Faculty

Keynote Speakers

Katarina Blom, PhDKatarina Blom

Katarina Blom, PhD, is a happiness psychologist who focuses on how we can create sustainable well-being during times of change. Dr. Blom stars in the NBC reality series "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning.” where she helps individuals not only come to terms with mortality but also enrich their lives by forging deeper connections with loved ones through the treasures passed down within their homes. Her TedX Talk, "You Don't Find Happiness, You Create It," has been viewed 5 million times. Read more

 

Chris Palmer, MDChris Palmer, MD

Chris Palmer, MD, is a Harvard psychiatrist and researcher working at the interface of metabolism and mental health. He is the Founder and Director of the Metabolic and Mental Health Program and the Director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For almost 30 years, he has held administrative, educational, research, and clinical roles in psychiatry at McLean and Harvard. Read more

 

Martin Picard, PhD Martin Picard, PhD

Martin Picard, PhD directs the Mitochondrial Psychobiology Group at Columbia University Irving Medical School, which investigates organelle-to-organism communication linking the human experience with molecular and energetic processes inside mitochondria. His laboratory has identified novel membrane structures for mitochondrial communication in rare mitochondrial diseases, showed that cell-free mitochondrial DNA (cf-mtDNA) is a psychological stress-inducible molecule detectable in blood and saliva, and developed a mitochondrial health index (MHI) to study the mind-mitochondria connection in immune cells and brain tissue. Read more

 

David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, MDivDavid R. Williams, PhD, MPH, M. Div

David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, MDiv, is the Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His prior faculty appointments were at Yale University and the University of Michigan. An internationally recognized social scientist, his research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. Read more

Distinguished Faculty

Chika Anekwe, MD, MPH, Preventive Medicine and Obesity Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Miguel Anglada, LICSW, Employee Assistance Counselor/Coordinator, US Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Investigation

Margaret Baim, MS, NP, Director, Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine

Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH, Physician/Clinical Investigator, Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Susan Biali Haas, MD, Professional speaker, educator, and executive coach

Barbara Canada, MBA, Administrative Director, Massachusetts General Hospital, Revere Health Center

Christopher Celano, MD, Associate Director, Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Rana Chudnofsky, MEd, Certified PART Instructor

Amy Comander, MD, Medical Director, Mass General Cancer Center-Waltham; Director, Breast Oncology Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Helen Delichatsios, MD, Preventive Medicine and Nutrition Education Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

John Denninger, MD, PhD, Director of Clinical Training, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Meghan Feldpausch, NP, Nurse practitioner, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

Donna Felsenstein, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Lucy Finkelstein-Fox, PhD, Psychologist and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

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

Barry Friedman, Owner, Finding Balance Tai Chi

Chin Ho Fung, MD, Staff Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Revere Health Center; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Bizu Gelaye, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Kristen Gilmore, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, NE-BC, Program Manager for Nurse Well-Being, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals; SMART-Certified Healthcare Clinician

Daniel Hall, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Aude Henin, PhD, Director, Child Resiliency Programs, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Co-Director, Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Felipe Jain, MD, Director of Healthy Aging Studies, Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Tara Jones, MEd, Certified PART Instructor

Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Franklin King, MD, Staff Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Tom Klisiewicz, CPLP, Certified PART Instructor

Matthew Kowalski, DC, Chiropractor, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Sara Lazar, PhD, Associate Researcher in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

L. Elizabeth "Liz" Lincoln, MD, Staff Physician, Benson-Henry Institute; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Christina Luberto, PhD, Staff Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

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

D.C. Mathangi, PhD, Professor and Head of Mind Body Medicine and Life Style Sciences at Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research; Certified PART Instructor

John Matthews, MD, Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Paula McCree, MS, Certified PART Instructor

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; 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

Maren Nyer, PhD, Director of Yoga Studies and Associate Director, Research Coordinator Program, Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP), Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Elyse Park, PhD, MPH, Director of Behavioral Health Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Giselle Perez, PhD, Director, Mind-Body Resiliency Clinical Program, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center; Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Service, MGH

Shalu Ramchandani, MD, Staff Physician, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Medicine, Part-time, Harvard Medical School

Katherine Rosa, PhD, FNP-BC, Co-Director, SMART Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Part-time, Harvard Medical School

Silvia Ruíz Cala, MD, Psychiatrist, Javeriana University; SMART-Certified Healthcare Clinician

Mark Salvatore, MD, Clinical Director, Pediatric Mind Body Medicine Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Howard Sesso, ScD, MPH, Associate Director, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Kei Slaughter, MA, MFA, BMT, Music Therapist; Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music

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

Louisa Sylvia, PhD, Associate Director, Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation; Director, Office of Women's Careers, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Ahmed Tawakol, MD, Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Denise Velazquez, LCSW, Senior Social Worker, Montefiore Children’s Hospital

Peter Wayne, PhD, Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Gloria Yeh, MD, Director of Mind-Body Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Director, HMS Research Fellowship in Integrative Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Ryan Zaklin, MD, MA, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Salem Hospital