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Spirituality Mind Body Institute Masters Program

Program Founder

The SMBI MA Program offers a unique pedagogical model as a "crossroads" for spiritual leaders and thinkers from around the globe. SMB prioritizes experiential learning interfaced with science, insights from world traditions and diverse spiritual practices. This pedagogical model was designed by Dr. Lisa Miller based upon twenty years of teaching on spirituality in psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Originally offered in the late 1990s as a single class, SMB has grown to house the first Ivy League graduate degree program focused on spirituality and psychology!

Lisa  Miller, Ph.D.

Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), and Professor of Psychology & Education

Lisa Miller, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she also founded and directs the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, to innovate, disseminate and train healers in foundationally spiritual treatments.

Dr. Miller solo edited the Oxford University Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality (2012) and has published over seventy articles and chapters on spirituality in mental health and wellness.  She has been Principle Investigator on several million dollars of grants from corporate and family foundations as well as NIMH.

Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Press), Dr. Miller also serves as Associate Editor of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, the journal of APA Society of Spirituality and Psychology, for which she has been President and now is APA Council Representative.

Dr. Miller has been elected to Fellow of the American Psychological Association and awarded the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award.  She is a graduate of Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, where she studied under Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and Columbia University.
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