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Philip S. Chard

Philip S. Chard

Strategic Advisor, Healthy Minds Innovations

Philip is President/CEO of Empathia, Inc., a nationwide behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for more than 350 organizations representing 2 million covered lives. In addition, he is a practicing psychotherapist who writes an award-winning weekly column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled “Out Of My Mind,” and is author of “The Healing Earth,” which won the 1995 Midwest Publishers Award, and “Nature’s Ways,” which examines the spiritual aspects of nature interaction.

Philip is a contributing writer to “Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul,” has been a guest expert on ABC Television’s “20/20,” and has presented at the Brookings Institution, among many other venues. Prior to joining Empathia, he was Director of Behavioral Science Education at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, where he received the Outstanding Faculty Award.

He serves as a Strategic Advisor and executive coach for Healthy Minds Innovations and the Center for Healthy Minds.


  • Nature’s Ways: Experiencing the Sacred in the Natural World (book)
  • The Healing Earth: Nature’s Medicine for the Troubled Soul (book)
  • Out of My Mind (weekly newspaper column in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • “Handling Grief: Theirs and Yours,” in Emergency Medicine
  • “Telling Tales: Teaching with Metaphor,” in Innovations in Behavioral Science Education
  • “The Wounding of the Healer,” in Saybrook Review
  • “Psychosocial Problem Assessment,” in Family Medicine
  • “The Selection and Training of Volunteers for a Rural, Home-Based Hospice Program,” in Patient Counseling


  • B.A., Philosophy & Journalism, Drake University
  • M.S., Counseling Psychology, Drake University
  • Post-Masters Study (5 years), Health Psychology, Saybrook University

What does well-being mean to me?

A state of being in which a person feels in balance and engaged with life in four primary domains: cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual.