Internationally recognized for her discoveries of the science of the mind-body interaction in illness and healing, Dr. ESTHER M. STERNBERG has become a major force in collaborative initiatives on mind-body-stress-wellness and environment inter-relationships. Her books Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions are informative and scientifically based inspirations to doctors and laymen alike in dealing with the complexities and 21st century frontiers of stress, healing and wellness. Dr. Sternberg’s many honors include recognition by the National Library of Medicine as one of 300 women physicians who have changed the face of medicine. Formerly on the medical faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, in 1986 she joined the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where she is currently section Chief of Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health. She has been featured on numerous radio and television programs, including PBS’s The New Medicine and Life Part II, NPR’s Speaking of Faith and, in 2009, with Emmy Award winning Resolution Pictures, created and hosted a PBS special based on her books: The Science of Healing. Well known for her ability to translate complex scientific subjects for lay audiences, Sternberg has testified before Congress, advised the World Health Organization, and is a regular contributor to Science Magazine’s “Books et al.” column. A dynamic speaker, recognized by her peers as a spokesperson for the field, she translates complex scientific subjects in a highly accessible manner, with a combination of academic credibility, passion for science and compassion as a physician. Dr. Sternberg lectures nationally and internationally to both lay and scientific audiences and is frequently interviewed on radio, television and film and in print media on subjects including the mind-body connection, 'stress and illness', and spirituality, love, and health.