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Elizabeth A. Stanley, Ph.D.  is the Founder and President of the Mind Fitness Training Institute and an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University. Drawing on her military experience, research expertise and mindfulness training, Liz created Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training.  Liz served as a U.S. Army military intelligence officer in Korea, Germany, and on deployments in the Balkans, leaving service with the rank of Captain.  She has extensive experience with mind fitness techniques, including long-term periods of intensive practice in the United States and Burma (Myanmar).  Liz has completed teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has co-taught with MBSR’s creator, Jon Kabat-Zinn.  She also has trained in a variety of body-based techniques for helping individuals to re-regulate their autonomic nervous systems after stressful or traumatic experiences, including several years of clinical training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).  Liz has published widely on a variety of topics related to mind fitness, resilience, and national security.  She is the author of Paths to Peace: Domestic Coalition Shifts, War Termination and the Korean War, which won the 2009 Edgar S. Furniss Award for the best first book in the field of national and international security, and co-editor (with Risa Brooks) of Creating Military Power: The Sources of Military Effectiveness.  She has served on the U.S. Army Science Board, the National Security Advisory Panel of the Sandia National Laboratories, and the executive board of Women in International Security.  She has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale University.



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