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Suzanne Carmack, PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT, NBC-HWC

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Dr. Carmack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in global health foundations, leadership and advocacy. With 28 years of senior leadership experience in multiple roles at community, state, Federal and inter-agency levels, as well as 28 years of concurrent experience teaching in higher education, Dr. Carmack is an applied scholar/practitioner in the fields of health communication and well-being promotion. Her applied research is focused on the promotion of lifestyle medicine and somatic resilience practices in order to optimize human performance, integrative health and work/life well-being. She is currently developing face-face and digital coaching interventions that combine talk- and movement-based coaching techniques, in order to investigate and support the evolving integrative health, lifestyle medicine and human performance needs of leaders in the fields of healthcare, military service and education. These interventions aim to support these leaders in optimizing their work/life well-being, while empowering them to create cultures of well-being in their organizations and address the rising prevalence of burnout, compassion fatigue, and suicide in their fields. 

Dr. Carmack is the author of Well-Being Ultimatum (2015), Genius Breaks (2017), and the co-author of the forthcoming Coaching for Well-Being (2020). She lectures, coaches, publishes and presents keynotes internationally. She was awarded George Mason University’s Alumnae of the Year award by the Department of Communication in 2018, where she earned her PhD in Health Communication in 2014. She has been listed in Who’s Who in the World (Marquis) since 2006 and has received multiple awards for her applied research, intervention development and public health advocacy efforts.

Community Service

  • Founder / CEO, YogaMedCo, 2017-Present
  • Volunteer / Influencer, John P. Mayhugh Foundation Volunteer and Influencer, 2018-Present
  • Board Member, International School Yoga and Mindfulness Board Member, 2010-2012
  • Board Member, Lorton Arts Foundation Founding Board Member, 2003-2006
  • Scholarship Chair/ President, Officers’ Spouses’ Club, McGuire AFB, NJ, 2000-2001
  • Scholarship Chair, Officers’ Spouses’ Club, Charleston AFB, NJ, 1994-1995


PhD, Health Communication , George Mason University (2014)

MEd, Health and Kinesiology, University of Texas at Tyler (2009)

MFA, Theatre Management, University of Alabama (1991)

BA, Communication Arts, Allegheny College (1989)



Journal Articles

Carmack, S. (2018, forthcoming). Stop Sitting Still: A Public health plea to stop sitting so much in our workplaces and schools. Journal of Interprofessional Workforce Research and Development. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science: Chicago, Il.

Ahmadian, M., Carmack, S., Samah, A. A., Kreps, G., & Saidu, M. B. (2016). Psychosocial Predictors of Breast Self-Examination among Female Students in Malaysia: A Study to Assess the Roles of Body Image, Self-efficacy and Perceived Barriers. Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP, 17(3), 1277-1284.


Carmack, S. (2017). Genius Breaks: Optimize your workday performance and well-Being. Fairfax, VA: Body Doctrine Press.

Carmack, S. (2015). Well-Being Ultimatum: A Self-care guide for strategic healers – those who live in the service, leadership and healing of others. Fairfax, VA: Body Doctrine Press.

Book Chapter

Carmack, S. (2018, forthcoming). U.S. Physicians’ Burnout: A Systems-level problem in need of a socio-ecological solution. In Sturmberg, J., ed. (2018) Embracing Complexity in Health: the Transformation of science, practice and policy. Springer.

Honors & Awards

Alumna of the Year, 2018, GMU Department of Communication

Program of the Year , 2018, MITRE Corporation

MITRE Roar Award (research and recognition), 2017 & 2018, MITRE

Director’s Award (division-level recognition), 2017, MITRE Corporation

Mason Core Award, Teaching Excellence, 2017, George Mason University

Difference Award, 2014, George Mason University

Volunteer of the Year, 2014, Junior League of Northern Virginia

Dissertation Grant, Provost's Award 2014, George Mason University

Dean’s Challenge Award, 2013, George Mason University

Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in America, 2006-Present, Who's Who

U.S. President’s Volunteerism in Schools Award, 2002,

Consulting Experience

Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, Department of Defense, Office of Personnel and Readiness, SAPRO (Sexual Assault Prevention and Readiness Office), Department of the Navy, Culture of Excellence Campaign Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office | 2018 to 2019

As a translational implementation scientist exploring the intersections of well-being and communication, Dr. Carmack and her team designed, developed and delivered formative and empirical research and systems-level programming to support the mission interests of major Federal agencies, states and foundations. She and her team strategically built the evidence base for, conceptualized, co-created, and evaluated large-scale communication and behavior change campaigns. As a member of the senior leadership team, she helped design strategy efforts to solve real-world challenges for the underserved, in education and workforce contexts both domestically and internationally and leds multiple business development efforts resulting in $15M+ in revenue.

CMS Alliance for the Modernization of Healthcare (CAMH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS) | 2016 to 2018

As a social scientist and health communication subject matter expert, Dr. Carmack served as a strategic health communication science advisor for the MITRE corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing systems-level solutions for U.S. government sponsors in the public interest. In addition to being the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of MITRE’s Health Communication Science Community of Practice, she supported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a senior health communication science advisor. In 2016, Dr. Carmack and her team were asked to design, execute and evaluate internal (CDC) change management and external public health partner outreach efforts for the Surveillance Data Platform with Shared Services Initiative (SDP). Dr. Carmack and her team applied translational research in behavior change, strategic communication, and health communication to execute and evaluate the project’s communication efforts with internal and external stakeholders, resulting in the successful launch of the Cloud at CDC. In 2017, Dr. Carmack supported CDC’s national vital statistics system modernization efforts, by providing strategic communication guidance for the modernization of the mortality data ecosystem. Dr. Carmack also served as a facilitator for two inter-agency c-suite convenings, focused on biomedical innovation and social impact finance reform.

Presentations & Performances

Mercer Nonprofit Executive Leaders Forum

May 2019

Professional Women in Healthcare National Webinar Series

April 2019

Hero’s Journey Symposium for National Brain Health

March 2019 | John P. Mayhugh Foundation