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Ms. Alice M. Miller

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Deputy Executive Director

Local Address: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Columbia University
64 Morningside Dr.
New York , New York 10027
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1922, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex...   more

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  • Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A.
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“Spirituality and depression are one ..., 2 Dec 2013 [cached]
“Spirituality and depression are one journey†- Dr. Lisa Miller "Spirituality and depression are one journey" - Dr. Lisa Miller | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
"Spirituality and depression are one journey" - Dr. Lisa Miller
One of the speakers, Lisa Miller, PhD, presented her talk Spirituality Protects Against Recurrence of Depression: Science at Multiple Levels of Analysis.
Dr. Miller is Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she founded and directs the Spirituality Mind Body Institute. She is also the Associate Editor of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice.
During her presentation, Miller shared that a ten-year study on religiosity and major depression revealed that despair was often correlated with spiritual awakening. She mentioned that those on spiritual quests sound very similar to those suffering with depression.
"Suffering," Miller said, "is a direct porthole to spiritual awakening. Spirituality and depression are essentially one journey. And those who experience spiritual awakenings are ninety percent less likely to suffer depression again."
Dr. Miller spoke in Houston of the neuro-correlates of spirituality. She mentioned studies that showed how spirituality improved brain functions. She also shared that the brain patterns of study participants who had symptoms of depression showed similar activity between those given Prozac and those utilizing forms of spirituality.
Miller also explained that girls' outward signs of puberty grew in sync with their becoming more aware of the sacred. Spirituality and depression co-emerged.
Miller then asked conference attendees how they could help adolescents with developmental depression. And she answered for them, "We must support their spiritual emergence. Their quest must be taken seriously."
During the presentation, Dr. Miller explained that an adolescent's spirituality emerges first with close relationships.
Miller explained the importance of adolescents having a spiritual guide, someone to help them through the coming of age process. The child turns to a guide to form a map, the meaning of life.
Whether the guide is a parent or not, the crucial element in this help is love. Miller shared, "The taste of love is more powerful than anything said. Encouragement, not measurement; love instead of judgment is needed."
Again, Miller told attendees that an adolescent's spirituality emerges first with a close relationship. These relationships may be formed with another person, with nature, or directly with their Deity.
I have always felt that children yearn for a close relationship with the divine. They do so because they are, first and foremost, spiritual beings. And the divine source of love reveals itself to each child in ways that the child can feel and understand.
Dr. Miller provided several case-study writings by adolescents.
Dr. Miller's presentation prompted me to ask myself, "Why do those on spiritual quests sound similar to those suffering with depression?"
Dr. Lisa Miller
"Spirituality and depression are one journey" - Dr. Lisa Miller
As Lisa Miller, Ph.D., ..., 1 May 2013 [cached]
As Lisa Miller, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University's Teachers College and researcher on the effects of spirituality, notes, "Kids who develop a sense of a loving higher power or a guiding force - whether they call it God, creator, Allah, or simply "loving universe" - are 80 percent less likely to suffer major depression and 50 percent less likely to suffer from substance abuse as teens.
The Miller Institute - Board Members, 14 Mar 2015 [cached]
Alice M. Miller, Secretary of the Corporation and Chief Financial Officer
Alice Miller
In addition to her role as Chief Financial Officer for The Miller Institute, Alice is the Director of Knowledge Management for the California Charter Schools Association, where she provides charter school leaders with information and training on all charter school issues, including finance, board governance, petition writing, curriculum and facilities.
Alice was a co-founder of California's first charter school, the San Carlos Charter Learning Center and founded two other charter high schools, Aurora High School and San Carlos High School. Alice worked for the California Network of Educational Charters in various roles from 1996-2003, including serving as CANEC's Bay Area Region Coordinator. During her tenure as the administrator and CFO for Aurora High School, Alice led the successful effort against a California district's first challenge to Prop 39 facilities. Alice's other main interest is technology, and she has been the technology coordinator for several schools and school districts.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice, 7 Mar 2015 [cached]
Alice Miller Yale Law School
Alice Miller (Treasurer): ..., 3 April 2015 [cached]
Alice Miller (Treasurer): Ms. Miller is a co-founder of California's first charter school, the San Carlos Learning Center, and a founder of two charter high schools. Ms. Miller worked for the California Network of Educational Charters from 1996-2003, and most recently was CAENC's Bay Area Region Coordinator. She was also the Administrator and CFO for Aurora High School. Currently Ms. Miller is the director of Knowledge Management for the California Charter School Association. She is married to her high school sweetheart, is the proud mother of three sons and bakes a mean apple pie.
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