently landed a contract to deliver the course to the Veteran’s Administration in Topeka Kansas. She partnered with The Consortium to create a KCS Coach Certification Program as well, which has become a recognized industry standard.

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Mind-Body Medicine Doctoral Student Grows her Practicum Placement into a new Position Coordinating "Cancer Survivorship Program"

Francinne Lawrence, Doctoral Student in School of Mind-Body Medicine

Doctoral students in Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine complete a Practicum placement.  For students with clinical aspirations, this is typically a clinical practicum in health or mental health care, for others it can be a research practicum or a practicum in health care administration or consultancy.  Francinne Lawrence is a PhD student in health care systems, and her practicum experience has evolved into a career-level position.

Mary Bird Perkins (MBP) Cancer Treatment Center is recognized as a leading cancer treatment facility in Louisiana and is associated with Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Hospital and the Louisiana State University Health System.  Having had a previous career in hospital chaplaincy and medical social work, Francinne wanted to be a change agent for healthcare systems, instead of working with one patient at a time. She chose to follow Saybrook's healthcare systems track in Mind-Body Medicine..

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New Saybrook University Master’s Degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition to Commence January 2015

MS Degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition

Saybrook University this week announced that its new master's degree in nutrition will open in January 2015.  The MS in Integrative and Functional Nutrition is pending accreditation from WASC, a regional accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Department of Education

Join the vanguard of healthcare professionals offering patients new and more effective forms of self-care and health management.  Study in our nutrition graduate program to become a patient-centered healthcare provider who combines a rigorous scientific understanding of nutrition and whole-body health with proven techniques that support the mind and spirit as well.

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Mind-Body Medicine PhD Student Uses Photography to Express Human Consciousness, Connection, and Transparency

Joshuah Hendrickson and an Image from his "Movement" Series


Joshua Hendrickson is a doctoral student in the “Integrative Mental Health” specialization in Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Josh spent his youth in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan surrounded by a family of teachers, social workers, nurses, and artists.  Growing up with a family of artists taught him to appreciate the arts, a tradition he is carrying on in his unique manner.  During his youth he spent time with an Aunt at her art gallery, watched his Uncle direct an orchestra, or enjoyed his grandmother sharing her love of photography.  Josh is using photography as his medium to explore the evolution of human consciousness.

Josh is blending photography with what he has learned as a social worker to explore the deeper levels of human connection and transparency through three series in a comprehensive artistic project. The name of the first series is “Transparency Ice Emotion,” a photography project shot in black and white.

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Bay Area Ayurvedic Physician Teaches Balance in Diet, Activity and Emotional Life to Saybrook University Students

Dr. Anapoori Ramasubramanian joins Mind-Body Medicine Faculty

Annapoori (Anu) Ramasubramanian is an new faculty member at the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine and is sharing her knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine in the MBM course Whole Medical Systems: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. A whole medical system is a traditional body of theory and practices on health and disease, which has evolved independently from Western Allopathic medicine.  Whole medical systems, such as the Ayurvedic medicine of India, often offer a rich array of therapies based on herbs, lifestyle practices, and an emphasis on treating the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit.


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Schoolo of Mind-Body Medicine Admissions Counselor, Shohreh Seirafi, Shares her Persian Heritage

Persian Fire Ceremony March 2014 in Bay Area


Shohreh Seirafi is the Senior Admissions Counselor for the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine, as well as for the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry Human Science program.

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