Michael J Mackenzie

Michael J. Mackenzie

Michael J Mackenzie, PhD

Associate Professor

Office Location:
315 Tower at STAR

Dr. Mackenzie is an Associate Professor of Health Behavior Science at University of Delaware. Dr. Mackenzie has worked in research, clinical, and leadership roles in the fields of mental health, rehabilitation and education since 2000.

Dr. Mackenzie is Program Director for UD’s International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC)-approved Graduate Certificate in Clinical Health Coaching. UD’s Health Coaching Program provides healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to facilitate positive behavior change to promote health and reduce chronic disease risk and experience.

Dr. Mackenzie also directs the Mind Body Behavior Lab (MBBL) at UD. The MBBL focuses on how engagement in mind-body practices influence health behaviors and outcomes. The MBBL mission is to advance public health and medical care models to better include mind-body practices as standard to health promotion and chronic disease prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Dr. Mackenzie holds an MSc in Counseling Psychology and PhD in Health & Exercise Psychology from the University of Calgary, Canada. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Exercise Psychology Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Mackenzie worked previously as a clinician and researcher offering solution-focused counseling and mindfulness-based and yoga programs in cancer care, addictions, and the community.

Additional information about Dr. Mackenzie’s work can be found at: https://sites.udel.edu/mbbl/ 


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Exercise Psychology, 2014
  • PhD, Health & Exercise Psychology, 2012
  • MSc, Counseling Psychology, 2003
  • DipEd, Educational Psychology, 1999
  • BA, Communication, 1996


  • BHAN/ENTR 256: Mindfulness for Innovation
  • BHAN 332: Health Behavior Theory and Assessment
  • HLPR 430: Behavior Change Strategies & Tactics
  • BHAN 435: Physical Activity Behavior
  • BHAN 609: Research Methods
  • HLPR 630: Behavior Change Strategies & Tactics
  • HLPR 650: Healthy Lifestyles: Mind, Body, Behavior
  • HLPR 664: Health Coaching Practicum


  • Gannon M, Mackenzie M, Kaltenbach K, Abatemarco D. (2017). Impact of mindfulness-based parenting on women in treatment for opioid use disorder. Journal of Addiction Medicine. 11(5), 368-376.1. Gannon M, Mackenzie M, Kaltenbach K, Abatemarco D. (2017). Impact of mindfulness-based parenting on women in treatment for opioid use disorder. Journal of Addiction Medicine. 11(5), 368-376.
  • Mackenzie MJ, Wurz AJ, Yamauchi Y, Pires L, Culos-Reed SN. (2016) Yoga helps put the pieces back together: a qualitative exploration of a community-based yoga program for cancer survivors. Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 2016.
  • Fanning J, Mackenzie M, Roberts S, Crato I, Ehlers D, McAuley E. (2016) Physical activity, mind wandering, affect, and sleep: An ecological momentary assessment. Journal of Medical & Internet Research: Mobile & Ubiquitous Health, 4(3): e104.
  • Mackenzie MJ, Zuniga KE, Raine LB, Awick EA, Hillman CH, Kramer AF, McAuley E (2016). Associations between physical fitness indices and working memory in breast cancer survivors and age-matched controls. Journal of Women’s Health, 25 (1), 99-108.
  • Mackenzie MJ, Zuniga KE, McAuley EM (2016). Cognitive impairment in breast cancer survivors: The protective role of physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and exercise training. In T McMorris, ed., Exercise-Cognition Interaction: Neuroscience Perspectives (pp.399-419). London: Academic Press.
  •  Chaddock-Heyman L, Mackenzie MJ, Zuniga KE, Cooke G, Awick EA, Roberts SA, Erickson KI, McAuley E, Kramer AF (2015). Higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels are associated with greater hippocampal volume in breast cancer survivors. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, 9, 465.

  • Zuniga KE, Mackenzie MJ, Kramer AF, McAuley E (2015). Subjective memory impairment and well-being in community–dwelling older adults. Psychogeriatrics, 16, 20-26.

  • Mackenzie MJ, Carlson LE, Paskevich DM, Ekkekakis P, Wurz AJ, Wytsma K, Krenz KA, McAuley E, Culos-Reed SN (2014). Associations between attention, affect and cardiac activity in a single yoga session for cancer survivors: An enactive neurophenomenology-based approach. Consciousness and Cognition, 27, 129-146.

  • Mackenzie MJ, Carlson LE, Ekkekakis P, Paskevich DM, Culos-Reed SN (2013). Affect and mindfulness as predictors of change in mood disturbance, stress symptoms and quality of life in a community-based yoga program for cancer survivors. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 1-13.
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Mindfulness
  • Health Coaching
  • Community-based Research