The Mindfulness Center

Mind-Body Week, D.C. April 17-19, 2015

Managing Pain with Mind-Body Therapies: Self-Care Modalities

Join The Mindfulness Center and our Sponsors in this ground-breaking event, as we work together to build an integrated community of mind-body medicine researchers and practitioners across healing modalities to promote health and self-healing. Join us for the Research Conference on Friday, April 17, featuring the most pre-eminent scientists and medical researchers in mind-body medicine, with Keynote speaker Dr. Sara Lazar, Massachusettes General Hospital.  Join us on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, for workshops and master classes with the nation's leading teachers, to learn the practices and the current scientific research on Managing Pain with Mind-Body Therapies: Self-Care Modalities.

This ground-breaking public health initiative is designed to increase awareness of the science and practice of evidence-based self-care mind-body practices for health and well-being, emphasizing meditation, yoga, tai chi and qigong. Past events have featured pioneering researchers and practitioners in the field of mind-body medicine including Dr. Herbert Benson, Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine; John Schumacher, Founder and Director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, and Congressman Tim Ryan author of “A Mindful Nation.”  This year, discover the evidence-basis for what is working to heal pain, and promote optimal living and well-being.  Mind-Body Week, D.C. 2015 is brought to you by the nation's leading experts in mind-body science, who comprise the Scientific, Advisory and Planning Committees for this event.


Debbie NorrisDr. Debbie Norris, Host

Deborah Norris, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of The Mindfulness Center, is trained extensively in mind-body therapies, ranging from traditional medical and psychotherapeutic practices to holistic and integrative therapies and lifestyle practices.

Mind-Body Research Conference April 17, 2015

Advisory Committee

Marc R. Blackman, M.D. - Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development in Washington, D.C. VAMC; Assistant Dean for VA Research and Professor of Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine; and Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine

Denise Keyes, M.A. - Senior Associate Dean, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Division of Professional Communication; Founder and Director, Public Relations and Corporate Communications Program; Executive Director, Center for Social Impact Communication, Georgetown University.

Nance Lucas, Ph.D. - Executive Director of the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, George Mason University and Associate Professor of New Century College.

Scientific Committee

Stephen Bowles, Col, Ph.D. - Colonel in US Army and Associate Professor of Behavioral Science National Defense University, President and Chair Healthy Psychological Workplace of the District of Columbia Psychology Association.

Julie C. Chapman, PsyD - Director of Neuroscience, Neurology Service at Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Kevin W. Chen, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Professor, Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Maryland, School of Medicine.

Kamal Gabry, M.D. - FACE, ABIHM, Former Senior Medical Officer, FDA. Former Chief, Unit on Stress-related disorders, NIMH.

Rollin M. Gallagher, M.D., M.P.H. - National Program Director for Pain Management, Veterans Health Administration. Co-Chair, Pain Management Work Group, VA-DoD Health Executive Council. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology, Univ. of Pennsylvania. Editor-in-Chief, PAIN MEDICINE.

Roger Luckmann, M.D., M.P.H. - Associate Professor and Preventive Medicine Residency Director of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Friedhelm Sandbrink, M.D. - Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Psychiatry, and Pain Medicine specialist at the VA Medical Center.

Mind-Body Week DC April 17-19, 2015

Planning Committee

Tiffany Kuo, M.P.H Chairperson of MBW-2015 and serves in a role as Manager, Healthcare Education at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  She received her Bachelor's in Molecular Cell Biology at University of California, Berkeley, and her Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) at Columbia University in the City of New York.  She is certified as a 200-hr holistic yoga teacher and is present to collaborate, integrate and build new healing models in healthcare. 

Allison Rose, M.H.S. - Past Chair of the Mind-Body Week D.C. 2013 planning committee and a current member of The Mindfulness Center’s Board of Directors.  Ms. Rose has over 15 years of experience as a public health researcher with a focus on women’s health issues, health disparities, and community-based research initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Ms. Rose has presented at national and international conferences, served as lead author and co-author on a number of peer-reviewed publications and scientific reports, and was a lead contributor to the wellness and mind-body content of National Cancer Institute’s award-winning website smoke free women.   Ms. Rose has been teaching yoga and fitness in the Washington D.C. area since 2003, and she currently works as a Health and Fitness Specialist at the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional Wellness Center. 


Roxanne Lerner - Development Director at The Mindfulness Center. She is an experienced event management professional with years of success in fundraising and development. Roxanne began her professional career working in Development at a large non-profit organization in New York City and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. Because of her strong belief in the healing power of mind-body practices, Roxanne hopes to continue to spread awareness of the importance of these self-care therapies, through her work at The Mindfulness Center.


Heather Dark, M.S. - Research Assistant at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the Behavioral Biology Branch where she is primarily responsible for drafting manuscripts for publication; assisting with ongoing data collection, management, and analysis; and protocol management.  Heather received her Bachelor's in Psychology at UNCG and her Master's in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland.


Mary Evans - Website Designer and CEO of Digital Media Studios. She received her certificate of graphic and web design from Montgomery College as well as Bachelors of Science in digital media and web technology from The University of Maryland at University College.  She is a 200-hr RYT and Reiki practitioner and specializes in ShantiSites, building websites for holistic healthcare practitioners