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This is the faculty from the 2019 course. 2020 faculty list not yet available.

Keynote Speakers

Helene Langevin, MD

Dr. Langevin is the director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the former director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Langevin’s research has centered around the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual, and movement-based therapies. Her more recent work has focused on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue. She has authored more than 70 original scientific papers and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Langevin received an M.D. degree from McGill University, Montreal. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, and a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin oversees the Federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. With an annual budget of approximately $142 million, NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind and body practices, and pain management. The center also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and Federal programs on research into complementary and integrative health.

 

Charles L. Raison, MD

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Dr. Raison also serves as Director of Clinical and Translational Research for Usona Institute and as Director of Research on Spiritual Health for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. In addition, Dr. Raison has served as mental health expert for CNN.com for many years.

Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. More recently, Dr. Raison has taken a leadership role in the development of psychedelic medicines as potential treatments for major depression. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.” With Vladimir Maletic he is author of The New Mind-Body Science of Depression published by W.W. Norton in 2017. Dr. Raison serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

 

Dan Harris

Dan Harris is co-anchor of both Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC News. He is also the author of 10% Happier, a #1 New York Times best-selling book about a fidgety, skeptical news anchor who stumbles upon meditation. Since releasing the book, Harris has also launched 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, as well as the 10% Happier podcast. The app mixes the irreverence of the book with simple, practical, down-to-earth instructions for meditation. This ancient practice – too long associated exclusively with hippies and robed gurus – has been shown by modern science to boost resilience, focus, creativity, emotional intelligence, and overall mental and physical health. With meditation and mindfulness now being embraced by executives, athletes, educators and entertainers, Harris has become a leading voice for pushing for the practice into the mainstream, using plain English and dry humor.

 

Distinguished Faculty

  • John Abramson, MD, MSc, Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
  • Margaret Baim, MS, NP, Clinical Director of Training; Director, Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
  • Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Mind Body Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH, Physician/Clinical Investigator, Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics; Co-Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and System Biology Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Anne Brewster, MD, Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Stanwood Chang, Tai Chi Instructor, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Rana Chudnofsky, MEd, Director of Resilient Youth Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
  • Mary Susan Convery, LICSW, Clinical Social Work Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • John Denninger, MD, PhD, Director of Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD, MPH, Physician and Researcher, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Elizabeth Frates, MD, Director of Medical School Education, Institute for Lifestyle Medicine; Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Part-time, Harvard Medical School
  • Gregory Fricchione, MD, Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Mind Body Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Aude Henin, PhD, Co-Director, Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Jeffrey Huffman, MD, Director, Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Ted Kaptchuk, BA, Director of the Program in Placebo Studies at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Professor of Medicine and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Keri Layton, ND, Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in Winchester, MA
  • Laura Malloy, LICSW, C-IAYT, Director of Mind Body Program for Successful Aging, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI); Director of Yoga Programs, BHI
  • John Matthews, MD, Medical Director, Bulfinch Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Benson-Henry Institute; Associate Director of Education, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Jacob Mirsky, MD, Staff Physician, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Uma Naidoo, MD, Director of Nutritional & Lifestyle Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Jane Oh, MD, Staff Physician, Park Nicollet Health Partners, Minnesota
  • Olivia Okereke, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Elyse Park, PhD, MPH, Director of Behavioral Health Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Cheryl Pascucci, NP, Nurse Practitioner, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, MA
  • Giselle Perez, PhD, Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Katherine Rosa, PhD, CNP, FNP-BC, Co-Director, SMART Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
  • Jonathon Sikorski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Wellness Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Ellen Slawsby, PhD, Director of Chronic Pain Services, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • James Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine
  • Louisa Sylvia, PhD, Associate Director, Psychology, Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, Resilient Warrior Program, Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program; Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Ahmed Tawakol, MD, Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Profess of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD, Founder and Director, Integrated Brain Health Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Wayne, PhD, Research Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School