Dr. Lisa Miller: How Spirituality Changes Your Brain + Mood

Dr. Lisa Miller

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In this episode, I'm joined by clinical psychologist, researcher, and author, Dr. Lisa Miller as she makes a case for spirituality in our physical world. Regardless of our religious beliefs (or lack thereof), she shows us that we are all spiritual beings. Backed by research, Miller dives into the connection between spirituality and mental health, how we can break through barriers of depression and anxiety spiritually and physically, and an in-depth guide to phenotypes and their relationship to our spiritual journey.

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spiritual Child and her new book, the #1 National Bestseller The Awakened Brain.  Dr. Miller is a professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program and research institute in spirituality and psychology, and has held over a decade of joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical School. Her innovative research has been published in more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including Cerebral Cortex, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Miller is Editor of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality, Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice, an elected Fellow of The American Psychological Association (APA) and the two-time President of the APA Society for Psychology and Spirituality. A graduate of Yale University and University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her doctorate under the founder of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, she has served as Principal Investigator on multiple grant funded research studies. Dr. Miller speaks and consults around The Awakened Brain and The Spiritual Child for the US Military, businesses (including tech, finance, HR and sales), personal development, wellness centers and retreats, faith based organizations, K-12 schools and universities, and for mental health and thriving initiatives.

A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • The connection between spirituality and mental health.
  • The five natural phenotypes we each share no matter where we live, our religious affiliation, or where we are on our spiritual path.
  • Dr. Millers’ spiritual journey with infertility.

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum and the brand new book Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.