Scholars and Fellows

The Nova Institute’s Scholars, Fellows, and Visionaries are accomplished leaders and young trailblazers whose cutting-edge work promotes integrative approaches to health. They hail from esteemed institutions across the country and around the world. Our program gives them the freedom and resources to take their work in new, pioneering directions.


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George “Bud” Brainard, PhD

For more than 30 years, George Brainard, PhD, has studied the effects of light on the biology and behavior of animals and humans. His research has been widely supported by public, industrial, and private sources.

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Paul Dieppe, BSc, MD, BS(Lond), FRCP, FFPH

Dr. Paul Dieppe is among world’s preeminent osteoarthritis researchers and one of only 23 health researchers in the UK to hold the prestigious Emeritus Senior Investigator award from the National Institute for Health Research.

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Frederick O. Foote, MD, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret.)

Frederick O. Foote, MD, a retired U.S. Navy physician, leads the Epidaurus Project, which aims to integrate whole-person care in hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S. Military Health System.

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Richard Hammerschlag, PhD

Dr. Hammerschlag, with a background in neurobiology, works primarily in acupuncture and biofield physiology research and serves as the executive director of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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David Scott Jones, MD

David Scott Jones, MD, is president emeritus and a member of the board of directors of The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), where he served as president and director of medical education from 2000 to 2013.

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George Kaplan, PhD

Professor George A. Kaplan, PhD, is a social epidemiologist whose work on the role of behavioral, social, psychological and socioeconomic factors in health and health inequalities has been cited more than 63,000 times. A major theme in his work is the complex linkage between “upstream” and “downstream” factors in maintaining health.

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David John Lary, PhD

David John Lary, PhD, is an atmospheric scientist whose work focuses on using remote sensing from robotic aerial vehicles and satellites coupled with machine learning to facilitate scientific discovery and decision support.

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Susan Prescott, MD, PhD

Professor Susan Prescott, MD, PhD, is a pediatrician and an internationally acclaimed physician-scientist, well known for her cutting-edge research into the early environmental determinants of health and disease.

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Judy Rollins PhD, RN

Judy Rollins, PhD, RN, brings 30 years of arts and healthcare experience in research, consulting, program development, and education. She is a registered nurse with a BFA in the visual arts, an MS in child development and family studies, and a PhD in health and community studies.

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Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD

Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD, is a family and public health physician, practicing at Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally-qualified community health center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Stange examines the integration of relationship-centered care at the crossroads between person and population.

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Sara L. Warber, MD

Sara L. Warber, MD is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader, researcher, educator and clinician in integrative healthcare, known for her work studying the use and measurement of integrative therapies, the phenomenon of healing, nature and health, and the effects of complex interventions on human well-being.

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Claudia M. Witt, MD, MBA

Dr. Witt is a physician, epidemiologist, and research methodologist focusing on the evaluation of non-pharmacological interventions in integrative medicine, as well as non-specific factors such as therapy outcomes.

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Steven Woolf, MD, MPH

Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, is Professor at the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Woolf researches the many social determinants of health and aims to establish a new model for communicating scientific evidence to decision-makers.


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Andrew C. Ahn, MD, MPH

Dr. Ahn is a junior faculty member of both the Massachusetts General Hospital Martinos Center and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of General Medicine and Primary Care. His research interest is in computational medicine and large-scale electrophysiological processes within the human body.

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Kirstin Aschbacher, PhD

Kirstin Aschbacher, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoneuroimmunologist on the faculty of University of California, San Francisco. The overarching goal of Dr. Aschbacher’s research is to illuminate the psychobiological mechanisms by which chronic and traumatic stress contribute to cardiometabolic disease, in order to develop integrative interventions to restore health.

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Chris D’Adamo, PhD

Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with research interests in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle practices and genetics on human health, as well as outcomes evaluations of multi-modality, whole-practice integrative health interventions and programs

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Jeff Greeson, PhD

Dr. Greeson is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rowan University in New Jersey, where he directs the Mindfulness, Stress & Health Lab and is Co-Director of Research for the Center for Humanism at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

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Heidi Gullett, MD, MPH

Heidi Gullett, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Center for Community Health Integration at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Gullett believes that it is vitally important to understand the root causes of the current fragmented system and to address the identified opportunities for integration of care to reduce the health effects of poverty.

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Carley Riley, MD, MPH, MPP

Carley Riley, MD, MPP, MHS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her work (with research partner Brita Roy) focuses on trends and geographic variation in well-being among US populations.

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Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Director of Population Health for Yale Medicine and the Center for Research Engagement. Her work focuses on trends and geographic variation in well-being among US populations.

Nature Sacred Fellows

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Denise Shante Brown

Denise Shanté Brown, MA, is a designer and mental health advocate strategizing compassionate interventions for connection, well-being and social transformation. During her collaborative practice at

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Francesca Richardson, PhD

Francesca Richardson, PhD is a licensed clinical social worker and qualitative researcher. A clinical social worker for over 25 years, she has extensive experience working in mental health, hospice, employee assistance programs and in private practice.

Visiting Visionaries

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Rebecca S. Etz, PhD

Rebecca S. Etz is a cultural anthropologist at Virginia Commonwealth University with expertise in qualitative research methods and design, primary care measures, practice transformation, and engaging stakeholders.

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Valentina A. Morani, Dipl.O.M., L.Ac.

Valentina Morani works in Chinese Medicine and sound healing, and has a background in fine arts that she occasionally combines with her healing practices. She also explores the concept of wellness retreats and next generation healing centers.