The Mindfulness Center

Mindfulness with Debbie Norris, Ph.D.

Dr. Norris is the Founder and Executive Director of The Mindfulness Center. She 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, and is Adjunct Professor 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. As Adjunct Professor at American University, Dr. Norris has also taught Stress Management in the Health/Fitness Department. Dr. Norris can help you identify the causes of stress in your life, and to gain control over stress.

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.

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 certified in exercise physiology by the American College of Sports Medicine and other certifying organizations. She is an instructor for the Arthritis Foundation. 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 thirty years of experience in health sciences, exercise and dance.

In her 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.



Online Resources

* National Institutes of Health

* Emotional Wellness

* Stress Management

* Spiritual Wellness

* American University

* The Mindfulness Center

* American University

* Focus on the Breath to Clear Stress

*  Dr. Norris, American University Professor Profile

*  Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Muskuloskeletal Pain in U.S. Veterans


Debbie Norris and Sierra Bender


Calendar of Dr. Norris’ speaking Events

Capitol Wellness Expo, February 7, 2013, 10:00a to 5:30p, Cannon House Office Building, Rooms 121 and 122.

Psychobiology of Healing Program at AU

Upcoming Workshops/Trainings

Advanced Meditation Seminar Fridays, 10:30-11:30am, April 26th-May 31st