Michelle Pearce, PhD
Program Director, the Graduate School
Dr. Michelle Pearce, PhD is a professor in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and holds an adjunct faculty position at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Pearce received a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and completed a medical psychology internship and two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center. She is a clinical psychologist, licensed to practice in Maryland, and a board certified health and wellness coach. Her program of research examines the role of religion/spirituality in mental and physical health. Her current research focuses on the integration of spirituality into psychotherapy for the treatment of depression, PTSD, and moral injury, as well as a national training for spiritual competency in mental health care. Dr. Pearce has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has also published a book for mental health professionals called “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Tool-Based Primer” and a book for a general audience called “Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity.” Dr. Pearce has developed and implemented numerous wellness programs for medical and graduate students, patients, caregivers, and health care professionals. In addition to directing the Integrative Health and Wellness Program, she will be teaching the Advanced Skills in Integrative Mind-Body Interventions and Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching courses.
Henri Roca, MD
Dr. Henri Roca, MD, is a Family Medicine Physician, a Functional Medicine Specialist and a Diplomat of both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He is the Senior Director of Whole Health Communities at the Whole Health Institute and an Assistant Professor for Family Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr Roca is also certified as a Health and Wellness Coach through the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches and is an acupuncturist, hypnotherapist, registered yoga teacher, massage therapist, and biofeedback practitioner. Dr Roca is certified in Functional Medicine thru the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the Director Emeritus for the nationally recognized Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine. Previously he served as the Clinical Director of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System’s Whole Health Flagship Program and the Program Director of the Integrative Medicine Patient Aligned Care Team for Pain. Dr Roca has also served as the Medical Director for Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine and the Chief of Louisiana State University Medical School’s Division of Integrative Medicine. He also founded the Wholistic Wellness Network across the states of Louisiana, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Dr. Roca instructs the Clinical Application of Integrative Health and Wellness course.
Alejandro Chaoul, PhD
Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, is the Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston, bringing a new approach for helping healthcare professionals flourish by reducing stress and burnout, and improving health, resilience and nourish the human spirit. He is an adjunct professor and former Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, held group meditation classes for cancer patients and their support system, a meditation clinic consultation as part of the Integrative Medicine Center, and directed the education programs. He is also an associate faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. His research and publications focus on mind-body practices in integrative care, examining how these practices can reduce chronic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and improve quality of life. He is the author of “Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition” (SnowLion, 2009), “Tibetan Yoga for Health and Wellbeing” (Hay House, 2018) and has also published in the area of religion and medicine, medical anthropology and the interface of spirituality and healing. Dr. Chaoul is the instructor for the Introduction to Integrative Health and Biological and Body-Based Interventions course.