Ruth Wolever, PhD., NBC-HWC

Dr. Ruth Wolever, Ph.D.NBC-HWC, is a clinical health psychologist with 25 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs for medical patients and those at risk for chronic disease. She is an internationally recognized expert on Health and Wellness Coaching and one of the elected leaders of the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), a non-profit organization that has launched the only national certification for health and wellness coaches that requires demonstration of skill. 

Before joining Vanderbilt, Dr. Wolever was the Founding Research Director for Duke Integrative and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. At Duke, she collaboratively developed, led, and studied 19 distinct programs targeting stress and behavior changes using cutting edge conceptual models and techniques.

 Dr. Wolever is also a national leader in the study of mindfulness-based approaches to self-regulation and lifestyle change (particularly stress and eating behaviors, binge eating, weight loss, and weight loss maintenance), as well as innovative treatments for medication adherence, insomnia, tinnitus, and other stress-related disorders. Her clinical research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NCCAM, Office of Women's Health, NHLBI, and NIDCD), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, industry, and philanthropy. Dr. Wolever has also co-authored The Mindful Diet, released in April by Simon & Schuster. Dr. Wolever has served as an expert in emotional health and behavior change for Everyday Health on the web, for GlaxoSmithKline, for Nurtr (a fully-owned subsidiary of Centene), for the Samueli Institute, and for clinics on better-integrating behavior health into primary care models. Finally, Dr. Wolever serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for eMindful.

See Dr. Wolever's research referenced in this New York Times Article!