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Lisa is the Coordinator of the Michigan State University, Spartan Resilience Training Program which seeks to provide comprehensive resilience education to interested members of the MSU community including students, employees, leaders, alumni, retirees, and family members.

Over the past 30 years, Lisa has worked with others to craft the Spartan Resilience Training Model, a model which braids together social justice education and social emotional learning. The model incorporates core principles of healthy human functioning with several evidence-based theories to help people build capacity for emotional resilience, psychological flexibility, empathy, shame-resilience, self-compassion, mindfulness, courage building, and value-guided action. Lisa passionately believes these skills are essential for high-quality authentic relationships within and across human differences; healthy conflict resolution; the development of healthy work team cultures; and daring leadership in our personal and professional lives.

Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. Lisa is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and is affiliated with the Brené Brown Research and Education Group

Outside of her work at MSU, Lisa enjoys moments spent with her 3 incredible adult children and her amazing wife, family, and friends. Her favorite way to spend a summer day is on the edge of a Great Lake, in her kayak on quiet waters, and/or hiking in beautiful outdoor spaces.


This Webinar Series provides an opportunity to build emotional resilience and psychological flexibility skills to aid in the navigation of any work/life challenges you may be confronting now and in the future.

A weekly on-line support session for people grieving the loss of a friend, loved one, co-worker, or family member.

Learn informal mindfulness skills to help you find a sense of balance in your life.

Continue Your Learning. Deepen Your Practice.

When we are trying to move forward after a traumatic event, or significant loss, it is vital that we show up for ourselves in kind and loving ways. This is no time for our well-developed inner critics to be in control of our recovery.

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Food and Nutrition Counseling Services

Food and Nutrition Counseling Services provides you with access to accurate health and lifestyle information, helping you to explore new behaviors and skills, and identifying useful campus and community resources.

MSU community members eligible for food and nutrition counseling services include faculty, staff, graduate assistants, retirees and the spouses/partners of members of these groups.

To schedule an appointment with Health4U you are not required to email us from your MSU email address; please email us from the email address you are most comfortable with. 

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Departmental Services

The goal of department based services is to provide work units and colleagues the opportunity to learn about health and wellness as a group activity or exploration.  

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