Deborah Norris, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Norris is the 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.
A health scientist with over 30 years of experience in research, clinical application and education, Dr. Norris brings meditation and other lifestyle wellness programs to the forefront of your health plan.
Dr. Norris has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in psychology/ psychopharmacology.
She is the Founder and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing program and Psychologist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at American University.
Dr. Norris teaches and conducts research in behavioral medicine, and other complementary and alternative approaches to wellbeing.
Dr. Norris was previously on the faculty in the Psychiatry Department at Georgetown University Medical School, and taught research principles in psychopharmacology to the Medical residents at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Norris worked for 15 years as a health scientist specializing in neurotoxicology and environmental illnesses at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where she authored USEPA Neurotoxicity Testing Guidelines, and was the U.S. lead scientist for the European OECD Neurotoxicity Testing Guidelines.
also co-authored the USEPA and the OECD Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing Guidelines and numerous regulations and Test Rules.
has studied a number of mind-body-spirit modalities.
has intensive training through the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies
in the theory and practice of Gestalt Psychotherapy and meditation.
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 is an instructor for the Arthritis Foundation.
is 200-hr ERYT certified with Yoga Alliance
In her quest for continuing education in healing modalities, Dr. Norris is also trained and certified in a number of forms of bioenergetic healing, including Reconnective Healing (TM) with Dr. Eric Pearl.
Dr. Norris has over forty years of experience in health sciences, exercise and dance, receiving her first NSF Research Fellowship at NIH in 1974, and apprenticing with the New York City Ballet in 1976.
practice, Dr. Norris
integrates lifestyle elements of meditation, physical exercise, spiritual development, relaxation therapy, energy work, imagery, nutrition and herbalism for maximal health and happiness!
Working with you and your physicians, Dr. Norris
and the team members of The Mindfulness Center
can help you formulate an integrative approach to your health care.
Deborah Norris, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director, The Mindfulness Center
Adjunct Professor & Director of The Psychobiology of Healing Program,