Julie holds a master's degree in science and is a certified instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an evidence-based, clinically supported, mind-body medicine program developed at UMASS Medical School. She has 20 years of experience with a variety of contemplative practices to manage stress, build emotional intelligence, sharpen decision-making; and improve communication. Julie has led focused training sessions for the U.S. Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, numerous public safety professionals and NGOs, and has facilitated corporate teambuilding workshops. In addition to private consulting, Julie has ten years of experience as a professor of Earth Science at Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College, in New Haven, Connecticut, where she incorporates contemplative practices as tools for proactive mental health. Julie is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Hartford with a research focus on mental resilience and human performance.