The Mindfulness Center was founded in 2009, by Deborah Norris, Ph.D. and her two daughters, Jessie and Jacqueline.
In 1996, Debbie
was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia, which left her
in chronic pain; doctors said there was no cure and nothing could be done.
Debbie, a research scientist, began researching other underlying causes of her condition and took up practices to reverse these causes.
began doing things to gradually increase her
physical, mental and emotional well-being, this included gentle yoga for the physical pain, nutritional changes to increase her
energy and using meditation to relieve stress.
By incorporating these practices, Debbie
condition and returned to an active, healthy life.
After an accident in 1999, Debbie
suffered a traumatic brain injury and was diagnosed with seizures, impaired vision and chronic headaches.
Once again, Debbie researched ways
to heal herself using mind and body practices, and once again, Debbie
was able to heal herself and live a healthy life free of seizures and pain.
This personal health journey is what led Debbie
family to open The Mindfulness Center
: to continue to explore mind-body practices through research, practice and teachings, and spread this information to others, so that all may enjoy health, happiness and optimal well-being.
Together with a team of health experts and educators, they seek to create a model of the new paradigm for health care.
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Deborah Norris, Ph.D., Founder and President
Dr. Norris is the Founder and President of The Mindfulness Center.
She is a health scientist and pioneer in the field of Mindfulness with over 40 years of experience in education, research and programming.
Also an innovative businesswoman, Dr. Norris
leads a team of over 100 therapists, health care providers, faculty members, researchers, business and development personnel, board members and volunteers toward a new healthcare paradigm.
The community health programs led by Dr. Norris
and conducted in collaboration between The Mindfulness
Center and area hospitals, government agencies, schools and other non-profits, represent the forefront of integrative healthcare, empowering community members to live healthier, more mindful and fulfilling lives.
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 integrative approaches to wellbeing.
Trained extensively in mind-body therapies, ranging from traditional medical and psychotherapeutic practices to holistic and integrative therapies and lifestyle practices, Dr. Norris brings meditation and other lifestyle wellness programs to the forefront of your health plan.
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 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 National Science Foundation 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 President, The Mindfulness Center
Adjunct Professor & Director of The Psychobiology of Healing Program,