E-mail: lhm4@columbia.edu

Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI, has worked with persons with chronic illness and their caregivers for over 25 years in a wide range of community, research, and institutional settings. Since her graduation from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and Public Health, she has developed a pioneering practice using mindfulness, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to improve the quality of life in community, hospital and nursing home settings.

McBee has participated in professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, and in Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals. Ms. McBee became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher in July 2008.

Her presentations have included national and international conferences. She regularly presents to and consults with institutional and community direct-care providers. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care, her book based on her innovations in adapting mindfulness and complementary and alternative medicine for elders and their caregivers was released in 2008.  She has been a CUSSW field instructor and educational coordinator for social work interns for 12 years, and is a faculty mentor for Public Health Dual Degree students.

McBee is currently an instructor for clients and staff at the Center for Comprehensive Care at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Continuum Health Care Partners. More information about Lucia’s work can be found atwww.luciamcbee.com.