Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team


The Spirituality Mind Body Institute launches leaders of a more spiritually aware and supportive society. We welcome people from many professional corners, quite experienced and newer, who bring highly diverse spiritual and religious perspectives.

As a catalytic hub, SMBI generates new science, knowledge and innovation to guide impactful action. The Institute was founded by Dr. Lisa Miller based upon twenty years of scientific research, inner and relational practice, and teaching on spirituality in psychology.

Program Founder


Lisa Miller, Ph.D.
Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI) & Spirituality Mind Body (SMB) Intensive M.A. Program and Professor of Psychology & Education, Clinical Psychology Program

Lisa Miller, Ph.D. is a national leader in the science of spirituality in wellbeing, mental health, development and flourishing.  Dr. Miller brings two decades of funded research, practice and leadership into partnerships for a spiritually supportive society. She works closely with the US Military, US Dept of Health and Human Services, K-12 schools and higher education, environmental initiatives, and private and public organizations.

Dr. Miller solo edited the Oxford University Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality (2012, Second Edition forthcoming 2021) and has published over a hundred articles and chapters on spirituality in mental health, wellbeing and thriving.  She has been Principal Investigator on several million dollars of grants drawing from foundations and NIMH.

Dr. Miller is Co-Founder and former Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Psychological Association journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Psychology focusing on research integrating spirituality into positive psychology and former Associate Editor for the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.  Dr. Miller served as President of APA Society of Spirituality and Psychology and APA Council Representative.

Dr. Miller has been elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and awarded the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Psychology from Yale University and earned her doctorate from University of Pennsylvania, where her mentor was Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

Academic Director


Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP
Academic Director, SMB MA Degree Program

Dr Tomasulo is the Academic Director and core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University.

He coauthored the American Psychological Association’s first book on psychotherapy for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities and has published over 20 articles on innovations in delivering mental health and wellbeing services.  Dr. Tomasulo was the lead author for the first Diagnostic Manual - Intellectual Disability (DM-ID) identifying the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in people with intellectual disabilities. 

Dr. Tomasulo has been elected to fellow of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy /Psychodrama and has served as board member for this organization as well as the National Association for Dually Diagnosed (NADD).

Dr. Tomasulo has been honored as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression. and awarded the Avant-Garde Clinical Intervention award by the International Positive Psychology Association. He has been a teaching fellow at Princeton University, and is a graduate of Yeshiva University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

Administrative Director


Helen Herman
Administrative Director
Helen Herman is the Administrative Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College Columbia University.  A member of the SMBI leadership team, Helen works closely with the Academic Director of the SMBI graduate degree program as well as the Founder of the SMBI Institute at large, and operates as the overall manager of the Institute.  She is responsible for the daily administration of the MA program, and interfaces with the many administrative dimensions of Teachers College.  Helen interacts with faculty, visiting scholars, tech fellows, teaching assistants, and students, and contributes to the overall strategic planning of the Institute. 
 
Helen is a seasoned professional with a successful record of organizing academic conferences and continuing education programs.  She has been recognized for her ability to create and implement new programming that is innovative and which serves renowned professionals, nationally and internationally.
 
Prior to joining the SMBI team, Helen used her administrative acumen in the service of legal education, as the Director of Programs at the New York City Bar Association, as the Director of Public Programming and CLE at Fordham University School of Law, and and as the Executive Producer of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.

Team


Amy Chapman, Ph.D.

Amy Chapman, the Associate Director for the Collaborative for Spirituality in Education and a postdoctoral researcher at Teachers College at Columbia University, researches spirituality in education, social media in religious communities, and the ways in which social media can be used within educational contexts in ways that promote social justice. This research has included examining a social justice curriculum for the development of religious identities in adolescents as well as an examination of a Facebook application for its usefulness for first-generation college students. Her dissertation examined high school teachers’ use of Twitter for civic education. In addition to this scholarship, Amy continues to work in educational leadership and student formation through religious communities. A former public school teacher and parish director of faith formation, Amy holds three degrees from Boston College, in secondary education and history; developmental and educational psychology; and religious education, and a doctorate from the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University.

Fabio Marcovski

Fabio Marcovski is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is advised by Dr. Lisa Miller. At the SMB Master's Program, Fabio also serves as the Integrative Project (IP) Instructor, as the SMB Student Advisor, and as Course Assistant (CA) for a number of academic offerings. Fabio is originally from northern Brazil. He also communicates fluently in Portuguese and Spanish. 

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