Dr. Carmack has worked in the health and well-being promotion field since 1997. As a keynote speaker, coach and consultant, she has personally coached over 2000 individuals, organizations, associations, and teams on how to work and live in more centered (creative, healthy, happy & purpose-driven) ways. Recent well-being promotion consulting projects include commissioned work in ergonomics, stress management and mindfulness for the Pan American / World Health Organization international office teams (2013 and 2014) and campaign design (theoretical architecture) for the Operation Live Well campaign, a project sponsored by the Department of Defense Office of Health Affairs (2014 - present).
Dr. Carmack's interdisciplinary research, programs and keynotes on work/life balance, health communication, mindfulness, and well-being promotion have been presented at local, regional, national and international conferences including: the National Academies of (Medical) Practice; the American Public Health Association; the National Communication Association; the DCHC Health Communication Conference; the DCAC International Fitness Convention; and the Club Spa and Fitness Association. She has taught and developed courses for the College of Charleston (1992-1995), St. Louis University (1996-1999), American University (2003), Northern Virginia Community College (2008 - 2012) and George Mason University (2011 - present). As the creator and owner of CenteredBeing Education, she has trained over 1000 well-being coaches, yoga teachers, and Pilates therapists throughout the United States as well as abroad in Taiwan, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Curacao in her CenteredBeing system. As an active civic volunteer, she serves on the Community Action Board for the Junior League of Northern Virginia, and the Board of Directors for Simple Changes therapeutic riding.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Carmack holds advanced degrees in the humanities (MFA, Theatre), natural sciences (MEd, Health and Kinesiology) and social sciences (PhD, Health and Strategic Communication, from George Mason University). Her professional training in mind/body approaches to well-being includes credentials as a teacher trainer (trainer of instructors) for the American Council on Exercise (Post-rehabilitative fitness); Yoga Alliance (Yoga Instruction and Yoga Therapy) and Pilates Method Alliance (Pilates therapeutics).
When she is not teaching, researching, coaching or mentoring others to live and work in centered ways, she enjoys practicing Yoga, Pilates and spending time with her family and friends. She and her partner Bob Shircliff live in Fairfax, VA, and she is the proud mother of three teenaged children: Chris, Brandon and Sophia.
Carmack, S. (Under Development). Engaging Joy: Confessions of a Happiness Researcher.
Carmack, S. (In Process). Pilot Study: “Sit Less, Move More, Get Centered: An exploratory evaluation of the CenteredBeing functional health and well-being intervention in K-12 settings."
Carmack, S. (In Process). Pilot Study: “Sit Less, Move More, Get Centered: An exploratory evaluation of the CenteredBeing functional health and well-being intervention in office settings."
Carmack, S. (2015). "Transforming Health, Readiness and Well-Being: Best Practice in Military Health Communication and Promotion" Presenter (Panel): DC Health Communication Conference, April 16, 2015.
Carmack, S., Browson, C., Holmes, S., Nsibirwa, N. (2015). “Sit Less, Move More, Get Centered: An exploratory evaluation of the CenteredBeing functional health and well-being intervention”. Poster: DC Health Communication Conference, April 16, 2015.
Carmack, S. (2015) “Making Sense of Well-Being: A Mixed-Methods Study Applying Sense-Making Theory to Explore The Role of Communication Competence and Social Support in Physical, Emotional, Mental and Comprehensive Well-Being”. Poster / Honorable Mention Award: DC Health Communication Conference, April 16, 2015.
Carmack, S. (2014). Making Sense of Well-Being: A Mixed methods study applying sense-making theory to explore the role of communication competence and social support in physical, emotional, mental and comprehensive well-being. Dissertation. http://digilib.gmu.edu/xmlui/handle/1920/8841
Carmack, S. (2013). Stuck at a Desk? Wellness week opens with a focus on workplace wellbeing. Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization. Link HERE.