Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanley
Elizabeth A. Stanley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University, jointly appointed in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department. She speaks, teaches, and writes about resilience, decision-making under stress, enacted systems, civil-military relations, military effectiveness and innovation, and international security. Her book, Paths to Peace (Stanford University Press), won the 2009 Edgar S. Furniss Award for the best first book in the fields of national and international security. She served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Asia, Europe, and on Balkans deployments, leaving service as a captain. She created Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT), which she’s taught to thousands in high-stress environments. Her second book, Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive during Stress, Uncertainty, and Change (Avery Books, forthcoming in 2019), about the neurobiology of resilience, based on her teaching in these high-stress environments. She’s also a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy. She holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.B.A. focused on technology strategy and organizational behavior from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale.