Professor Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, NBC-HWC is Chair of Integrative Health Studies masters program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr Jordan is a clinical medical anthropologist, national board certified health and wellness coach, award-winning international health journalist, behavioral health specialist, RN, author, and President of Global Medicine Enterprises. She was founding editor in chief of American Fitness Magazine, and is emeritus board member of the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching. Her peer-reviewed journal articles on education and training of health coaches, coaching for diversity and the underserved, and the difference between coaching and therapy rank in the top tier of cited publications for coaching psychology.
Dr. Jordan also served as Co-President of the National Wellness Institute board, the first woman leader in the Institute’s 40-year history. She was among the first to receive Certified Wellness Professional credential from NWI. She also is part of the faculty for the Integrative Health Coaching program at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, and is a lecturer for the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Her innovative model for teaching coaching to health care professionals has been adopted in India and China.
As a medical anthropologist, she specializes in collaborative models for integrative medicine and the emergence of health coaches as novel agents in health behavior change. She received a grant from the Aetna Foundation to bring Integrative Wellness Coaching to public housing residents and the homeless. She is author of several journal articles and books, including The Fitness Instinct, and How to be a Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach, and Integrative Health Coaching, and the forthcoming Adventures of a Global Medicine Hunter.
She has a clinical practice as a behavioral health specialist, advanced practice RN, and certified coach, and is the former director of Integrative Practice at the Health Medicine Center. She serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards, including the Executive Board of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches, the Health Medicine Institute, and a leadership committee for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from National Wellness Institute, the Circle and Leadership Service Award, the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the White House and Jaycees, and American Heart Association honors as a cardiac rehabilitation supervisor, contributing to the nation’s first hospital-based wellness center in Los Angeles. Dr. Jordan is former health commentator for NBC Today, West Coast CNN, KTVU-TV, and host of Global Medicine Hunter® radio and Global TV in Canada. She was on the first California Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. Her hobbies include racing sailboats and kayaking in San Francisco Bay, and enjoying a wellness lifestyle with family and friends and four-footed companions.