Elizabeth A. Stanley

Elizabeth A. Stanley

Capt. (fmr) Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD, is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University and the founder of the Mind Fitness Training Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching skills for enhancing performance and building resilience to stress.

She served during the 1990s as a United States Army military intelligence officer, leaving service with the rank of Captain. Drawing on her military experience, research expertise, and mindfulness training, she created Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)® and has taught it to troops and others in high-stress occupations. 

MMFT is the first mindfulness-based training program to have its beneficial effects with military populations documented in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Elizabeth Stanley has extensive experience with mind fitness techniques and has training in body-based trauma therapies, including Somatic Experiencing®. Stanley has spoken and published widely on a variety of topics related to mind fitness, resilience, military effectiveness and innovation, and national security. 

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