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Suzanne Carmack, PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT

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Suzie Carmack is a Principal Communication and Well-Being Researcher for the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she strategically designs, develops and delivers relevant formative and empirical research and systems-level programming guidance to support the mission interests of major federal agencies, states and foundations. In addition to her senior leadership role at AIR, Dr. Carmack maintains an active scholar/practitioner agenda, serving on the adjunct faculties of George Mason University and the American University; delivering keynotes internationally to professional audiences; publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals; and presenting community-based participatory research at academic conferences. Prior to joining AIR in 2018, she spent 28 years leading award-winning change management and stakeholder convening efforts for over 100 organizational and agency-level clients, including the Pan American/World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Park Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency (CSOSA). As the author of Well-Being Ultimatum (2015) and Genius Breaks (2017), she has been recognized with multiple awards for her translational scholarship, including recognition as the graduate alumna of the year by the Department of Communication at George Mason University (2018). Dr. Carmack’s multi-disciplinary training in both the arts and sciences includes: a PhD in Health Communication (George Mason University, 2014); a MEd in Kinesiology (University of Texas at Tyler, 2009); a MFA in Theatre (University of Alabama and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival,1991); and a BA degree in Communication Arts and Writing (Allegheny College, 1989).


PhD, Health & Strategic Communication , George Mason University (2014)

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

MFA, Theatre & Arts Administration, University of Alabama (1991)

BA, Communication Arts & Writing, 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,