Overview

Ms. Smith has over 25 years in the fields of wellness and integrative health. An educator, researcher, health coach, and mind-body practitioner, she teaches at multiple universities and medical schools at the the undergraduate and graduate levels and holds leadership positions in national public health and health coaching organizations.

Professional Narrative

Katherine Smith, MPH, NBC-HWC, ACC is a Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), teaching in their health and wellness coaching and health promotion departments. She got her MPH in Health Behavior from the University of Michigan. With 25 years in the field of health and wellness, she is also Adjunct Faculty at the George Washington University School of Public Health, Georgetown University and Meharry Medical College, where she teaches mindfulness and health coaching to students and staff. In addition to her University work, Ms. Smith has spent several years teaching and training as part of the Veterans Administration Whole Health Initiative. She conducts research on worksite wellness and coaching and was the 2021 recipient of the MUIH Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award. She serves on the American Public Health Association (APHA), Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices Executive Committee and the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) Research Commission.

Selected Publications & Presentations

• Smith, K., Wingo, CJ., Pille, R., Barrett, C., Breon, A. & Davis, K. (2021). An individualized worksite wellness program at a small integrative health university: 1-year follow-up. [Abstract] Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 10:1-64. https://doi.org/10.1177/21649561211003689

• Yen, L., Smith, K., Hays, L. Oijala, J. & Wolever, R. (2021). The Feasibility and Acceptability of Health and Wellness Coaching for Neuroendocrine Tumor Patients and their Caregivers. [Abstract] Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 10: 1-64. https://doi.org/10.1177/21649561211003689

• Ahmann, E., Leiken, S., Smith, K., Ellington, L. & Pille, R. (2020). Exploring health literacy and its relationship to health and wellness coaching. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 18(2): online on August 1, 2020.

• Smith, K., Wingo, CJ., Pille, R., Barrett, C., Breon, A. & Davis, K. (2020). Effects of an individualized worksite wellness program at a small integrative health university: A pilot program. [Abstract] Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 9:1-204. https://doi.org/10.1177/2164956120912849

• Ahmann, E., Smith, K., Ellington, L. & Pille, R. (2020). Health and wellness coach collaboration with psychiatrist in multimodal intervention for ADHD. Permanente Journal, 24 (1):86-93.

• Smith, K., Wingo, CJ., Pille, R., Barrett, C., Breon, A. & Davis, K. (2020). Effects of an individualized worksite wellness program at a small integrative health university: A pilot program. [Abstract] Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 9:1-204. https://doi.org/10.1177/2164956120912849

• Yen, L., Smith, K., Hays, L. Oijala, J. & Wolever, R. The Feasibility and Acceptability of Health and Wellness Coaching for Neuroendocrine Tumor Patients and their Caregivers. Presented at the virtual Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health’s 2021 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium, April, 2021.

• Wolever, R.Q., Pedigo, V., Dreusicke, M., Smith, K., Cawthon, G., Hays, L., Maddenini, R., Yen, L., Chatterjee, T., Fonteh, A., Kosey, J., Wyche-Etheridge, K., Frazier, N., Costa, K., Aiken, B., Westervelt, K.C., May, S., Lee, D., Tesfay, R., Stewart, K.L., & Gault, A. (2021, April 12). Eliciting Motivation in Clinical Encounters in 5 Minutes: A Conversation Roadmap and Skills Workshop. Workshop presented at the virtual Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health’s 2021 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium, April, 2021.

• Smith, KD. Effects of an Individualized Worksite Wellness Program at a Small Integrative Health University. Presented as Faculty Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award recipient at virtual Maryland University of Integrative Health Scientific Research

Courses

Health Promotion

Personal Narrative

I am a new Instructor for the Georgetown Health and Wellness Coaching program. I have facilitated mind-body skills groups for Georgetown medical students for several years and am thrilled to join the coaching team. Outside of Georgetown, I am a Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), teaching in their health and wellness coaching and health promotion departments. I am also Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University, where I teach mindfulness, and Meharry Medical College, where I train new medical students in health coaching skills. Additionally, I work on a contract with the Veterans Administration (VA) to train VA staff to become health and wellness coaches. I coach private clients from my home, many of whom are caregivers or patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETS), a rare form of cancer. I love supporting my clients in attaining their vision of health whatever their medical condition.

I have been in the field of integrative medicine for 25 years, focusing on health, wellness, and healing. Over the years, I received clinical training in mind-body relaxation, advanced training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), and certifications in mindfulness and teaching mindfulness in educational ses

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