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Jessica Matthews, DBH, MS, NBC-HWC

Program Director, Master of Science in Kinesiology, Integrative Wellness
Assistant Professor, MS Kinesiology

Dr. Jessica Matthews, DBH, MS, NBC-HWC, E-RYT500 is assistant professor and director of the Master of Kinesiology in Integrative Wellness program at Point Loma Nazarene University. An award-winning and innovative educator, she has developed and implemented graduate degree
and professional certificate programs at several colleges in Southern California, in addition to teaching a variety of graduate courses in areas such as lifestyle medicine and integrative health.

One of the first national board-certified health and wellness coaches (NBC-HWC) in the country, Dr. Matthews serves as director of integrative health coaching in the Centers for Integrative Health at UC San Diego in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. She also serves as lead faculty member in the area of health behavior change for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum in addition to serving as founding chair of the ACLM Health and Wellness Coaches member interest group.

A sought after and trusted resource for evidence-based, whole person health and wellness information, for over a decade Dr. Matthews has regularly contributed to numerous publications and media outlets, including, but not limited to, CNN, The Washington Post, Women’s Health, The New York Times, NPR, and Doctor Radio. She has previously served as a valued consultant and senior advisor for a number of leading health and fitness organizations, including the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and presently serves on the board of directors for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). For her contributions to the field of health and wellness as a seasoned mindful movement educator and integrative wellness thought leader, Dr. Matthews was honored as the 2017 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a top award recognizing superior instructional abilities and positive influence within one’s local community and the global health and fitness industry. She was also named by Canisius College to the inaugural Griffs Under 40, a list of notable alumni under the
age of 40 who are recognized innovators in their respective fields. 

A captivating international speaker with a compelling personal story and diverse professional experience and expertise, Dr. Matthews delivers keynote speeches, lectures, workshops and trainings at conferences, events and organizations worldwide. As an accomplished author and
content developer, she has written articles, books and created online courses for the general public and health and wellness professionals, to include serving as lead author and editor of The Professional's Guide to Health and Wellness Coaching. 

Dr. Matthews serves on the research team in the Center for Integrative Nutrition at UC San Diego. Her primary areas of research interest include health and wellness coaching, mindfulness practices, positive psychology interventions, and the use of a whole food, plant-based diet in the treatment of various chronic diseases and conditions.

Education

  • DBH, Doctor of Behavior Health (emphasis in clinical integrated care), Arizona State University
  • M.S., Physical Education, Canisius College
  • B.S., Physical Education Teacher Education, Coastal Carolina University

Courses Taught

Lifestyle Medicine and Integrative Health – KIN 6017

Behavior Change Models, Methods and Theories – KIN 6027

Exercise and Nutrition for Health and Healing – KIN 6037

Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching – KIN 6047

Mind-Body Medicine – KIN 6087

Graduate Internship in Kinesiology – KIN 6088

Project Seminar in Integrative Wellness – KIN 6097

Capstone – KIN 6098