Angela Senders, ND

Angela Senders, ND

Scientific Review Committee Member

Dr. Angela Senders is co-chair of NCNM's Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) Program and a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2005, and maintained a private practice for six years with a focus on mind-body medicine. During this time she trained extensively with M.E.T.A. (Mindful Experiential Therapeutic Approaches), one of the premier educational institutes for applied mindfulness, in Portland, OR. Her work with clients utilized mindfulness and somatic psychotherapy to address the relationship between life experience and physical disease. In 2011 she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship with the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Diseases at OHSU to study mind-body medicine in a larger health care context.

Dr. Senders currently investigates the impact of psychological stress in multiple sclerosis and the role of mindfulness in health and well-being. Her research aims to inform the full integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and conventional stress-management services to improve the experience of living with a neurological condition. Because the integration of CAM and conventional medicine impacts all aspects of the health care system; including patients, providers, and payers; Dr. Senders’ work is driven by a systems perspective and an interdisciplinary approach. She works closely with experts in CAM research design, multiple sclerosis, and health economics to improve the clinical application of mind-body medicine and advance patient access to evidence-based integrative services.

View Dr. Senders' Curriculum Vitae.

Recent projects include:

  • A cross-sectional survey to evaluate perceived stress in multiple sclerosis and the role of mindfulness in health and well-being
  • Focus groups to evaluate the relationship between psychological stress and multiple sclerosis and how stress is handled in the conventional medical visit
  • Feasibility and validity study of PROMIS for collecting patient-reported outcomes in multiple sclerosis