Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Stories that Heal & Liberating the Story

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Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. He is also currently working with people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia to explore healing through dialogue in community. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine and, his most recent book, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.

Lewis currently teaches in the Clinical Psychology Program at Union Institute & University in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he is Director of Research and a core faculty member. He maintains a part-time private practice of family medicine and psychiatry and serves on the Board of Directors of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation.

Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His primary focus has been upon Cherokee and Lakota traditions, though he has also explored other Plains Cultures and those of Northeastern North America. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. He has written scientific papers in these areas and continues to do research

From Dr Mehl-Madrona’s website:

My personal goals include the furthering of a paradigm shift within medicine, psychiatry, and psychology toward aligning with indigenous knowledge systems and providing healing activities more in line with what traditional cultures have offered.  I am interested in our creating new science that is not the same old, same old linear boredom of Newton and conventional statistics, but that uses complexity theory and quantum physics concepts to explore our world, and, more importantly, to find ways to help each other to heal and to grow and change.I also teach in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Union Institute & University in Brattleboro, Vermont.  I am excited about Union’s committment to social justice and am very much enjoying this new venue for me.  I am supervising dissertation research, teaching Biological Basis of Behavior, Statistics, Narrative Theory and Therapy, Professionalization Seminars, and conducting a Research Methodology Seminar.

For more information see website

Lewis will be supported by Dr Rocky Crocker and Barbara Mainguy.

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