Mind-Body Medicine


Charlene Conlin and Carleen Phelps Complete a Collaborative Doctoral Dissertation on Males and Females Successfully Managing Type 2 Diabetes through Lifestyle Change

Carrie Phelps and Char Conlin at Saybrook University Graduation


Charlene Conlin and Carleen Phelps have just completed a collaborative dissertation as part of their doctoral studies in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine.  This was the first collaborative dissertation in the School of Mind-Body Medicine.

Collaborative work is abundant in the publication of academic research papers, especially in the healthcare sector, where meaningful research studies frequently require coordination among several disciplines and settings. Nevertheless, collaboration is rare in the doctoral dissertation process. One Saybrook collaborative dissertation was completed by two psychology students, Leila Kozak and Dorothy Mandel, within Integrative Health Studies in 2006, but until now none had taken place within the School of Mind-Body Medicine. 

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School of MBM Instructor Dr. Lisa Kelly and PhD Student Teresa von Kerckerink Collaborate on ISSEEM Presentation on Shamanic Healing

Photos from ISSEEM Shamanic Seminar


In June 2014, Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine PhD candidate, Teresa von Kerckerink and MBM faculty member Dr. Lisa Kelly collaborated in presenting a 90 minute seminar on the lived experience of shamanic healing at the International Society of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine conference titled: Seen and Unseen Realities.

Teresa began the workshop by presenting the findings of her first person Hermeneutic Phenomenological pilot study on the lived experience of the use of the shamanic sacred plant medicine, San Pedro. A lively discussion followed, where participants asked numerous questions and the group discussed the role of altered states of consciousness and energy medicine in shamanic healing. Following this discussion Dr. Kelly presented an overview of her experience with shamanic healing in Peru, and then together Teresa and Dr. Kelly facilitated a shamanic healing ritual with the attendees.

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Webinar: Multicultural Competency for Mind-Body Medicine

Multicultural Competency

Join us for a Webinar on August 27.

Dr. Deborah Wilcox holds a master's degree in public administration, a master's in clinical community counseling, and a doctorate in counseling education. She has previously served as an instructor at Kent State University, the University of Dayton, Union Institute, and the University of  Cincinnati, providing instruction in multi-cultural counseling, adolescent development, public health administration, and grant writing. She is now on the faculty at Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.

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Biofeedback Provides Tools to Guide Effective Use of Medication

Jay Gunkelman, author and expert on quantitative analysis of EEG


Biofeedback – When a behavioral problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed, selecting medication to best treat it can become a matter of trial and error. Analyzing brain patterns by using electroencephalography (EEG) can help predict which medicine will offer the best result and thus lower the risk of adverse drug events. Recognizing brain patterns can be a better guide to medication use than psychiatric diagnosis based on the DSM-V.

The article “Medication Prediction with Electroencephalography Phenotypes and Biomarkers” in the current issue of the journal Biofeedback offers evidence that quantitative EEG assessment can refine the selection of medications by detecting brain patterns. Author Jay Gunkelman uses the example of a 7-year-old child diagnosed with ADHD.

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Saybrook University Shines at National Wellness Conference

Saybrook Students and School Chair Moss at Poster Session

This year, a number of Saybrook University faculty, students, and alumni participated in the National Wellness conference, presenting on everything from coaching to the multicultural approaches to wellness.

The National Wellness Conference is a major event annually in the worlds of health promotion, health coaching, nurse coaching, and wellness education.  This year's  conference took place in Minneapolis, from June 23 to 26, 2014.  The conference theme was Reshaping the Wellness Landscape: The Next Five Years.  Keynote presentations were made by several major figures in the wellness world, including Mary Jo Kreitzer. the founder and director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing, Michael Arloski, a leader in the world of wellness coaching, and David L. Katz, the founder and director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center.

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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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