Ruth Q. Wolever
Mindfulness and Coaching: Leveraging Emerging Neuroscience to Create Change 


Date: Monday, June 6, 2016

Time: 7 pm ET/4 pm PT

Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD is the Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching: Research, Practice & Education through the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Ruth is also an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She is a clinical health psychologist with 22 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs for medical patients and those at risk for chronic disease.

Ruth is a nationally recognized expert on Health and Wellness Coaching and one of the elected leaders of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (, a non-profit organization leading the first national certification for health coaches in the US. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Ruth was the Founding Research Director for Duke Integrative Medicine and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Duke School of Medicine. She co-developed the first team of Integrative Health Coaches at Duke in 2002, oversaw their work until 2008, and again from 2011 to 2013. Ruth is also a national leader in the study of mindfulness-based approaches to self-regulation and lifestyle change, as well as innovative treatments for medication adherence, insomnia, tinnitus, and other stress-related disorders. Her clinical research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NCCAM/NCCIH, Office of Women’s Health, NHLBI, NIDCD), CMS, US Air Force, industry, and philanthropy. Ruth has served as an expert in emotional health and behavior change for Everyday Health, GlaxoSmithKline, Nurtur, the Samueli Institute, and eMindful.