Dr. Michelle Pearce is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine within the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. She is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed to practice in Maryland, and specializes in behavioral medicine and spirituality and health. Dr. Pearce received her Ph.D. from Yale University, after completing an internship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center. She then completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center, one in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and one with the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health.
Dr. Pearce researches the relationship between religion/spirituality, coping, and health, spiritual needs among end of life oncology patients, and the integration of spirituality into the practice of psychotherapy. She has a passion for the application of clinical research to improve patient care and quality of life. She is also committed to teaching and training medical and psychology students and health care professionals.
Dr. Pearce's areas of clinical expertise include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mind-body stress reduction methods, existential issues, and behavioral medicine to address issues at the intersection of mental and physical illness, particularly coping with chronic illness and eating and weight disorders. She has received advanced training in integrative medicine from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.