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Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD

P.O. Box 578

Brattleboro, VT 05302-0578




1.              CURRENT ACTIVITIES


2000 – present, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology and Anthropology, Johnson State College, Johnson, VT.

2008 – present, Executive Director, Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation, Brattleboro, VT.

2010 – present, Private practice, family medicine and psychiatry, Brattleboro, Vermont (Biologic Integrative Healthcare and Otter Creek Associates)




Diplomate in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, recertified 2009-2019.

Diplomate in Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, re-certified 2008-2018.

Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine since 1996, American Boards of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, recertified 2010-2020.

Post-graduate diploma. in Narrative Psychology, Department of Psychology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 2007.

Epidemiology Coursework, University of Saskatchewan, 2005-2008

Biostatistics and Systems Engineering Coursework, University of Arizona, 1988-90, 2003-2005.

Resident in Psychiatry, University of Vermont, Burlington, 1993-1996.

Resident in Family Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, 1991-1992

Resident in Family Medicine, University of Texas Hospitals, Houston, 1991-1992

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Alcohol Research, U.C. at Berkeley Public Health and Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA, 1990-1991

Resident in Psychiatry, St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco, 1980

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (dissertation on mathematical methods in qualitative research and their use to predict birth complication, Psychological Studies Institute, Palo Alto, 1980, Advisor: C.J. Singh Wallia, Ph.D.

Resident in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, 1975-1977

M.D., Stanford University, 1975

B.A., Biophysics, Indiana University, 1972.





Annual “Honored Scholar” for the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, at the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association, San Francisco, October 2008.

Legislative Proclamation of Acknowledgement, City of Kansas City, Missouri, for work with Native people, September 2008.

David Cheek Award for Lifetime Contributions in Perinatal Psychology, Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, 1999.

PGY4 Representative to Residency Training Committee, University of Vermont, Department of Psychiatry, 1994-95.

Cover photo and story, October 1994, Archives of Family Medicine.

American Academy of Family Practice, 1993. Excellence in Research as a Family Practice Resident Award

Best workshop presentation, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, NE regional meeting, Akron, Ohio, 1993.

Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Association, 1992-3 Member, Board of Directors.

American Psychiatric Association/National Institute of Mental Health Minority Fellowship Award, 1976-77.


4.              PREVIOUS POSITIONS


Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Hawai'i School of Medicine, Honolulu, 2008-2011.

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon with additional appointments in the Department of Psychology, Graduate Studies Division, and Department of Psychiatry, 2005-2009.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Arizona and University Physicians, Inc., 2002-2005.  Duties: Inpatient Psychiatry and teaching within the Program for Integrative Medicine; outpatient geriatric and family medicine; research within PIM and the Department of Psychology.

Special Programs Director, Center for Health and Healing, Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York, NY, 2000-2002.

Medical Director, Center for Complementary Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Attending Physician in Family Practice and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside Hospital; Member of Psychiatry-Consultation Liaison Service, 1997-2000.

Emergency Physician, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 1997-2002.

Associate Professor, Family Practice, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, 1996-1997 (including psychiatric consultation-liaison services to Wahiawa General Hospital and affiliated skilled nursing facilities.

Emergency Room Physician, Wisconsin, New Mexico, California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont Hospitals, 1976-2003, including Southeastern New Mexico Emergency Physicians for 7 years.

Consultant, Research Lecturer, and Research Assistant Professor, Native American Research and Training Center, University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine, Tucson, Arizona, 1988-1992; 1996-1999.

Program Director, Resources for World Health, Inc., Tucson, Arizona (non-profit corporation to support knowledge of healing practices of traditional cultures of the world), 1988 - 1994 (Volunteer position).

Private practice, family and behavioral medicine, part-time, Berkeley, California, 1983- 85.

Behavioral Sciences in Family Medicine Training Grant Coordinator, Division of Family Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1981.

Staff Physician, Emergency Room and Pain Clinic, Kaiser Hospital, Sacramento, 1980- 81.

Medical Director, Berkeley Family Health Center, Berkeley, California, 1977-80 (Family Practice)

Hospital Appointments

Emergency Room Physician, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Milwaukee, 1976-77.

Emergency Room Physician, Ft. Atkinson Community Hospital, Wisconsin, 1976-77.

Medical Staff, Department of General Practice, Mt. Zion Hospital, San Francisco, 1977-1983.

Medical Staff, Herrick Hospital, Berkeley, California, 1977-1983.

Medical Staff and Emergency Physician, Kaiser Hospital, Sacramento, California, 1981-1985.

Emergency Department Staff, St. Joseph's Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1976-1980.

Emergency Physician, Yolo County Medical Center, Woodland, CA and Davis Community Hospital, Davis, CA 1982-86.

Emergency Physician, Spectrum Emergency Care, postings to:

Eastern New Mexico Hospital, Roswell, NM, 1991-1992.

Holy Cross Hospital, Taos, NM, 1991-1992.

Holloman Air Force Base Hospital, Alamagordo, NM, 1991-1992.

Clovis High Plains Hospital, Clovis, NM, 1992-1995.

Emergency Physician, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, Vermont, 1992- 93.

Emergency Physician, Northeastern Vermont Regional Medical Center, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, 1993 - 1995

Emergency Physician, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, New York, 1994-1996.

Emergency Physician, Fanny Allen Hospital, Colchester, Vermont, 1994-1995.

Staff physician, Wahiawa General Hospital, Wahiawa, Hawaii, Family Practice and psychiatry privileges, 1996-1997

Emergency Physician, Columbia-Lea Regional Hospital, Hobbs, NM, 1991-1997

Medical Staffs, Department of Family Practice, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pyschiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 1997-2003

Department of Family Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, New York, NY, 2000-2003.

Department of Psychiatry, University Physicians Hospital, Tucson, Arizona, 2004-2005.

Department of Family Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2005-2009 (Royal University Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital).

Department of Psychiatry, Athabascan Health Region and Hospital, 2005-2009, Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan

Department of Psychiatry, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York, 2010 – 2011.

Department of Psychiatry, Newark Hospital, Newark, New York, 2010 – 2011.

Member, General Medical Staff, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 2011 – present.

Member, Medical Staff, Brattleboro Retreat (Family Medicine), 2011 – present.


5.              TEACHING RECORD


2010 – present: Union Institute and University, Brattleboro, Vermont, teaching courses in statistics, biological basis of behavior, hypnosis, and professionalization seminar; participation in dissertation committees, development of an online, self-paced undergraduate statistics course to prepare students for graduate statistics.


2009 – 2010:  Argosy University Honolulu:  Classes in Statistics, Quantitative Methodology, Neuropsychological Assessment, Psychopharmacology, Advanced Statistics, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Clinical hypnosis, and Narrative Psychotherapy.


2008 – 2011: Southwestern College, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Director, Program in Community-Based, Cross-Cultural Health and Healing (on-line, Master’s level, certificate program); Teaching classes in Indigenous Models of Mind and Mental Health, Indigenous-Friendly Therapies, Indigenous Ethics, Cross-Cultural Medicine.


2005 – 2009: University of Saskatchewan: Political Science 302 (Indigenous Knowledge Systems); Psychology 380 (Traditional Cultural Healing), Psychology 480 (Aboriginal Models of Mind and Mental Health), Medical Student Interviewing, Physical Diagnosis; supervision of family medicine and psychiatry residents and medical students, mentoring of first year medical students.


2002 – present: Adjunct Instructor, Johnson State College and the Vermont State College System, teaching Native American Ceremony and Ritual, Multi-Cultural Traditional Healing, Multi-cultural Global Health, Anthropology of Death, Sociology of Madness, Sociolinguistics, and Practicum in Traditional Healing (typically blended methods with an intensive, long weekend with on-line afterwards).


Teaching of medical students and residents, University of Arizona, Department of Psychiatry, Inpatient Psychiatry, 2004-2005; teaching Integrative Medicine, 2002-2005.


Complementary Medicine to medical students, nursing students, and residents in medicine, family practice and psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, 1997-2000.


Statistics and Research Methods, Antioch University, San Francisco


Neuropsychology, Antioch University, San Francisco and Rosebridge Institute, Walnut Creek.


Ethnic Issues in Health Care and Behavioral Medicine, Stanford University, 1983-1987.


Psychosomatic Medicine, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Rosebridge Institute, and Psychological Studies Institute, Palo Alto.


Native American Medicine and Ethnopharmacology, Stanford University.


Psychopharmacology, Rosebridge Institute.


Quantitative Methods in Psychological Research, Rosebridge Institute


Inpatient attending, Family Practice Inpatient Service, University of Hawaii with lectures on inpatient medicine and obsterics and pediatrics topics.


Outpatient clinic preceptor, Family Practice Clinic, University of Hawaii.

Lectures to medical students, psychiatry, behavior medicine, cross-cultural medicine, University of Hawaii


Teaching Appointments


Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Psychology, Graduate Studies, and Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada (2005 – 2009).


Research Assistant Professor (1990-1992; 1997-2000)
Research Lecturer (1988-1990)
Department of Family and Community Medicine, and

Research Lecturer (2001-2004)

Department of Medicine, and

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (2004-present)

Clinical Assistant Professor (1997-2002)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Family Practice and Epidemiology
Pittsburgh, PA  

Research Assistant Professor (1992-1996)
Department of Psychiatry
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Burlington, Vermont

Associate Professor (1996-1997); Clinical Assistant Professor (2008 - present)
Department of Family Practice
University of Hawaii School of Medicine
Honolulu, Hawaii

Clinical Assistant Professor (1982-1989)
Division of Family Medicine
Department of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California


6.              THESES SUPERVISED


Dissertations from 1975-1985, Psychological Studies Institute, California School of Professional Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, Saybrook Institute, Fielding Institute, Antioch University, most centered on mind-body inter-relations in health and disease.

Ph.D. Thesis, Richelle Gibson, Pacifica Graduate School, Depth Psychological Evaluation with Reflexive Methodology, 2009.

Psy.D. Clinical Research Project, Automatic Thoughts and Obesity, Michael Pickren, Arogsy University, 2010.

Ph.D., Education, Ontario Institute for the Study of Education, University of Toronto, Rene Linklater, Indigenous Elders and their Approaches to Healing in a Modern World, 2011.

Psy.D. Dissertation, Joseph Behler, Union Institute & University, Qualitative Study of Peer-Support Groups for Persons with Mood Disorders, 2012.




1.     Mehl, L.E. (1976). Statistical Outcomes of Home Delivery; comparison to similarly selected hospital deliveries. . In Stewart and Stewart, eds., Safe Alternatives in Childbirth. Marble Hill, Missouri: Napsac Publications.

2.     Mehl, L. and Peterson, G. (1976). Management of the Complications of Home Delivery. In Sousa, M. Childbirth at Home New York: Prentice Hall.

3.     Mehl, L.E. (1977). Research on Alternatives in Childbirth. What can it tell us about hospital practice? In Stewart and Stewart (ed.) 21st Century Obstetrics Now. Marble Hill, Mo.: NAPSAC Publications.

4.     Mehl, L.E. and Peterson, G. (1978). Home Birth versus Hospital Birth; Comparisons of Outcomes of Matched Populations. Ahmed, P. (ed.), Pregnancy,Birth, and Parenting; Coping with Medical Issues. New York: Elsevier-North Holland.

5.     Mehl, L. (1978). Statistical Outcomes of Homebirths in the United States; Current Status. In: Stewart and Stewart, Safe Alternitives in Childbirth, Marble Hill, Mo.: NAPSAC Publications.

6.     Mehl and Peterson (1979). Comparative studies of Psychological Outcomes of Various Childbirth Alternatives. In Stewart and Stewart, ed. 21st Century Obstetrics Now. Marble Hill, Mo.: NAPSAC Publications.

7.     Mehl LE. (1980). Statistical Outcomes of home birth in the United States. In Davis RD and Kitzinger S. The Place of Birth. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

8.     Mehl, L.E. (1988). Magic, Medicine, and Shamanism, in Heize, R., Proceedings of the Vth International Conference of Shamanism. Berkeley: University of California (Asian Studies).

9.     Mehl, L., Donovan, S., and Peterson, G. (1989). The Role of Hypnotherapy in Facilitating Normal Birth. In Fedor-Freyburgh, Peter, editor. Encounter with the Unborn. London: Parthenon, 1989.

10.  Mehl, L. and Peterson, G.H. (1989). Psychiatric Diagnosis and Birth Complications (with Gayle Peterson) in Fedor-Freyburgh, op. cit.

11.  Mehl, L. (1989). Modern Day Shamanism: Bridging Native American Medicine with Biomedicine. In Doore, G. (ed.). Shaman's Path. Boulder: Shambala.

12.  Mehl, L.E. (1989). Faith and Doubt in Shamanic Healing. in Heize, R. Proceedings of the VIth International Conference on Shamanism. Berkeley: University of California (Asian Studies).

13.  Mehl, L.E. (1990). When Evil is Encountered in Imagery. In Kunzendorf, R. (ed). Imagery Therapy. New York: Plenum Press.

14.  Mehl, L.E. (1990). Evil in Native American Spirituality. In Heinze, R.I. Proceedings of the VII Intl. Conference on Shamanism. Berkeley: Univ of California Dept of Asian Studies.

15.  Mehl, L.E. (1994). Chalazion Therapy. In Procedures in Family Practice. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.

16.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) Native American Medicine. In Carolyn Chambers Clark (ed.) Alternative Therapies.

17.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) What is Different about the Complementary Medicine Perspective. In Carolyn Chambers Clark (ed.) Alternative Therapies.

18.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) Hypnosis During Pregnancy. In Carolyn Chambers Clark (ed.) Alternative Therapies.

19.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2003). Native American herbal pharmacology, healing, and elder care. In Selin H, Shapiro D. Medicine Across Cultures. London: Kluwer.

20.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2003) Native American inspirations for Integrative Cancer Care. In Moore R. Integrative Cancer Care. New York: Academic Press.

21.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2003). A computer model to predict the course of metastatic cancer. In Narayanan S. (ed). Human Systems Engineering. Aldin-Liss Publications, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

22.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2004). Integrative Psychiatry. In Kligler B, Lee R. Integrative Medicine. New York: McGraw Hill.

23.  Mehl-Madrona L, Schiller R. (2004). Integrative Geriatric Medicine. In Kligler B, Lee R. Integrative Medicine. New York: McGraw Hill.

24.  Mehl-Madrona L, et al. (2004). Case Studies in Integrative Pediatrics. In Kligler B, Lee R. Integrative Medicine. New York: McGraw Hill.

25.  Mehl-Madrona L.  (2003).  Native American herbal pharmacology, healing, and elder care.  In Selin H, Shapiro D.  Medicine Across Cultures.  London: Kluwer.

26.  Mehl-Madrona L.  (2006) Aboriginal approaches to healing relational trauma.  In Potter N. (ed.).  Healing Relational Trauma.  Toronto: Oxford University Press.

27.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2009) Was Coyote the Original Psychotherapist? In Panter B, ed. Creativity and Madness, Volume 2, Thousand Oaks, CA: AIMED Press.

28.  Thompson S, Kupperud S, Mehl-Madrona L. (2009). Aboriginal approaches to healing intergenerational trauma.  In.  Britterand, Michelle.  Trauma, volumes 1 and 2.  New York: Oxford University Press.

29.  Mehl-Madrona L, Mainguy B. (2009).  Indigenous approaches to healing autistic children.  In Hill L.  New Therapies for Autism.  Dallas, TX: Hope Press.

30.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2012).  Anti-Fungal Therapies in Autism.  In Contemporary Therapies for Autism, New York, NY.

31.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2012.  Indigenous Approaches to Autism.  In Contemporary Therapies for Autism, New York, NY

32.  Mehl-Madrona L, Mainguy B. (2012).  Indigenous inter-connectedness and deep ecology.  In Williams L. (ed.). Deep Ecology. New York: Oxford University Press.

33.  Larkey L, Mehl-Madrona L, Greenly S. (2005) Integrative Approaches to Cancer Prevention.  In Greenlees H. Cancer Prevention.  New York: McGraw-Hill.  Revised 2012.

Books Published:

1.     Mehl, L.E. and Peterson, G.H. (1984). Pregnancy as Healing: holistic philosophy for prenatal care. Berkeley, CA: Mindbody Press.

2.     Mehl, L.E. and Peterson, G.H. (1985). Cesarean Birth: Risk and Culture . Berkeley: Mindbody Press.

3.     Mehl, L.E. (1986). Mind and Matter: Healing approaches to chronic disease. Berkeley: Mindbody Press.

4.     Mehl-Madrona, L.E. Coyote Medicine: Lessons for Healing from Native America.  New York: Simon and Schuster, February, 1997; Paperback; Firestone, 1998.

5.     Mehl-Madrona LE. Coyote Healing: Miracles of Native Medicine. Rochester, VT: InnerTraditions/Bear and Co, 2003.

6.     Mehl-Madrona L. Coyote Wisdom: Storytelling and Healing Wisdom. Rochester, VT: InnerTraditions/Bear and Co., 2005.

7.     Mehl-Madrona L.  Narrative Medicine: the use of history and story in the healing process. Rochester, VT: InnerTraditions/Bear and Co., 2007.

8.     Mehl-Madrona L.  Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.  Rochester, VT: InnerTraditions?Bear and Co, 2010.




1.Jain, M, Mehl, L, and Cordes, E.H. (1973). Properties of the Acetylcholinesterase receptor on bimolecular lipid membrane. In Biochem Biophys Res. Comm..

2.Mehl, L.E. (1974). Neuropharmacology of Hippocampal theta producing areas in the rat brain. Intl J. Neurosurgery.

3.Mehl,L., Peterson,G., Shaw,N. and Creevy,D. (1975). Complications of Home Birth. Birth 2: 123-131.

4.Mehl,L.E., Peterson, G., Sokolosky,L., and Whitt, M. (1976). Outcomes of Early Discharge after Normal Birth. Birth 3:101-106.

5.Mehl, L.E., Bruce, C. and Renner, J. (1976). Importance of Obstetrics in a Comprehensive Family Practice. Journal of Family Practice 3:385-389.

6.Mehl, L.E. (1977). Delivery in the Home. Comprehensive Obstetrics and Gynecology 18-26.

7.Mehl,L.E., Pererson,G.H. Whitt, M. and Hawes, W.H. (1977). Outcomes of Elective Home Births; A series of 1,146 cases. Journal of Reproductive Medicine 19: 281-289.

8.Mehl, L.E. (1976) Home delivery research today - a review. Women and Health 1:3-11.

9.Mehl, L.E. (1977). Options in Maternity Care. Women and Health 2(2):29-42.

10.  Mehl, Peterson, and Brendsel.(1977). Children at Birth: Effects and Implications. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy 3(4): 274-279.

11.  Mehl, L.E. (1978). The Relation of the Home Birth Movement to Medicine and Psychiatry.World Journal of Psychosynthesis 10(3): 10-14.

12.  Mehl, Peterson, and Leiderman. (1978). Some Determinants of Maternal Attachments. American Journal of Psychiatry 135(10):1168-1173.

13.  Mehl and Peterson. (1979). The Role of Some Birth Related Variables in Father Attachment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 49(2):330-338.

14.  Mehl, L.E., et al. (1979). Evaluations of Outcomes of Non-Nurse Midwives; matched comparisons with physicians. Women and Health.

15.  Mehl, L.E. (1979). Review of Research on Alternative Childbirth. Women and Health, July issue.

16.  Mehl, Brendsel, and Peterson. (1980). Routine Episiotomy and Pelvic Symptomatology. Women and Health. 5:(4), 49-60.

17.  Mehl, Ramiel, Leninger, Hoff, Kronenthal, and Peterson. (1980). Evaluation of Outcomes of Non-nurse midwives. Women and Health 5(2): 17-29.

18.  Mehl, Brendsel, and Peterson. (1980). Personality variables of the mother in labor. Birth Psychology Bulletin 1(1):3-12.

19.  Mehl, L.E., et al. (1981). Qualitative research methods and the prospective prediction of obstetrical risk. J. Nurse Midwifery.

20.  Mehl and Peterson. (1981). Spontaneous Peer Psychotherapy in a Day Care Setting. Mehl and Peterson. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 5(2): 346-350.

21.  Mehl and Peterson. (1981). Parental/Child Psychological and Delivery Alternatives. Women and Health.

22.  Mehl, L.E. (1988). Psychobiosocial Interventions in Threatened Premature Labor. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal, Fall.

23.  Mehl, L.E. (1988). Prevention of Premature Labor. Mothering, Fall.

24.  Mehl, L.E. (1990) Spirit Belief and Practice among Native Americans.Journal of Regression Therapy, Spring.

25.  Mehl, L. Hypnosis and Prenatal Memory. Intl. J. Perinatal Psychol and Medicine, 1990.

26.  Mehl, L.E. (1990). Systems Dynamics Modeling for Medically Low Risk Woman to Predict Risk for Obstetrical Complications, , International Journal of Perinatal Psychology and Medicine.

27.  Mehl, L.E. (1990). Spiritually-oriented Psychotherapy. AHP Perspectives, Summer.

28.  Mehl, L.E. (1991). Mathematical Computer Simulation Modeling for the prediction of the development of large bowel cancer. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 46:243-256.

29.  Mehl, L.E. (1991). Successful prediction of fetal distress and unexplained fetal demise. International Journal of Perinatal Studies. 3:242-266.

30.  Mehl, L.E. (1992). Taser Electrical injury during pregnancy and miscarriage. Acta Obstet. Gynecol. scand., Summer.

31.  Mehl, L.E. (1992). Birth Risk and Culture. Midwifery Today. 23 (Autumn): 35.

32.  Mehl, L.E. (1992). The effect of personal birth experience on giving birth. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal. Fall.

33.  Mehl, L.E. (1992). Women's birth experience and subsequent infant motor development. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal 6(4): 295-316.

34.  Mehl-Madrona LE. (1992). Birth risk and culture. Midwifery Today Childbirth Educ. Autumn;(23):35.

35.  Mehl, L.E. and Manchanda, S. (1993). Use of Systems Dynamics computer modeling to study alcohol use during pregnancy. Computerrs in Biology and Medicine.

36.  Mehl LE (1994). Hypnosis to alter breech presentation. Archives of Family Medicine, October.

37.  Mehl LE (1993). Lessons from Native America for modern medicine. Holistic Medicine Spring: 10-24.

38.  Mehl L, Astill J. (1994). Delirium, headache and the Arnold-Chiari malformation type I, Journal of the American Board of Family Practice.

39.  Mehl-Madrona L, Madrona M (1996). Postpartum toxic streptococcus. Midwifery Today Childbirth Educ. Fall;(39):30-36.

40.  Mehl-Madrona L, Madrona M. Effects on outcomes of attending breeches, twins, and post-dates pregnancies at home. J. Nurse-Midwifery 1997; 42(2):91-98

41.  Mehl-Madrona L. (1998). Frequent users of rural primary care: comparisons with randomly selected users.. J Am Board of Family Practice, Mar-Apr;11(2):105-15.

42.  Tidey JW, Mehl-Madrona L, Higgins ST, Badger GJ. Psychiatric symptom severity in cocaine-dependent outpatients: demographics, drug use characteristics and treatment outcome. Drug Alcohol Depend 1998 Mar 1;50(1):9-17.

43.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999). Native American medicine in the treatment of chronic illness: developing an integrated program and evaluating its effectiveness. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Jan;5(1):36-44.

44.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) Comparison of ketorolac-chlorpromazine with meperidine-promethazine for the emergency room treatment of acute exacerbations of chronic pain. Journal of American Board of Family Practice. May-Jun,12(3):188-94.

45.  Mehl-Madrona LE, Chan, B. (1999). Faith plays a role in AIDS. Alternative Health Practitioner. December issue.

46.  Mehl-Madrona LE. (1999). Evidence for a role of faith in affecting the course of AIDS. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

47.  Mehl-Madrona L, Madrona M. (1999). The future of midwifery. J Nurse Midwifery. Mar-Apr;44(2):157.

48.  Mehl-Madrona LE. A psychosocial prenatal intervention with Native American women to reduce substance use and birth complications. J Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, 2000, in press.

49.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (1998) Psychiatric Diagnoses and Psychosocial Issues among frequent users of primary care. Journal of American Board of Family Practice.

50.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2000) Psychosocial Prenatal Intervention to Reduce Alcohol, Smoking and Stress and Improve Birth Outcome among Minority Women 14 (3-4): 257-278.

51.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2001) Systems dynamics computer simulation modeling for predicting risk for childbirth. In: Hamza MH (ed). Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference ? Modelling, Identification, and Control. February 19-22, 2001, Innsbruck, Austria. Anaheim: ACTA Press, pp. 575-578.

52.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2001) Use of a computer simulation model to predict the course of colon polyps among susceptible patients. In: Hamza MH (ed). Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference ? Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing. May 21-24, 2001, Cancun, Mexico. Anaheim: ACTA Press, pp. 438-441.

53.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2001) Systems dynamics for preventing coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction. In: Hamza MH (ed). Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference ? Applied Simulation and Modelling. September 4-7, 2001, Marbella, Spain. Anaheim: ACTA Press, pp. 171-175.

54.  Mehl-Madrona L, Jaffe R. (2002). Systems dynamics computer simulation program to predict the course of diabetes. In: Hamza MH (ed). Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference ? Applied Simulation and Modelling. February 18-22, Innsbruck, Austria. Anaheim: ACTA Press, pp. 171-175.

55.  Mehl-Madrona L. Psychosocial Variables Predict Complicated Birth. J Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health 17(1), 2002, 3-28

56.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2003). Psychosocial variables are important in predicting low birth weight. J Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health, Summer issue

57.   Mehl-Madrona L. (1999a). Psychosocial Prenatal Intervention to Reduce Alcohol, Smoking and Stress and Improve Birth Outcome among Minority Women. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health: Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 257–278.

58.   Mehl-Madrona L. (1999b). Native American medicine in the treatment of chronic illness: developing an integrated program and evaluating its effectiveness.  Altern Ther Health Med.  5(1):36-44.

59.   Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) Five year outcomes of patients treated with an intensive Traditional Indian medicine program compared with matched conventionally treated patients. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

60.   Mehl-Madrona, L. (1999) Comparison of ketorolac-chlorpromazine with meperidine-promethazine for the emergency room treatment of acute exacerbations of chronic pain. Journal of American Board of Family Practice. May-Jun,12(3):188-94.

61.   Mehl-Madrona L. (1999).  Evidence for a role of faith in affecting the course of AIDS.  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

62.   Mehl-Madrona, L. (2000) A psychological prenatal intervention program for minority pregnant women to reduce substance conception, decrease operative delivery, and use of analgesia/anesthesia. Journal of Pre and Perinatal Psychology.

63.   Mehl-Madrona, L. (2000) Alternative Medicine Considerations. Science. July 14, 289(5477): 245-246.

64.   Mehl-Madrona L, Katz M, Curry EP, Bribiesca LB. (2000). Alternative Views on Alternative Medicine. Science. 2000 Jul 14;289(5477):245b-246b.

65.   Mehl-Madrona L.(2001). Placebos and their effectiveness: Roberts (1995).Adv Mind Body Med. Winter;17(1):17-8.

66.   Mehl-Madrona, L. (2001) Systems dynamics computer simulation modeling for predicting risk for childbirth. In: Hamza MH (ed). Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference – Modelling, Identification, and Control. February 19-22, 2001, Innsbruck, Austria. Anaheim: ACTA Press, pp. 575-578.

67.   Mehl-Madrona, L. (2001) Use of a computer simulation model to predict the course of colon polyps among susceptible patients. In: Hamza MH (ed). Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference – Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing. May 21-24, 2001, Cancun, Mexico. Anaheim: ACTA Press, pp. 438-441.

68.   Mehl-Madrona, L. (2001) Systems dynamics for preventing coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction. In: Hamza MH (ed). Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference – Applied Simulation and Modelling. September 4-7, 2001, Marbella, Spain. Anaheim: ACTA Press, pp. 171-175.

69.   Mehl-Madrona L, Jaffe R. (2002).  Systems dynamics computer simulation program to predict the course of diabetes.  In: Hamza MH (ed). Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference – Applied Simulation and Modelling. February 18-22, Innsbruck, Austria.  Anaheim: ACTA Press, pp. 171-175.

70.   Mehl-Madrona L.  (2002) Complementary Medicine Treatment of Uterine Fibroids: a pilot study.  Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 8(2):34-46.

71.   Mehl-Madrona L.  (2002) Psychosocial Variables are Important in Predicting Cesarean birth among medically low-risk women.  Journal of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology 12: 51-65.

72.   Mehl-Madrona L.(2003). Integrative tumor board: recurrent breast cancer or new primary? Mind-body-spirit medicine. Integr Cancer Ther. Sep;2(3):283-9.

73.   Mehl-Madrona L  (2003. Healing as an adventure.  Adv Mind Body Med. Summer;19(2):19.

74.   Mehl-Madrona L, Servan-Schreiber D, Bartone P, Spiro B.  Narrative analyses of patients reporting spiritual transformations, paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association, Chicago, November, 2005, and in press, 2006.

75.   Mehl-Madrona L. (2004).  Psychosocial variables are important in predicting low birth weight.  Journal of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, 2004.

76.   Mehl-Madrona L. (2004). Hypnosis to facilitate uncomplicated birth.  Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr;46(4):299-312.

77.   Mehl-Madrona L, Servan-Schreiber D, Bartone P, Spiro P.  (2004).  Factors predicting response to a complementary medicine treatment programme for uterine fibroids.  Evidence Based Integrative Medicine 1(4): 269-283.

78.   Mehl-Madrona L.(2005). Connectivity and healing: some hypotheses about the phenomenon and how to study it.. Adv Mind Body Med. Spring;21(1):12-28.

79.   Mehl-Madrona L, Kligler B, Silverman S, Lynton H, Merrill W.  (2007). The Impact of Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy Interventions on Clinical Outcomes in Adults With Asthma.  EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing,  3(1):  28-36.

80.   Cornish S, Mehl-Madrona (2008).  Vitamins and Minerals in Psychiatry: A Review.  Integrative Medicine Insights.:3: 33-42.

81.   Mehl-Madrona L.  (2008) Characteristics of Exceptional Cancer Patients who work with Aboriginal Healers.  Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Jun;14(5):497-504.

82.   Mehl-Madrona L. (2010). Innovating approaches to the care of Native American diabetes.  Permanente Journal.

83.   Mehl-Madrona L. (2011, under editorial review).  Neuropsychological manifestations of spontaneous intracranial hypotension.

84.  Mehl-Madrona, L.  (2007). Narrative Analysis: alternative constructions of bipolar disorder.  Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, 22(2), 12-19.

85.  Mehl-Madrona, L.  Narratives of recovery from bipolar disorder through non-pharmacological means.  Bipolar Disorders, 9(1; supplement), 13; 116.

86.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2007). The Nature of Narrative Medicine.  The Permanente Journal, 11(3), 84-87.

87.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2007). Introducing Narrative Practices in a locked, inpatient psychiatric unit.  The Permanente Journal, 11(4),12–20.

88.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2008).  Psychiatric diagnoses among frequent users of rural emergency medical services.  Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 13(1),22-30.

89.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2008).  Augmentation of Conventional Medicine with Acupuncture and guided imagery for the treatment of moderately severe asthmatics. The Permanente Journal, 12(4), 9-14.

90.  Mehl-Madrona, L. & Kennedy, C. (2009). What Aboriginal Elders believe Mental Health Workers should know to work with Aboriginal People, EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, 5(1),20-9.

91.  Mehl-Madrona, L. & Pennycook G.  (2009).  Aboriginal models of mind and mental health.  Journal of the Anthropology of Consciousness, 20(2), 85-100.

92.  Puchala, C., Paul, S., Kennedy, C. & Mehl-Madrona, L. (2010). Using traditional spirituality to reduce domestic violence within aboriginal communities.  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,  16(1),89-96.

93.  Mehl-Madrona, L., Kennedy, C., Paul, S., Leung, B. & Kaplan, B. (2010).  Micronutrients versus standard medication management in autism: a naturalistic case-control study.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 20(2),95-103.

94.  Valenti M.P. & Mehl-Madrona, L. (2010). Humanizing Patients through Narrative Methods: the case of Murphy the Motor Mouth.  The Permanente Journal, 14(2), 47-50.

95.  Mehl-Madrona, L. (2010). Comparisons of Health Education, Group Medical Care, and Collaborative Health Care for Controlling Diabetes. The Permanente Journal, 14(7), 2-10.

96.  Mehl-Madrona, L., Renfrew, N., Mainguy, B. (2011).   Qualitative Assessment of the Impact of Implementing Reiki Training in a Supported Residence for People Older Than 50 Years with HIV/AIDS. The Permanente Journal, 15(3), 43-50.

97.  Dell CA, Seguin M, Hopkins C, Tempier R, Mehl-Madrona L, Dell D, Duncan R, Mosier K. From benzos to berries: treatment offered at an Aboriginal youth solvent abuse treatment centre relays the importance of culture. Can J Psychiatry. 2011 Feb;56(2):75-83.

98.  Valenti,M.P., Omizo, M.M., Mehl-Madrona, L. (2011). Personality and Obese Body Mass Index. The New School Psychology Bulletin, 9(1), 56-62.

99.  Mehl-Madrona, L., Valenti, M.P., & Mainguy, B. (2013). Mixed Methodology Approaches to Exploring Spiritual Transformation.  The Qualitative Report, 18, 1-11.

100. Mainguy, B. Valenti, M.P., & Mehl-Madrona, L., (2013). Relationships Between Level of SpiritualTransformation and Medical Outcome, Adv Mind Body Med.,27(1):4-11.

101. Gwozdziewycz, N. & Mehl-Madrona, L. (2013). Meta-Analysis of Narrative Exposure Therapy.  The Permanente Medical Journal, 17(1), 70-76.

102. Mainguy, B., Mehl-Madrona, L. Psychotherapeutic and Healing Aspects of the Lakota Sun Dance, manuscript under editorial review.

103. Mainguy, B., Mehl-Madrona, L.  Use of the Lakota-style Talking Circle in Primary Care for Aboriginal People, manuscript under editorial review.

104. Mehl-Madrona, L. (2013). What aboriginal people feel about contemporary family medicine.  Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 32 (2), pages yet to be assigned.




1.     Mehl, L.E.(1990). In Search of Pele on Hawaii, Tucson Lifeline, March.

2.     Mehl, L.E. (1991). The Healing Power of Ritual. East-West Journal June issue.

3.     Mehl, L.E. (1990). Bioenergy Healers in Yugoslavia. Tucson Lifeline, October.

4.     Mehl-Madrona L. (1996). Coyote Medicine: Lessons from Native America for conventional health care. Healthy and Natural. October issue.

5.     Mehl-Madrona L. (1997). Call Me Coyote. Natural Health, April issue.

6.     Mehl-Madrona L and Samson W. (1998). Alternative Medicine under the Microscope: A debate. Natural Health, April issue.

7.     Mehl-Madrona L. (2004).  Autism.  Mothering Magazine.

8.     Mehl-Madrona L. (2008).  Hypnosis and Birth.  Mothering Magazine

9.     Mehl-Madrona L. (2008).  Traditional North American healing methods.  The Art of Healing (Australia).

10.  Mehl-Madrona L. (2008).  What do shamans and neurofeedback practitioners have in common? Journal of California Biofeedback Society.

11.   Mehl-Madrona L. (2008).  Stories of healing; stories are healing.  Healing Stories Alliance.


Regular (weekly) health-related blogging at





1.     Mehl, Palu, and Kennedy. Statistical Outcomes of Elective Home Delivery; comparisons with the Chicago Maternity Center and implications for screening. Proceedings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, 1977.

2.     Mehl, Merz, Brendsel, Murphy, and Benton. (1977). Models for Delivery of Home Birth Services; Structure, Politics, and evaluation. Presented at the American Public Health Association..

3.     Mehl, L.E. (1978). An Overview of the Home Birth Controversy. Mehl. Year of the Child Conference, Albuquerque.

4.     Risk Factors in Low-Risk Childbirth; elective procedures and outcomes. Mehl, Ramiel, Hoff, Leininger, and Peterson. American Public Health Association Abstracts, 1979.

5.     Mittal S, Mehl L, Fuentes F. Predicting the Time of Myocardial Infarction among Hispanic and Other Caucasians. American Journal of Cardiology, March, 1992.

6.     Mehl-Madrona L. Systems Dynamics Computer Simulation Modeling for Predicting Risk for Childbirth. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference: Modeling, Simulation, and Control, Innsbruck, Austria, Vol. II, Feb. 19-22, 2001, pp. 575-578, Calgary: ACTA Press, 2001.

7.     Mehl-Madrona L, Lewis D, Lewis S, Brooks A, Ferrell S, Bell I, Schwartz G.  (2003).  Effects of participation in a Lakota prayer ceremony on Quantitative EEG, presented at the Society for Neuropsychological Research, Houston, TX, September, 2003.








Large website (grant funded) on integrative therapies for children’s neurodevelopmental disorders, accessible at


13.           BOOK REVIEWS








American Psychiatric Association, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 18, Invited Course on Narrative Hypnosis for Pain Management.

Institute for Psychiatric Services of the American Psychiatric Association, Annual Meeting, October 3-6, Symposium on Cross-Cultural Psychiatry and North American Indigenous People, Symposium on Psychotherapy and Psychosis, Presentations on Psychotherapy and Bipolar Disorder and Integrating Osteopathic Medicine with Narrative Guided Imagery, New York, NY.

American Institute of Medical Education, annual meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, February 19th, “Medical Writers and the Healing Power of Narrative.”

International Hearing Voices Conference, Praham Missions and Voices Vic, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,  “Indigenous approaches to voices and visions: integrating dialogical therapy with neuroscience and traditional healing.”

Mission Australia Youth Forum 2012, Sydney, Australia, March 5th, “Narrative and Indigenous Approaches to Empowering Youth.”




Medical University of Debrecen, Hungary, November 28th, Neuroscience of Narrative.

Institute for Psychiatric Services, San Francisco (annual meeting); Symposium on Psychiatry and Indigenous People; Non-pharmacological treatment of bipolar disorder[ Integrating Psychiatric treatment and osteopathy, October 29-31st.

American Institute of Medical Education, Annual Conference, Boston, Medical Writers, October 15th.

Manitoba Council of Indian Friendship Centers, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Conference, November 16th, Indigenous approaches to fetal alcohol syndrome.

American Psychiatric Association, annual meeting, May 2011, Led an all day course on “Hypnosis for Pain Management”, Honolulu, Hawaii.




Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Lakehead University, March 2010, lectures on indigenous ethics, narrative medicine and psychiatry, and the contributions of indigenous health philosophies to health care.


February:  American Institute of Medical Education, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


December:  National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Hilton Head, South Carolina:  Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the promise of Narrative Psychiatry; and, Post-Conference Workshop, Narrative Medicine in Practice.




Various trainings in narrative medicine, psychology, and healing, conducted through the Coyote Institute's Center for Narrative Studies, particularly, Woodstock, NY; New York City, NY; Portland, Maine; Warwick, Rhode Island.

American Institute of Medical Education, Kona, Hawaii, Psychotherapy within Traditional Indigenous Cultures, January 3, 2009.

American Institute of Medical Education, Santa Fe, February, presentation on Native American Cultural healing.

Kripalu Institute, Lenox, MA, presentation on Coyote Wisdom: Native American healing principles that are applicable to all peoples; and on Cherokee Body Work.

Lummi Indian Nation, Bellingham, Washington, March, Program on reducing child and sexual abuse.

University of Oregon Multicultural Center, Portland, Reducing Health Disparities for Native Americans.

American Institute of Medical Education, Santa Fe, New Mexico, presentation on Narrative Psychotherapy and its applicability to Indigenous populations, August 5, 2009.

Monash University – Gippsland Campus, Bridging Indigenous Cultures and Psychology through narrative means: creating uniquely indigenous models of psychology and mental health, August 21st.

American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, San Francisco, California, May 20, CME course taught on Narrative Psychotherapy.

Collaborative Family Health Care annual conference, San Diego, California, October 22-24, 2009, presentations on talking circles and healing circles and upon using traditional elders to help reduce domestic violence in aboriginal communities.



Selected recent presentations (2006-2008):


American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting; May 2008; Course Director, Spirituality and Psychiatry; Symposium Chair and Presenter, Indigenous Models of Mind and Mental Health.


Canadian Aboriginal Society for Science and Technology, Biennial Conference, October, 2007, Indigenous Knowledge and Science for Health and Disease, Calgary, Alberta.

International Association of Social Work, June 2008, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Indigenous spirituality and social work practice.


Saskatchewan Association of Healthcare Organizations, Regina, Sask, March 2008, Integrating aboriginal traditional cultural healers into the health care system.


World Integrative Medicine Conference (2nd), Toronto, Ontario, May 2008, Aboriginal spiritual healing.


American Institute of Medical Education, Annual Santa Fe, NM, Conventions, February and August, 2008; Innovative Approaches to Bipolar Disorder and Narrative Medicine.


Northern California Biofeedback Society, June 2007: Traditional healing approaches to diabetes, San Rafael, CA


International Myeloma Foundation, April 2007.  Spiritual healing and cancer.  Tempe, AZ.


St. George University School of Medicine, Grenada. January 2007. Traditional North American healing.


Institute for Integral Development.  Behavioral Health Conference.  Clearwater, FL.  Three lectures on integrative psychiatry.


Arizona State University, School of Social Work, April 2008, Aboriginal Models of Mind and Mental Health.


Highlights of presentations given before 2006

American Psychiatric Association, Symposium on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry, annual meeting, Toronto, Ontario, 27 May 2006.


National Association of Social Work, 1st North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work.  University of Waterloo, Ontario, Presentation: Aboriginal approaches to spirituality that can be integrated into office practice, May 28, 2006.


Elsevier Lecturer, Medical Library Association annual conferene, Phoenix, Arizona, May 25, 2006, Presentation:  Narrative Medicine: a storied approach to health and healing.


Saskatchewan Institute of Prevention, Biennial Fetal Alcohol Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, May 23, 2006,  Community-Based Approaches to Children’s Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

American College of Preventive Medicine, Baltimore, March 1991, Strategies for Prevention in the Prenatal Clinic; Computer Simulation Modeling in Prenatal Prevention; Computer Simulation Modeling in Motivating risk reduction behavior in HIV positive patients.

Association of American Indian Physicians, multiple appearances, most recently at White Mountain Apache Reservation, annual conference, speaking on "Incorporating Native American Medicine into conventional medical practice".

American Public Health Association, multiple appearances, most recently at New York, October 1990

Association for Behavioral Medicine, Hilton Head, South Carolina, conferences, presentations on Native American medicine: inspirations for modern medicine, most recently 1998.

Grand Rounds presentations, given at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Altoona Hospital (PA), Beaver Valley Hospital (PA), South Hills Hospital (PA), ArmB Memorial Hospital (PA), Willamette Valley Hospital (Washington), Andrews Air Force Base (Maryland), Menninger Institute (Kansas), Wahiawa General Hospital (Hawaii), University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine (Psychiatry, three times).

International Society for Perinatal Medicine and Psychology, Krakow, Poland, May 1992; Bad Gastein, Austria, 1990. A Dynamic Systems Model for Predicting Birth Complications.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Northeast Regional Conferences, Akron, Ohio, 1993; Philadelphia, PA, 1994.

Southern Medical Association annual convention, San Antonio, Texas, October 1992.
    Why do patients use emergency departments for non-emergencies?
    Prospective trial with the dynamic systems model for preventive cardiology.
    Prospective trial predicting colon cancer.
    Alternatives to the randomized control trial for family medicine research.

Vermont Academy of Family Physicians
    Improving obstetrical care in the rural and military setting.
    Computer models to predict and prevent birth complications.

Menninger Institute, Council Grove Conference, April, 1990.

American Colege of Nurse-Midwives, multiple appearances, most recent, San Diego, California; presentations.

Friday, February 28th, 2003, AWARE Conference: A cross-cultural exploration of clinical practices integrating mind, body, and spirit, Keynote Address: "Lessons from Native American Healing", Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Wednesday, April 9th - Sunday, April 13th, 2003, Center for Mind-Body Medicine Conference: "Comprehensive Cancer Care 2003", Washington Hilton, Washington, DC Workshop on alternative cancer therapies; Models of Connection in Cancer Treatment: "Spiritual Transformation and Cancer Treatment"; Spirituality and Cancer: "Factors Predicting Survival Among Cancer Patients Seeking Native American Healers"

Friday, May 2nd - Sunday, May 4th, 2003; Conference: "Autism One Conference"; Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois; Lecture: "Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Autism"

Thursday, September 18th - Sunday, September 21st, 2003; International Society for Neuronal Regulation (ISNR) ~ 11th Annual Conference; The Galleria; Houston, Texas; Presentation: "QEEG Changes in the Recipients of Ceremony and Prayer"

Friday, September 26th through Monday, September 29th, 2003; University of Minnesota’s The Stories Conference: Meeting on the Science of Story; Pre-conference workshop: "Narrative Therapy"; Lecture: "Integrating Narrative Practice with Quantum Physics"; Conference Workshop: "Narrative Therapy"

October 4th, 2003; Inspirations from Native American philosophy and culture for modern medical practice; Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ

October 20th, 2003; Philadelphia, PA; International Myeloma Foundation
Psychospiritual predictors of cancer survival

American Holistic Medical Association annual meeting, Falls Church, VA, April, 1992; Seattle, Washington, 1993.

November 1992, Andrews Air Force Base Conference , Psychopharmacology conference.

American Institute of Medical Education, February, Annual Self Psychology Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, presented every conference since 1988.

American Holistic Medical Association annual meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, April, 1993.

American Institute of Medical Education, Annual Creativity and Madness Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, presented every August since 1987.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, April 1994, Northeastern Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, biennial conference, 2005 in Regina and 2007 in Saskatoon.  Lectures on community medicine for disabled children.

American Psychiatric Association, courses taught on hypnosis, spiritual psychotherapy, and lectures given on panels related to integrative psychiatry topics, 1980-2005.


15.           PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES (Non-invited)


All are invited.








I am interested in mind-body-spirit-environment interactions within a complex systems, narrative framework, especially in terms of producing and maintaining health and disease.  Being Native American (aboriginal), I am especially interested in cross-cultural studies and how culture as context embeds health and illness within it.  I am interested in mathematical computer modeling as a means of integrating information in medicine and biology, aiding clinical decision making, and improving patient care and treatment evaluation. Regarding treatments, I am interested in how human systems and interactions change disease, and in how spirituality affects health and well-being.  Within this context, I try to approach topics from an indigenous perspective, asking, how would indigenous people pursue this research topic if it had arose solely within their perspective.


I have received grant money from the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health, New York; FGN, Inc., Tucson, Arizona; HCA, Inc., Nashville, TN; the California State Health Department; multiple private donors; Shadyside Foundation; Richmond Foundation; Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation; Ladies Hospital Aide Society of Pittsburgh; Department of Defense; U.S. Steel, Dorrance Family Foundation, Beckwith Foundation, etc.


I have worked on others' grants from NIDA, NIMH, NIH.

Recent and Current Research Support

Mehl-Madrona (PI) 2000 Completed
Dorrance Family Foundation $45,000
Web-based Education for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Center for Complementary Medicine, UPMC/Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA

Specific Aims: This grant added an ADHD and vaccine education site to the children?s neurometabolic disorders site.

Mehl-Madrona (PI)                                         2005-2006                                           5%

University of Saskatchewan Faculty Development                                                               $5,000


Shared Care between Family Physicians and Psychiatrists for Mental Health.


Specific Aim: This grant provides start up funds to develop a clinic with family medicine and psychiatry residents for combined attention to medical and psychiatric problems of people identified with mental illness


Mehl-Madrona (PI)                                         Feb 2001- Jan 2003                           

Private Funder                                                                        $250,000 over two years

Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy in Asthma

Continuum Center for Health and Healing, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY


Specific Aims: The goal of this project is the measure the effects of craniosacral therapy, acupuncture and a combination of both modalities on improving symptoms of asthma.  Data is currently being collected


Mehl-Madrona (Coordinator)                        2002-2005                                          

NIH Center for Biofield Sciences, awarded to Gary Schwartz, Principal Investigator

Center Grant for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Sciences

Department of Psychology, University of Arizona


Specific Aims: The Center consists of three major projects, one examining the role of therapeutic touch on bacterial cultures, one examining the neurophysiology of energy transmission and receiving among humans, and the third studying the effects of Johrei healing upon recovery from coronary artery bypass surgery.  I was a coordinator for this third study. 


Mehl-Madrona, L       Summer 2003                                                 

Role: Principle Investigator

Recipient: Department of Psychology, University of Arizona,

Title: Effects of Native American Pipe Ceremony on Quantitative EEG:  A Pilot Project of the Center for Frontier Medicine and Biofield Science, funding through NIH

Funding Source: NIH, NCCAM


Specific Aims: The goal of this project is to assess the effects of being prayed for during a Lakota pipe ceremony upon quantitative EEG.  We were looking for biofield markers of prayer and energy healing.


Mental Health Disparities.  I was co-investigator (representing psychiatry) on an $800,000 CIHR grant awarded to Lewis Williams, PhD, of the Prairie Regional Health Promotions Centre at the University of Saskatchewan for investigating mental health disparities among reserve and immigrant populations, 2005-2009.


I was a co-investigator for a CIHR Research Team Development grant awarded to Dr. Raymond Tempier of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan, for $100,000, where my expertise is in aboriginal mental health and interventions, 2007-2009.


Crocker Family Foundation, $35,000, for developing indigenous health initiatives, 2009-2011.


Government of Australia, Aboriginal Health Unit, $250,000, in conjunction with the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative and Life Is… Foundation, Cultural Exchange Programming for Gippsland’s Aboriginal People and Health Care Providers, 2010-2012.


Recent Grants Submitted:


Pepsico Foundation, $35,000, building narrative competency with home-bound elders: effects upon chronic disease and family relationships.


NIDA, $275,000, reducing opiate drug use in southeastern Vermont.




Assorted teaching audiotapes and videotapes on hypnosis techniques, 1978-present.


May 2008, American Academy of Guided Imagery, Web-based Conference, Imagery for Pain, and Techniques for Dialogue with the Spirit of an Illness.


February 2009, Coyotemedicinetv on youtube – sample interviews and lectures.


July 2011, Sounds True, Boulder, CO, 6 CD set on Native American Healing




Clinical Skills:

I have worked extensively as a general family physician, including obstetrics (almost 1000 deliveries) and as am emergency room physician. I have done emergency room work at high volume urban centers (St. Joseph’s Hospital, Milwaukee; Kaiser Hospital, Sacramento, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) and in very rural settings in New Mexico and California. I have practiced hospital consult-liaison psychiatry since completion of my psychiatry residency in 1996. Procedures that I teach include intubation, chest tube insertion, central line placement, flexible sigmoidoscopy, treadmill testing, colposcopy, ultrasound and minor surgery. I am also trained in ECT. A major clinical interest is in behavioral medicine, where I have skills in hypnosis, biofeedback, family therapy, biofeedback, physical medicine procedures (therapeutic massage, neuromuscular re-education, manipulation, trigger point injection, acupuncture, therapeutic exercises, etc.), and group therapy. I am a student of Native American medicine and ethno-pharmacology.




Consultation to hospitals and medical groups about starting and operating complementary medicine programs.


Consulted to health care facilities on improvement of health effectiveness through more efficient utilization of the human factor in health care. Work with clinics to determine patient populations needs, to develop strategies to improve quality of care and decrease cost through programs for specific disease groups and for the group of patients in the upper percentiles of health care utilization.




            Through Coyote Institute, I provided 2 weeks of volunteer activities to the Gippsland, Victoria (Australia) aboriginal community regarding the recent fires there and their incorporation of their own culture into the health services they provide.  This was sufficiently successful that we received a grant from the government of Australia to return for 2 more weeks of trainings/consultations in May 2010.

Consultation regarding patients using the Emergency room with the highest frequency. Through provision of relaxation training, a support group, and teaching stress reduction skills, these persons were able to greatly reduce their emergency room utilization.

Consultation to a group of alternative birth centers losing money through patient transfers to high-risk labor and delivery units before and during labor. Developed a program of prenatal education, stress reduction, labor visualization, and support groups which decreased hospital transfer and increased birth center income.

Development of a program for an asthma clinic for their difficult asthmatics which included stress management training, biofeedback, group therapy, and hypnosis. Cost of care improved along with a decrease in hospitalization and emergency room utilization.

Consultation to Indian Health Service facilities on how to integrate traditional Indian medicine practitioners into their service component.

I consulted to the U.S. Army on their psychopharmacology training program to teach clinical psychologists how to prescribe medications within Federal facilities (2009-2010).




Argosy University, Honolulu, Chair, Evaluation Committee, 2009 – 2010


Argosy University, Honolulu, Member, Student/Staff Satisfaction Committee, 2009 – 2010


University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine Admissions Committee, 2006 – 2009, member of the aboriginal sub-committee.


University of Saskatchewan Health Sciences Deans’ Committee on Aboriginal Issues, 2006 – 2009.


Prince Albert Grand Council, Mental Health Awareness Task Force of the Northern Health Strategies Working Group, 2006-2009.




University of Saskatchewan Committee on Visible Minorities, 2005-2009




American Psychiatric Association, Caucus on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry, 2005- present, Member of the Steering Committee, and Member, American Psychiatric Association Native American Psychiatrists Committee.


Member, Association of Canadian Universities, Committee on Aboriginal Health and Medical Education, 2008 to 2009.




2008 – present, Board Member, Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation.  Through this organization, I have provided free care to indigenous people in various locations in North America, volunteered to assist aboriginal people in Gippsland, Australia, to recover from the devastating fires there, and helped to organize community-based trainings at reduced or no fee for participants.


1990 – present, Elder Support, local communities where I have lived, most recently Saskatoon.


1983 to 1990, Board Member, and Executive Director, Resources for World Health, Tucson, Arizona and San Francisco, CA, an organization which raised money for traditional healers around the world and for enhancing and supporting their capacity to do ceremony and healing within their communities.



Lewis Mehl-Madrona