Wellness Coaching: Patient Experiences and Research Findings

Panel Discussion

Wellness Coaching: Patient Experiences and Research Findings panel discussion by Matthew Clark

Matthew M. Clark, PhD, ABPP

Professor of Psychology, Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist, Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic

Sara M. Link, MS

Certified Wellness Coach, Program Manager, Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program

Brooke L. Werneburg, BA

Certified Wellness Coach, Resiliency Specialist & Faculty Member, Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program


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Wellness Coaching continues to gain popularity and is being incorporated into many employee wellness programs, and into the health care setting.   Given these exciting advances, the goal of this session is to share clinical experiences regarding best practices when working with employees and collaborating as a member of a primary care health care team.  This session will review case examples, provide information and clinical outcomes from employee and patient wellness coaching programs, and discuss the role of the wellness coach.  This session will review four of our published wellness coaching studies which examined; participant feedback from qualitative interviews (Health Behavior & Policy Review, 2014), changes in motivational level during coaching (American Journal of Health Behavior, 2014), improvements in quality of life and stress following a 12 week employee wellness coaching program (Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 2014), and improvements in goal-setting skills following participation in coaching (American Journal of Health Promotion, 2016).


Presenter Bio(s):

Matthew M. Clark is a Clinical Health Psychologist that helps medical patients implement positive lifestyle changes and is also the Resiliency Leader in his company’s employee wellness center.  He is a Professor of Psychology, Chair of Research for the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, his research has been funded by the NIH and he has over 150 scientific publications.


Sara M. Link is a Program Manager within Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program where she oversees a team of Resiliency Specialists and Wellness Coaches. Prior to this role, Sara was a Certified Wellness Coach within the program working with patients on lifestyle behavior change. Sara is currently involved with research implementing wellness coaching into the primary care setting.


Brooke L. Werneburg is a Resiliency Specialist and Certified Wellness Coach at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program where she partners with clients in making behavior change. She is also a faculty member of the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program and instructs individuals in growing foundational coaching skill sets. She is a published author and speaker on the topics of stress, resiliency and coaching.