About Us





William Collinge, PhD, MPH, LCSW is a consultant, author, speaker and researcher in the field of integrative health care. He has extensive experience working with people with cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and other conditions. He also provides mental health services to Veterans and their families through the VA Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice programs, and the non-profit Returning Veterans Project. He has led workshops and retreats across North America, in Hawaii, New Zealand and the UK, and has a private practice of health-related psychotherapy and mind/body medicine in Eugene, Oregon. William has served as Principal Investigator on eight NIH-funded studies (below). His latest book is Partners in Healing: Simple Ways to Offer Support, Comfort and Care to a Loved One Facing Illness (Shambhala, 2008). (Vitae)

Collinge and Associates, Inc. is an independent research and consulting organization funded by the National Institutes of Health and other sources to develop innovative approaches to benefiting public health. Current and past projects focus on integrating health-promoting behavior, complementary therapies, and educational programs for empowerment of individuals and families. These include the award-winning video program Touch, Caring and Cancer: Simple Instruction for Family and Friends, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute; and Mission Reconnect, for veterans and loved ones affected by deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. Other studies have focused on fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, mind/body techniques, and complementary therapies in community mental health. The work is conducted in collaboration with like-minded organizations at the community and national levels. Teams of experts from academia and the private sector are assembled for each project based on their unique expertise. Below is a listing of Associates who have participated in past or current projects.


John Astin, PhD, Senior Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco

Harold Bob, MD, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Baltimore, MD

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, Tussi and John Kluge Endowed Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care, University of Virginia School of Nursing; faculty leader of the Compassionate Care and Empathic Leadership Initiative; Directorate of the UVA Contemplative Sciences Center

Diane Brown, PhD, Executive Director, Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities and Professor, School of Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Mishka Cira, BA, LMT, NCTMB, oncology massage therapist, trainer in the Touch, Caring and Cancer program, and researcher, Nairobi, Kenya.

Jean Colbath, MSN, RNC, Program Director, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston

Gary Deng, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Patricia Dewey, PhD, Health Arts Management Program, University of Oregon, Eugene

Margaret Donahue, MS, LMT, University of Oregon Health Center, Eugene, OR

Emily Esposito, PhD, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, Louisville, KY

Stu Farber, MD, Palliative Care Program, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Kenneth Fletcher, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, U Mass Medical School

Marcie Freeman, MEd, Director, Harvard Cooperative Program on Aging

Fred Friedberg, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Stonybrook

Don Goldenberg, MD, Newton Wellesley Hospital and Tufts Medical School

Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Candace Hammer-Chaney, PhD, RN, New Focus Therapies and Consulting, Chehalis, WA

Valerie Hartman, RN, CTRN, Holy Redeemer Hospice, Philadelphia, PA

Daniel Hinshaw, MD, Founding Medical Director, Palliative Care Consultation Service, VA Medical Center; and University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor

Janet Kahn, PhD, NCTMB, Peace Village Projects, Inc., and University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT; appointed by President Obama to serve on the administration’s Advisory Board on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health

David Kearney, MD, Director, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Clinical Champion, Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, VA Puget Sound Medical Center

Leila Kozak, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow in palliative care research at the VA Puget Sound Medical Center where she is using The Touch, Caring and Cancer Program with veterans and their families. A native Spanish speaker, she is also involved in several international efforts to promote complementary therapies in palliative care, including Paliativos sin Fronteras.

Mark Laudenslager, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Lab, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Eric Leskowitz, MD, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston

Mary Malinski, BA, RN, LMT, HN-BC, Integrative Medicine Dept., Providence Cancer Center, Portland, OR

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, Oncology Massage Education Associates, Portland, OR

Ana Natale-Pereira, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Laurel Northouse, PhD, Mary Lou Willard French Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan

Janet Quinn, PhD, Associate Professor, Adjoint, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing

Dorothy Woods Smith, PhD, RN, University of Southern Maine College of Nursing and Health Professions

Jerry Solfvin, PhD, Center for Indic Studies, U Mass Dartmouth

Rob Soltysik, MS, Optimal Data Analysis, LLC, Severn, MD

Tracy Walton, MS, LMT, NCTMB, private practice, Cambridge, MA

Diane Wind Wardell, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, and Director of Research, Healing Touch International

Shirl Weaver, PhD, Associate Professor, University of New England College of Osetopathic Medicine, and Harvard Upper New England Geriatric Education Center

Roberta Wentworth, MSW, LMT, program director, Complementary Therapies Program, Counseling Services, Inc., Saco, Maine

Jerry Wesch, PhD, Director, Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program, Darnell Medical Center, Ft. Hood, Texas

Qingwen Xu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work

Paul Yarnold, PhD, Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois

David Zucker, MD, PhD, Medical Director and Program Leader, Cancer Rehabilitation Services, Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA