For over 30 years, Dr. Pille has been an advocate and leader for integrating holistic approaches to how we manage behavior change for organizations and for individuals. Her background includes research in health promotion, health and wellness coaching, workplace wellness, and complementary and integrative health.

Professional Narrative

Before joining MUIH in 2015, Dr. Pille was a recognized leader in workplace wellness in the federal government (2004-2015). She directed all aspects of a federal agency's Health Promotion & Wellness organization, to include managing a staff of clinical and administrative personnel who delivered holistic health programs and services to a global workforce. To engender a culture of wellness at work, she established a corporate wellness infrastructure consisting of a senior executive-level Wellness Council, a health practitioner Wellness Working Group, and an employee Wellness Ambassadors program.

After a year as Adjunct Faculty for MUIH's Health Promotion department, she served as the Chair for MUIH's Health and Wellness Coaching (HWC) Department (2016-2021). The department offers two programs' Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and a Master of Arts degree. Her small-but-mighty leadership team enhanced the programs with higher standards, academic rigor, and unique features that can compete with other highly-respected coaching programs.

Dr. Pille recently returned to MUIH's adjunct faculty cadre as Adjunct Associate Professor. She teaches for three departments' Health and Wellness Coaching, Health Promotion, and Integrative Health Studies. In addition to her formal education, she earned certificates in Wellness Counseling & Bodymind Consciousness; Health and Wellness Coaching; and Workplace Wellness. Dr. Pille is currently serving as Chair for MUIH's Faculty Senate (2021-2023).

Over the years, Dr. Pille has shared her knowledge and experience with federal and state departments and agencies, Institute of Medicine, Samueli Institute, UM Center for Integrative Medicine, Brazil's Salgado Institute for Integrative Health, USDA Graduate School, and Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences.

Dr. Pille values and respects the diversity that students bring into the classroom. For every course taught, she
sets an intention to create a safe and welcoming space by appreciating diverse and intersectional backgrounds and perspectives related to gender, gender identity, sexuality, ability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, religion, and culture; addressing unique learning needs both in and outside of class; and incorporating a healing presence into all interactions.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Smith, K., Wingo, C. J., Pille, R., Nault, D., & Davis, K. (2021). Effects of an Individualized Worksite Wellness Program at a Small Integrative Health University: A 2019 Pilot Program with Positive Outcomes Sustained During the COVID-19 Pandemic. [Manuscript in draft].

Ahmann, E., Leikin, 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), pp.83-100. DOI: 10.24384/9qz4-w404.

Ahmann, E., Smith, K., Ellington, L., & Pille, R. (2019). Health and wellness coaching and psychiatric care collaboration in a multimodal intervention for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A case report. Permanente Journal (24)18.256. DOI: https://doi. org/10.7812/TPP/18.256.

Pille, R. (2016). Assessing the relationship between Health Promotion-related Health Literacy and Health Psychology's Sense of Coherence in young adults. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. ProQuest 10130915.


APP700 - Mindfulness, Meditation and Health

IHED637 - Principles and Practices of Behavior Change and Self-care

ISCI631 - Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health

Personal Narrative

Dr. Pille has been happily married for over 38 years with a grown son and a precocious grandson. A recent transplant to Maryland's Eastern Shore, her interests are family and friends, arts and crafts, music, reading, movies, and traveling.

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