Maya McNeilly, PhD

Instructor, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program and the Mindfulness Training for Professionals

Dr. McNeilly is a licensed clinical and health psychologist with 30+ years of clinical practice in integrative and mindfulness-based psychotherapy; research, and teaching as former full time faculty at Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.  Her research is published in scientific journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, Psychophysiology, and others.  Dr. McNeilly has also served as faculty for the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies teaching mindfulness for recovery and relapse prevention, and helps corporations integrate mindfulness into the workplace.  She is currently an instructor at the Duke Integrative Medicine Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program where she teaches foundation and graduate classes, and has co-facilitated the Mindfulness Training for Professionals at Duke with Dr. Jeffrey Brantley, founder of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program.  Dr. McNeilly has practiced meditation since childhood in a variety of traditions, including Buddhist, Christian Contemplative Prayer, and Jewish, with teachers in the U.S., Tibet and Nepal, and elsewhere. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the North Carolina Psychological Association.


  • Postdoctoral NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (Cardiovascular Health in Older Individuals), Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC,1987-1989
  • D. University of Georgia, Athens, August, 1987 Major:  Psychology (Clinical: Health Psychology/Multicultural Populations). APA approved program
  • Internship Brown University Psychology Internship Consortium Providence, RI, 1984-1985. APA approved internship
  • S. University of Georgia, Athens, August, 1984 Major:  Psychology (Clinical: Health Psychology/Multicultural Populations)
  • S. University of Wisconsin, Madison, August,1979 Major:  Music (Performance, Piano)
  • Second Major:  Psychology (Biopsychology), August, 1981
  • S. University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, August, 1976 Major:  Music Education, Second Major: Psychology
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