Elizabeth Sutherland, ND

Chair, Program Development
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Assistant Professor



Dr. Elizabeth Sutherland received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from Tufts University, and her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Natural Medicine. Her research focus is the practitioner-patient relationship. Currently she is an Assistant Professor and Chair of Program Development at NCNM, and also chairs the NCNM Institutional Review Board. She teaches in the psychology curriculum.    

Courses taught:
PSY421/421L Cultivation of the Practitioner I.


Curriculum Vitae

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 2009
Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona, College of Medicine  
Two-year training in qualitative and quantitative methodology and innovative study design using principles of Complexity Science to investigate and evaluate the practice of whole-systems of CAM
Certificate of Training in Human Investigations 2005
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR  
Two-year Human Investigations Program to provide training on all aspects of conducting clinical trials  
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine 1997
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR  
Pre-Medical Studies 1992
Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, MA  
Bachelor of Science, Biopsychology 1991
Tufts University, Medford, MA  
Chair, Program Development and Assistant Professor of Naturopathic Medicine 2011-present
National College of Natural Medicine  
Chair, Institutional Review Board 2010- present
National College of Natural Medicine  
Adjunct Faculty/ Adjunct Investigator 2006-2011
National College of Natural Medicine and Helfgott Research Institute  
• Project coordinator for development of undergraduate degree completion program  
• Teach doctor-patient relationship and communication skills  
• Implemented comprehensive restructuring of Psychology curriculum  
• Developed course content and learning outcomes for multiple courses  
• Coordinate content and implementation of Psychology courses  
• One of originally five vanguard faculty designated to mentor NCNM faculty and students in incorporating principles of evidence-based practice into the academic and clinical curriculums
• Site (NCNM) principal investigator for NIH-funded trial (NCCAM R01-AT0033114-03 Ritenbaugh PI, U of AZ). Collaborated on systematic development of a questionnaire to capture whole-person outcomes associated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Led process of questionnaire validation among healthcare providers
• Project leader on sub-study within an NIH-funded trial ((NCCAM 1U01 AT002570-03 Ritenbaugh PI, U of AZ) to investigate the influence of practitioner beliefs and values on clinical practice and possible impact on patient outcomes
Research Associate III 2004-2005
Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW), Portland, OR  
• Co-investigator on study that examined relational attributes of clinicians consistently rated highly on patient satisfaction surveys to determine the best practice communication and interactive behaviors during outpatient clinic visits with a view to development of relational skills training program
• Consultant to the Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) Natural Products Advisory Committee and the KPNW Integrative Medicine Center
Clinical Investigator and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 1999-2005
Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research, Oregon Center for   
Complementary and Alternative Medicine  
• Collaborated on the development of rigorous and realistic naturopathic medicine protocol for first ever NIH study of whole-systems naturopathic medicine
• Physician in naturopathic arm of study and contributed to analysis of data for outcomes assessment
Technical Trainer/Lecturer 1998-2000
Transitions for Health, Inc, Portland, OR  
• Developed and provided clinical and educational support through research, written material, seminars, and telephone consultations on natural options for women’s health, in particular, the use of bio-identical hormones and nutritional medicine
• Lectured several times a month throughout the U.S. to licensed healthcare providers (MD, ND, DO, NP, pharmacists)
• Assisted in assessment of new formulations  
Visiting lecturer 2006-present
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine  
Biomedical Perspectives, Doctoral Program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine  
Clinical faculty 2003-present
Oregon Health & Science University, College of Nursing  
Member Editorial Board and peer reviewer for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2005-present
Peer reviewer for The Permanente Journal, Kaiser Permanente’s national, peer-reviewed medical journal 2004-present

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Updated Nov. 9, 2012