Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN is the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. This interdisciplinary center coordinates integrative health and medicine programs and initiatives in the Medical School, School of

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAANMary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN is the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. This interdisciplinary center coordinates integrative health and medicine programs and initiatives in the Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and other units throughout the Academic Health Center. Dr. Kreitzer was the principal investigator of a five year $1.6 million National Institutes of Health (NCCAM) education grant. She is currently the co-PI on several grants including a five year $2.1 million NIH (NINR) clinical trial of mindfulness meditation with solid organ transplant patients, a clinical trial funded by BlueCross/Blue Shield of Minnesota on the impact of an integrated residential treatment program on women with eating disorders, a grant evaluating the use of mindfulness meditation to treat chronic insomnia and an NIH (NCCAM) funded clinical trial on the use of mindfulness meditation with caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients . Dr. Kreitzer is also the co-program director of an NIH funded clinical research fellowship program. In addition to her administrative responsibilities in the Center for Spirituality and Healing, Mary Jo teaches courses in research and optimal healing environments in the graduate minor in complementary therapies and healing practices, and is a tenured professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Kreitzer earned her doctoral degree in health services research and her masters and bachelor’s degrees in nursing. She serves as the vice-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.