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Dr. Deborah Norris is internationally renowned Author of "In the Flow: Bridging the Science and Practice of Mindfulness", and numerous other chapters and scientific articles. Founder of The Mindfulness Center, based in the Washington, D.C. area, she has taught meditation, yoga and related mind-body therapies at The American University and Georgetown University Medical School. Her practices range from traditional medical and psychotherapeutic therapies to holistic, integrative and lifestyle practices. A health scientist with over 40 years of experience in research, clinical application and education, Dr. Norris brings meditation, yoga, and other lifestyle wellness programs to the forefront of health care. Dr. Norris has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in psychology. She is the Founder and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing program and Psychologist-in-Residence in the Department of Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience at American University. Dr. Norris teaches and conducts research in meditation and yoga therapy and other mind-body approaches to well-being. Dr. Norris has studied a number of mind-body-spirit modalities. She has intensive training through the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies in the theory and practice of Gestalt Psychotherapy and meditation. She has also trained with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Integrating her studies of mind and body, Dr. Norris is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and is certified in exercise physiology by the American College of Sports Medicine and other certifying organizations. She has been an instructor for the Arthritis Foundation. She is 500-hr ERYT certified with Yoga Alliance, and a yoga therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In her quest for continuing education in healing modalities, Dr. Norris is also trained and certified in a number of forms of bio-energetic healing. Dr. Norris has nearly 50 years of experience in health sciences, exercise and dance, receiving her first National Science Foundation Research Fellowship in Behavioral Genetics at NIH in 1974. Integrating studies of mind and body, practice and science, Debbie apprenticed with the New York City Ballet in 1976. She also danced with members of the Royal Danish Ballet and the Harkness Ballet. She danced with Broadway dancer Honya Holm, and taught with Modern Dancer Erika Thimey in Washington, D.C. in 1975. In addition to yoga, ballet and modern dance, Debbie has studied traditional Spanish Dance, African Dance, Jazz and Hindu dance forms; as well as teaching Ballroom dance. Dr. Norris was previously on the faculty in the Psychiatry Department at Georgetown University Medical School, and taught Medical residents at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. With a background in research in electro-encephalography, studying shifts in the electromagnetic fields of the brain and body, she is a true expert in the neuroscience of energy medicine. Dr. Norris worked for 15 years as a health scientist specializing in neurobehavioral science at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where she authored USEPA research Testing Guidelines, and was the U.S. lead scientist for the European OECD Neurotoxicity Testing Guidelines Committee. She also co-authored the USEPA and the OECD Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing Guidelines and numerous regulations and Test Rules. She has been a health consultant to the C.D.C, the N.I.H and the F.D.A. In her practice, Dr. Norris integrates lifestyle elements of meditation, physical exercise, spiritual development, relaxation therapy, energy work, imagery, nutrition and herbs for maximal health and happiness! She is both a pioneer and a leader in holistic health and the New Health Care Paradigm.
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Professor of Psychology, specializing in Mindfulness and Behavoral Medicine
Ph.D., C-IAYT, ERYT500
Professor of Psychology, American University; Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown Univeristy School of Medicine, Certifications: International Alliance of Yoga Therapists, C-IAYT, IAYT Continuing Professional Development Provider, Yoga Alliance ERYT-500, Yoga Alliance YACEP Certified Education Provider, American College of Sports Medicine American Council on Exercise Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Arthritis Foundation, PACE American Society of Clinical Hypnosis National Guild of Hypnotherapists Washington Center for Consciousness Studies: Meditation, and Gestalt Psychotherapy; published author specializing in mindfulness; Norris, DO and Hutchinson A., “Mindfulness: The Neurobehavioral Basis of Resilience”, Chapter in Bullet Proofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans, Editors, Kate Hendricks Thomas and David Albright, Praeger Publishing January, 2018. Curtin, KB and Norris, D., “The relationship between chronic musculoskeletal pain, anxiety and mindfulness: Adjustments to the Fear-Avoidance Model of Chronic Pain”. October, 2017. Scandinavian Journal of Pain. Bowles, SV., Millegan, J., Berry, KG., Bunt, CW., Gassaway, JB., Pastel, RH., Norris, DO. Christopherson, C., Leggit, JC, Crawford, C., Schmitt, A., Howick, J. “Use of Mindfulness and Acupuncture in the American Military”. Chapter in Handbook of Military Psychology: Clinical and Organizational Practice, Editors Stephen V. Bowles and Paul T. Bartone, Springer, October, 2017. Norris, DO, In the Flow, Second Edition: Bridging the Science and Practice of Mindfulness, CreateSpace Publishing, October, 2017. Norris, DO, In the Flow: Passion, Purpose and the Power of Mindfulness, CreateSpace Publishing, November, 2016. Nassif, TH, Norris, DO, Soltes, KL, Blackman, MR, Chapman, JC, Sandbrink, F., Mindfulness Meditation and Chronic Pain Management in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study, Journal Military Behavioral Health, Nov 17, 2015. Stinley, NE. Norris, D. Hinds, P., Creating Mandalas for the Management of Acute Pain Symptoms in Pediatric Patients. Art Therapy 32, 46-53, 2015. Nassif, TH, Norris, DO, Soltes, KL, Blackman, MR, Chapman, JC, Sandbrink, F. 2014. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in U.S Veterans Using the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS), Annals of American Academy of Pain Medicine. Nassif, TH, Norris, DO, Soltes, KL, Sandbrink, F. Blackman, MR, Chapman, JC. 2014. Using Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Pain Management in Combat Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Annals of Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2014. Stinley, NE. Norris, D. Hinds, P., Non-pharmacological management of acute pain symptoms in pediatric patients. Annals of Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2014.
20+ years

1. The Mindfulness Center® offers both a 160-hour Meditation Teacher Training program and an 800-hour Yoga Therapy training program accredited by IAYT, called the Science of Mindful Awareness: Professional Yoga Therapy training, in which mindfulness therapy is featured. I have been teaching these programs since 2009, and in 2015 became the first online meditation teacher training program. These programs are offered in-person in Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland, as well as online.
2. As a Professor of Psychology at American University, I have been teaching mindfulness courses for over 40 years.
3. I am a graduate of the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies, 2-year training program, in Washington, D.C.

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