Embodied Researchers

Luann Drolc Fortune (lfortune@saybrook.edu), LMT, PhD is Director of Instructional Excellence and the Practice and Health Care Systems (HCS) Specializations in Saybrook’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences.  She has a PhD in Human Development, is a life-long inter-disciplinarian, and a massage therapist.  She is a Fellow at Fielding University’s Institute of Social Innovation, and on the executive committees for the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) and the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences (SPHS).

Luann’s research interests include integrative wellness practices, as well as somatic awareness and embodiment techniques for scholarship, research, and practice.  Recent studies include phenomenological investigations of mid-life scholar practitioners and family caregivers. Many of her conference papers are published on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luann_DROLC_Fortune

Stephanie Lindsay, PhD, teaches at the School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University and also serves on faculty at Montana State University . She completed her doctoral studies at Gonzaga University in Leadership Studies in which she produced interdisciplinary research using arts based modalities to explore the authentic performance of leadership and followership. A once professional modern dancer and choreographer, she now uses the movement-based expressive arts to create transformative experiences in individuals and organizations.

Ann Ritter is a doctoral student in Human and Organizational Development at Fielding University, where she is completing her dissertation on embodied experiences of the divine among contemporary Quakers. In her professional life, she teaches and consults on embodiment and authenticity in personal and organizational communication. She also teaches Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, and has a private yoga therapy practice.

Cliff Smyth, MS, is a doctoral student in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, where he also serves as a teaching fellow. Cliff’s undergraduate studies were in continental sociology, anthropological methods, and education at LaTrobe University (Melbourne, Australia). Cliff has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method for over 20 years.

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