Integration of Neuroscience and Spirituality
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Nancy K. Morrison received her M.D. from the University of Colorado and her psychiatric training at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her clinical work focuses on issues of attunement and shame. She has spoken widely on attunement, shame, and psychopathology, particularly in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder. She is retired from academic psychiatry where she was Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and where she served as Residency Training Director and received a Templeton Foundation grant to incorporate the teaching of spirituality into the standard psychiatric curriculum. She is currently active in workshops and seminars where she spreads the words contained in the book Sacred Desire: Growing in Compassionate Living. Dr. Morrison has practiced contemplative prayer for many years. She is an ordained priest in the Evangelical Anglican Church of America.



Sally K. Severino received her M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She spent seventeen years in academic psychiatry at New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center before becoming Professor and Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, where she is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry. Certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association, she served as the first woman president of the American College of Psychoanalysts. She is nationally and internationally known for her research on emotional changes in women related to the menstrual cycle and her contributions to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Illness. For decades she was an active member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Committee on Psychiatry and Religion. She is grounded in the Christian contemplative tradition and has served on the Board of Directors for the Contemplative Center of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a Felician Associate of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

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Nancy and Sally are available for media interviews.


    Looking to integrate body, mind, and spirit to cope with our turbulent times? Nancy and Sally stay on

    top of the literature and can offer insight, expertise, and information.

    Their areas of expertise:

            Body: how to calm one’s physiology

            Mind: how to form secure attachment bonds

            Spirit: how to grow in compassionate living