mental wellness Initiative

The Mental Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute aims to understand those pathways that help people stay well and thrive mentally as well as physically. The lens of mental wellness extends from the very inner aspects of individual experience through to the influence and condition of what is sometimes called the ‘social mind’ – i.e. the mental condition of the surrounding society and its effect on &/or contribution to mental wellness. The GWI's Mental Wellness Initiative will collect and share evidence on a wide range of mental, nutritional and physical modalities that support lifelong growth of mental wellbeing and happiness, creativity and generativity, wisdom, inner peace and transcendence.

2017 Briefing Paper
The briefing paper is a snapshots of this industry sector including valuable information on latest trends, challenges and initiative accomplishments. Read full paper HERE


Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD


Alina Hernandez

initiative Chair

Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; & Dept. of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York,  United States.  Public Health Academic & Clinical Psychologist
Professor Gerry Bodeker, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, researches and advises on integrative medicine and wellness. He has researched and taught in medical sciences at Oxford for two decades, and is adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. He works with private sectors, governments and UN organizations, including WHO and the UN University, advising on culturally themed wellness strategies.


vice chair

Alina Hernandez, Organizational Advisor, United States
Alina Hernandez collaborates with Dr. Sergio Pecorelli and Patricia Ladis of KIMA Wellness on a training program designed around the reframe of the First 1000 Days of Life. Her recent work with the Lorenzini Medical Foundation, specializing in primary prevention and translational medicine (New York City)) solidified Alina’s commitment to evidence-based knowledge. Her work has included coaching, personal & organizational development; sponsorship and hospitality management for the Olympic Games and World Cup; and production of global meetings on health and wellness themes. Alina is a life-long student of Psychological Stage Development theories, and an Integral Theory practitioner. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Field, Brain Spa optimization industry innovator.

initiative Members


Beata Aleksandrowicz


Nancy Board


Bryan Hoare


Dr. Fikry Isaac


Dr. Lawrence Choy