Luann Fortune



Luann Fortune


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Mind-Body Medicine
Saybrook University
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Luann Drolc Fortune, MA, PhD, LMT, NCBTMB is Faculty and Coordinator of the Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) PhD Mindful Leadership in Healthcare Specialization in Saybrook's College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science, and MA and PhD in Human Development. She is a former Fellow at Fielding University's Institute of Social Innovation, and served on the executive committees for the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) and the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences (SPHS), and on the Program Plan Committee for IM4US (Integrative Medicine for Underserved). She has extensive experience in organizational development in the private sector, and operated a wellness and somatic therapy practice in Washington, DC for over 20 years.

Dr. Fortune's research interests include integrative wellness practices, as well as somatic awareness and embodiment techniques for scholarship, research, and practice. Her interest in human development issues conveys to her work on wellness models, aging, and strategic systems. Her writings and publications span multiple disciplines, invoke systems thinking, and promote translational value in scholarship and practice.

She currently lives in SW Florida, where she often works from her lanai over looking the Gulf of Mexico and walks the Turtle Patrol at dawn on Sanibel Island.

Many of her conference papers are published on ResearchGate:

Education History
Degree Institution Year
PhD, Human Development Fielding University, Santa Barbara, CA 2012
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Membership Chair Society for Phenomenology & Human Sciences
Treasurer Interdisciplinary Coalition of N American Phenomenologists
Member, past officer American Massage Therapy Association
Conference Planning Committee IM4US
Massage Therapist, Florida, Virginia, DC
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Group leader Women at the Well, community woman's group, Sanibel Florida
volunteer Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Sea Turtle program
volunteer & advocate ZONTA
Curriculum Vitae

Fortune, L. D., & Langenegger, J. A. (2011). What would Charlie say? A tribute to the wisdom of Charlie Seashore. College Station, TX: .


Fortune, L. (2010). The View of a Juror. In L. C. Brown & J. A. Langenegger, et al. (Ed.) Practicing Texas Politics: A Brief Survey: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt..

Fortune, L. D. (2016). Retracing the labyrinth: Applying phenomenology for embodied interpretation. In V.M.Bentz & V. Giorgino (Ed.) Contemplative Social ResearchSanta Barbara, CA: Fielding University Press.


Fortune, L. D., & Hymel, G. M. (2014). Creating integrative work: A qualitative study of how massage therapists work with existing clients. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies., 19 (1), 25-34.

Fortune, L. D. (2012). Essences of somatic awareness as captured in a verbally directed body scan: A phenomenological case study. Schutzian Research: A Yearbook of Worldly Phenomenology and Qualitative Social Science, 3 , 105-118.

Fortune, L. D., & Gillespie, E. (2012). The influence of practice standards on massage therapists' work experience: A phenomenological pilot study. International Journal of Massage Therapy and Bodywork, 3 , 5-11.

Fortune, L. (2009). On Being a Juror: A phenomenological self-study.. Indo- Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 9 , 1-9.

Russo, R. & Fortune, L. D. (2016). Six evidence-based integrative health practices to manage eight common chronic conditions and promote self-care:  A review with findings inspired by a workplace wellness case study. SM Journal of Community Medicine, 2 (2), 1018.


Fortune, L. D. (editor). (2015). Embodied Research. Retrieved from