Program Director: Michelle Pearce, PhD
Dr. Michelle Pearce, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at the Center for Integrative Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She also holds an adjunt faculty position at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Pearce received a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and completed a medical psychology internship and two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center. In addition to being a clinical psychologist, she is also a board certified health and wellness coach. Her program of research examines the role of religion/spirituality in mental and physical health. Her current research focuses on the integration of spirituality into psychotherapy for the treatment of depression, PTSD, and moral injury. Dr. Pearce has developed and implemented numerous wellness programs for medical and graduate students, patients, caregivers, and health care professionals. In addition to directing the Integrative Health and Wellness Program, she will be teaching the Advanced Skills in Integrative Mind-Body Interventions and Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching courses.
Delia Chiaramonte, MD
Dr. Delia Chiaramonte, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine. She is the Associate Director and Director of Education for the Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Chiaramonte is a Board Certified family physician with additional Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine. Her clinical experience includes full spectrum family medicine, integrative medicine, private patient advocacy and serving as a hospice team medical director. She has extensive experience teaching health and wellness topics to both medical and non medical learners and has won awards for teaching excellence. Her clinical interests are integrative palliative care, medical education, and integrative mental health. Dr. Chiaramonte instructs the Clinical Application of Integrative Health and Wellness course.
Alejandro Chaoul, PhD
Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, is an assistant professor and Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group meditation classes for cancer patients and their support system, has a meditation clinic consultation as part of the Integrative Medicine Center, and directs the education programs. He is also an associate faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. His research and publications focus on mind-body practices in integrative care, examining how these practices can reduce chronic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and improve quality of life. He is the author of “Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition” (SnowLion, 2009) and has also published in the area of religion and medicine, medical anthropology and the interface of spirituality and healing. Dr. Chaoul is the instructor for the Introduction to Integrative Health and Biological and Body-Based Interventions course.