Dr. Carmack has 30 years of teaching experience in higher education as a multi-disciplinary scholar as well as 20 years of concurrent experience as a yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, leadership coach, consultant and author. She is world-renowned for her advocacy efforts promoting yoga, mindfulness and self-compassion to advance public health.
Dr. Suzie Carmack is an award-winning yoga therapist, well-being promotion scholar/practitioner, and trusted c-suite advisor to federal and global government agencies. She is the best-selling author of Well-Being Ultimatum (2015) and Genius Breaks (2017), and was the leading science contributor on the topic of stress management for Weight Loss for Life (2022) published by Johns Hopkins Press. Her current applied research explores the efficacy of bringing evidence-based yoga, self-compassion and communication practices into healthcare, education, and military workforce settings to reduce the prevalence of diseases of despair while improving leadership and team performance, engagement and well-being.
Over the course of her 30-year career, Dr. Carmack has served as the personal yoga therapist and leadership well-being coach for 100's of senior c-suite leaders and their teams in the healthcare, military and education fields while concurrently teaching in higher education and leading enterprise-level health efforts at state, federal and global levels. Based on her advocacy efforts to destigmatize the practices of yoga and mindful movement in office and school settings, she was personally commissioned by the Pan American / World Health Organization to design three annual campaigns for their own teams in North, Central and South America: the mindful movement vitamin (2013); putting mindfulness to work (2014) and kindness in leadership (2015). In 2016, she led the award-winning change management and national stakeholder engagement efforts that enabled the Cloud to launch at the CDC to improve public health data reporting. In 2018, the U.S. Air Force Combat Command commissioned Dr. Carmack to design and deliver the first-ever resilience training for senior leaders (2-, 3-, and 4-star general officers). During the onset of the 2020 pandemic, the U.S. Treasury Department commissioned Dr. Carmack to train GS-15 and SES leaders from all 45 U.S. government agencies in the practice of compassionate leadership and engagement. Since 2002, she has trained 1000's of yoga teachers, yoga therapists, fitness professionals, public health practitioners and health coaches on 5 continents in applied practice.
Dr. Carmack currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda (YTA) for the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), where she guides the YTA department's academic programs and trains future yoga therapists in the world's only M.S. / CIAYT program. She also serves as a Senior Scholar for the Center for the Advancement (CWB) of Well-being at George Mason University; as an Education Advisory Board Member for the MedFit Education Foundation and as the CEO of YogaMedCo, LLC. She lectures internationally to share her thought leadership, applied research and teaching pedagogy.
Selected Publications & Presentations
Carmack, S., et. al. (2022) Integrative Health and Well-Being Coaching in a Clinical Academic Setting: A Pilot Study. American Public Health Association National Conference. Boston, MA
Carmack, S. (2022) Genius Breaks: How To Think More Creatively Through Micro-Breaks of Mindfulness, Meaning, and Movementn. U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (National Webinar). Virtual.
Carmack, S. and Joseph, D. (2022) Social Safety Begins with Me, We and Us. U.S. Department of Education Summit. (National Webinar) Virtual
Carmack, S. (April 2019). U.S. Physicians’ Burnout: A Systems-level problem in need of a socio- ecological solution. In Sturmberg, J., ed. (2018) Embracing Complexity in Health: the Transformation of science, practice and policy. Springer.
Carmack, S. (2017). Genius Breaks: How to optimize your workday performance and well-being. Body Doctrine Press: Fairfax, VA.
Ahmadian, M., Carmack, S., Samah, A. A., Kreps, G., & Saidu, M. B. (2016). Psychosocial Predictors of Breast Self-Examination among Female Students in Malaysia: A Study to Assess the Roles of Body Image, Self-efficacy and Perceived Barriers. Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP, 17(3), 1277-1284.
Carmack, S., Thompson, G., Brewer, R. (2015). Operation Live Well: A 20-Year Strategy Plan for Bringing Military Health to a Culture of Wellness. Washington, DC. Booz Allen Hamilton.
Carmack, S. (2015). Well-Being Ultimatum: A Self-care guide for strategic healers - those who live in the service, leadership and healing of others. Body Doctrine: Fairfax, VA.
Co-PI, Stakeholder Engagement: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program.
Co-PI, Curriculum Designer: Well-Being Ultimatum Leadership Training, U.S. Air Force 37th Training Wing
Carmack, S. (2014). Making Sense of Well-being: A mixed-methods study applying sense-making theory to explore the role ofinterpersonal communication competence and social support in physical, mental, emotional and comprehensive well-being. Doctoral dissertation. (George Mason University).
Yoga 611: Yoga Therapy Theoretical Foundations 1
Yoga 612: Health and Disease: Yoga Perspectives and Practices
Yoga 614: Yoga Therapy Theoretical Foundations 2: Mind and Spirit
Yoga 615: Breath and Health
Excellence in Teaching Core Curriculum (University)
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