Deborah Norris, Ph.D.
Psychologist in Residence
Department of Psychology
Additional Positions at AU
Dr. Deborah Norris is Founder and Executive Director of The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda Md. The Mindfulness Center is a non-profit wellness center providing charitable, educational and research programs in mindfulness and other mind-body practices. Dr. Norris conducts research on mindfulness meditation and other forms of behavioral medicine at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and at Children's National Health System.
Dr. Norris is the Director of the Psychobiology of Healing program in the Department of Psychology at American University, where she has taught since 1984. She also previously taught in the Psychiatry Department at Georgetown University Medical School, and in the Health/Fitness Department at AU. Dr. Norris worked for 15 years as a neuroscientist specializing in neurotoxicology and environmental illnesses at the USEPA.
Dr. Norris is a certified yoga instructor, and a clinical exercise physiologist. Dr. Norris lectures nationally on the use of mindfulness and other forms of mind-body medicine in health care, education and in the workplace.
Psychologist-in-Residence and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program in AU’s Department of Psychology, Deborah Norris, Ph.D. recently published a book entitled In the Flow: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Mindfulness. The book describes the function and practice of mindfulness meditation for lowering stress and enabling emotional regulation. It also presents corresponding scientific research and theories about the neurobehavioral mechanisms of action of meditation.
In the Flow is intended for those who experience stress and would like to learn the evidence-basis for gaining greater control of emotions, and for creating more ease in life.
PhD/MA, Psychology/Psychopharmacology, American University
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