Dr. Suzie Carmack moves individuals, teams, organizations, and global government agencies to health and well-being, bridging the gaps between Eastern wisdom and Western science. With a passion for living compassionately and working collaboratively, Dr. Carmack co-creates a happier and healthier world.
- As a Yoga and Creativity Coach for Global Leaders, Dr. Carmack centers leaders in the storms of their work and life so they can show up more fully in their mind, body and heart, and lead their teams, organizations and tribes to less stress and more joy. As a creativity coach, she coaches fellow thought leaders to get their story out of their head and into the world through the creation of an integrated book, keynote speech, and online course (using the same method she has used to become a best-selling author twice). She has also been personally commissioned to create and evaluate well-being promotion and health communication campaigns for government agencies, domestically and internationally, including:
- The global team of the Pan American / World Health Organization (2013-2015);
- The Treasury Executive Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department (supporting senior leaders at GS14, GS15 and SES levels from all 45 U.S. government agencies);
- The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command (2018);
- The U.S. Department of Defense (2014);
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (2016-2018);
- The National Parks Service (ParkRX Campaign) (2016); and
- The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (2019).
- As the CEO and Master Coach at YogaMedCo, she trains the next generation of health coaches and yoga teachers to become board-certified with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching and registered with the Yoga Alliance. She founded YogaMedco to train other coaches in her signature method, which combines talk- and movement-based coaching techniques and uses the science of sense-making to help clients to thrive in their lifestyles and life story.
- As an Award-winning and Two-time Best-Selling Author of Well-Being Ultimatum (2015) and Genius Breaks (2017) Dr. Carmack continues to share her thought leadership in journals, books and online course experiences. She is currently co-authoring the second edition of Losing Weight for Good with Dr. Larry Cheskin for Johns Hopkins University Press (2020) as well as her memoir, Dancing into Power (2021).
- As a Motivational Keynote Speaker, Dr. Carmack creates moving and engaging experiences for audiences large and small. She has delivered 100's of keynote talks and training workshops in the public and private sectors, and is known for her ability to translate the latest science of health and well-being in fun, interactive and non-judgmental ways -- to inspire audiences to live and lead with less stress and more joy,
- As an Assistant Professor of Global and Community Health at George Mason University, Dr. Carmack teaches undergraduate and graduate (MPH) courses in health communication, stakeholder engagement, and leadership and maintains an active community-based participatory research agenda. She and her research team aim to reduce mental health disparities (including anxiety, depression, burnout, compassion fatigue, maladaptive perfectionism and suicidal ideation) by integrating wisdom from the Eastern approach to medicine and the mind-body connection with the latest Western science findings in behavior change, health communication, and e-health technologies.
Service and Advocacy
Committed to giving back to her community locally and globally, Dr. Carmack serves on the national task force currently building competency requirements for Group Coaching for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching; the Advisory Team of the Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association; and continues to bring her Genius Break Project to underserved communities in order to reduce health disparities. She continues her on-going advocacy efforts to co-create a happier and healthier world, and is globally recognized for her work to:
- Raise global awareness about the adverse health effects of sitting disease;
- Reduce stigma surrounding the use of mindfulness, yoga and movement practices as mental health solutions in occupational and school settings;
- Promote the concept of walking meetings to improve team creativity and collaboration; and
- Transform the science of well-being by redefining it as a sense-making (communication) process of life story integration (rather than happiness) through her doctoral research (2014).
- George Mason University
- Department of Communication: Alumnae of the Year (2018)
- Mason Core Award for Teaching Excellence (2017; 2019)
- Difference Award for Teaching Excellence as Nominated by Students (2014)
- Dissertation Grant (2014) George Mason University (Provost’s award)
- Dean’s Challenge Award (2013), George Mason University (Faculty award)
- Graduate Teaching Assistant and Funded Scholar (2011 - 2014)
- MITRE Corporation
- Program of the Year (2018)
- Roar Award for Research Recognition (2017 & 2018)
- Director’s Award (2017)
- Junior League of Northern Virginia, Volunteer of the Year, (2014)
- Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in America (2006 - Present)
- U.S. President’s Volunteerism in Schools Award (2002)
Training and Education
- Health Coaching Institute: Executive Coaching Credential, an ICF Program (2020)
- National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching: Board-Certified Coach and Trainer of Coaches (2018)
- George Mason University: Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), Health Communication (2014)
- University of Texas at TylerL Master of Education (Med), Health and Kinesiology (2009)
- University of Alabama: Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Theatre & Arts Management (1991)
- Allegheny College: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Theatre / Writing Minor (1989)