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Curriculum Vitae
Susanna Nicholson, Charlottesville, VA
Phone: (434) 977-0030


Duke Integrative Medicine IHCPT Mentor

Member, Martha Jefferson Hospital Cancer Survivorship Committee.

The Women’s Initiative, a mind-body counseling agency for low income patients in Charlottesville, Va

Current scope of work:

Wellness coaching and mind/body practices to support wellness goals.

Trainings for UVA’s Smoking Cessation Program, Lexis Nexis, The Women’s Initiative, the Sentara/Martha Jefferson Hospital Cancer Care Center, and the MJH Health and Wellness Department.

Group coaching programs (focused on wellness and weight loss and stress reduction practices) for the hospital’s Employee Health Program, and ongoing patient support through the activities of the hospital’s Cancer Survivorship Committee.

Regular presentations to clinician staff, to patients, to affiliated physicians, to administrative executives, and to the Cancer Care Center Committee.


Duke Integrative Medicine, Integrative Health Professional Coach Training, 2011

University of Oxford, M.Phil. (Christ Church College) 1983

University of Virginia, M.A. 1984

University of Virginia, B.A. summa cum laude, 1980

Mind/Body Practices Training:

One-on-one advanced training, Center for Yoga Studies (ongoing).

Insight Dialogue for Psychotherapists and Teachers workshop, 2013.

The 8-Week MBSR course, University of Virginia Mindfulness Center 2011.

Presence-Based Coaching training (Modules I/II) 2012.

Year-long mindfulness training from Buddhist translator Marjo Oosterhof, Cork, Ireland 2001-2002.

Certified Yoga/Meditation Teacher, KHYF, Chennai India (2002-present).

Certificate, Commonweal Center’s Cancer Care Yoga Teacher Training Program 2007.

ICF-Approved Continuing Education:

Presence-Based Coaching I: 2012 (30 credits, International Coaching Federation)

Group Coaching Essentials: 2011 (7 credits, ICF)

University posts:

Adjunct Professor, Media Studies, Marymount Manhattan College 1992-95.


Program Coordinator, “Clinical Trial Investigation on the Effects of Stress Reduction Practices on Early Stage Breast Cancer Treatment” 2007-present.

Contributed a protocol for Kathryn Booth-LaForce PhD, University of Washington; research documenting the effects of mind/body practice on the frequency and intensity of hot flashes.

Awards (for team, not individual news production):

George Foster Peabody, 1990. Producer for NPR show HEAT with John Hockenberry.

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia 1993. News editor for a news show, NICK NEWS executive-produced by Linda Ellerbee.

Public Talks and Presentations on Mind/Body Practice:

“Somatic Coaching for Implementing Change: The Impossible Takes a Little Longer” UVA Conference on Womean and Leadership, (2013)

“In-Office Practice for Psychotherapists”, part of a Virginia APA CE program for Clinical Psych PhDs. LPCs, and MSWs (2006)

“Sports-Related Knee Injuries in Female Teens: Prevention Practices and Treatment”, (2006)

“Digestive Health: A Practice”, presented in coordination with gastroenterologist Cindy Yushida, MD. (2005)

“Bone Health: A Mind-Body Practice”, presented through the MJH Health and Wellness Program. (2004)

“Integrative Therapy: What It Is, How it Works”, presented in coordination with Lee Litvinas, MD, MJH hospitalist (2003)

Publications (in the relevant field):

“Preventive Practice for Female Teen Athletes,” IAYT Practice Journal Summer 2008.

“Joy of Breathing: A Foundation Program for Pranayama,” IAYT Practice Journal Summer 2006.

“Mind/Body Practice for Menopause” Daily Progress, June 2004.

Other Certificates:

Certificate for Educators, Center for Digital Storytelling in San Francisco, 2008.