This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in recognizing the role of the spiritual dimensions of life as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity—in combination with the latest research—make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.
After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. Her first faculty position was at the Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. After the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, and returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Shortly after that, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.
In the early 1980's, Dr. Borysenko co-founded a Mind/Body clinic with Dr. Benson and Dr. Ilan Kutz; she also became licensed as a psychologist, and taught medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her years of clinical experience and research culminated in the 1987 publication of the New York Times best seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, which sold over 400,000 copies. She has since authored or co-authored 13 books and numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special Inner Peace for Busy People. She is the Founding Partner of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC located in Boulder, Colorado and the Director of The Claritas Institute Interspiritual Mentor Training Program.
Joan hosts a weekly Internet radio show, Your Soul's Compass, for Hay House and Joan is one of the most popular and sought after speakers in the field of health, healing, and spirituality.