Genie In Your Genes
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About Dawson Church
Dawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning author whose best-selling book, The Genie in Your Genes, (www.YourGeniusGene.com) has been hailed by reviewers as a breakthrough in our understanding of the link between emotions and genetics. He founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (www.NIIH.org) to study and implement promising evidence-based psychological and medical techniques. His groundbreaking research has been published in prestigious scientific journals. He is the editor of Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, a peer-reviewed professional journal (www.EnergyPsychologyJournal.org), a blogger for the Huffington Post, and a reviewer for the APA's Mental Health Mobile Phone Application Review Database. He shares how to apply the breakthroughs of energy psychology to health and athletic performance through EFT Universe (www.EFTUniverse.com), one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.
Dawson Church is a health writer and researcher who has edited or authored a number of books in the fields of health, psychology, and spirituality. His principal work is The Genie in Your Genes, (http://dawsonchurch.com/), which reviews the research linking consciousness, emotion, and gene expression (USA BookNews "Best Health Book"). He has published many scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, collaborating with scholars at various universities on outcome studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. He is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, (www.EnergyPsychologyJournal.org), and general manager of Energy Psychology Press, which maintains a research bibliography and case histories at EFT Universe (www.EFTUniverse.com), one of the most-visited alternative medicine sites on the web. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post, and an app reviewer for the APA’s Mental Health Mobile Phone Application Review Database.
In his undergraduate and graduate work at Baylor University, he became the first student to successfully graduate from the academically rigorous University Scholar’s program in 1979. He earned his doctorate in Integrative Healthcare at Holos University under the mentorship of neurosurgeon Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, founder of the American Holistic Medical Association. After an early career in book publishing as editor then president of Aslan Publishing (www.aslanpublishing.com), Church went on to receive a postgraduate PhD in Natural Medicine, as well as clinical certification in Energy Psychology (CEHP license # 2016). Church and Shealy coauthored a book called Soul Medicine (www.SoulMedicine.net), which surveys the role of consciousness in medicine from the earliest times to the modern day. In 2007 Church founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (www.NIIH.org), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit institution dedicated to education and research into evidence-based healing modalities. He has worked with over a thousand pain clients, with average symptom reductions of 68% 16, and co-developed the Skinny Genes weight loss program.11
In 2008 the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare initiated the Veterans Stress Project (www.StressProject.org), a clearinghouse to connect veterans suffering from PTSD with energy therapists. Several thousand veterans and family members have received counseling through the Veterans Stress Project, and Church has twice been asked to testify before US Congressional committees on his work. Church is the former president of The Family Connection, one of 53 nonprofits named as “Points of Light” by President Bill Clinton, and is also a member of the Transformational Leadership Council. Books on which he has worked have won over two dozen awards, including Best Health Book (Independent Press Awards) and Best Science Book (USA Booknews Awards). He has been quoted in USA Today, CNN, BBC, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Parenting, and many other national media.
Church performed two pilot studies of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).1, 2 They demonstrated highly significant results despite a small sample size, indicating a robust treatment effect. This led to a randomized controlled trial, published in the oldest peer-reviewed psychiatry journal in North America, showing highly significant results. 3 It demonstrated that 86% of veterans with clinical PTSD were sub-clinical after six sessions of EFT, and remained so on follow-up. A concurrent study by an independent research team in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) 4 showed similar findings, indicating that EFT meets the criteria of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 Task Force as an “empirically validated treatment” for PTSD.5, 6
Church collaborated with Garret Yount, PhD a molecular biologist California Pacific Medical Center, and professor Audrey Brooks, PhD, a research psychologist at the University of Arizona at Tucson, on a novel study of stress hormones.7 The triple-blind randomized controlled trial, published in the peer-reviewed psychiatry Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, compared salivary cortisol levels in 83 subjects who received an hour of either talk therapy, EFT, or rest. Anxiety and depression declined significantly more in the EFT group than the talk therapy group, while cortisol also dropped significantly. This research team’s current focus is gene expression in veterans with clinical PTSD (Clinical Trial NCT 01250431).
Church has also published studies of PTSD in teens,8 depression in college students,9 and the delivery of EFT in groups.10 Some of his other studies have found significant improvements in mental health, pain, weight loss, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and addictive cravings.11,12,13,14,15 A study of PTSD symptoms in 218 veterans and spouses who received group EFT found most were sub-clinical after treatment.10 A study of 216 healthcare workers published in the journal Integrative Medicine demonstrated a highly significant 45% drop in psychological symptoms after EFT group treatment.16 These results are consistent with reports by other independent research teams.17,18
Church conducted and published the first study of EFT for sports performance, finding that a single brief session of EFT significantly improved the free throw performance of basketball players.19 An independent replication using soccer free kicks as the performance measure found similar results.20 Another study in which Church was co-investigator found an increase in confidence and a decrease in anxiety in female volleyball players.21
Church has also contributed to reviews of energy psychology research published in APA and A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine) journals, emphasizing the medical benefits of effective psychotherapy.22,23,24 In a paper reviewing the research base of energy psychology for PTSD, Church concludes that treatment is distinguished by seven characteristics. These are: "(1) the limited number of treatment sessions usually required to remediate PTSD; (2) the depth, breadth, and longevity of treatment effects; (3) the low risk of adverse events; (4) the limited commitment to training required for basic application of the method; (5) its efficacy when delivered in group format; (6) its simultaneous effect on a wide range of psychological and physiological symptoms, and (7) its suitability for non-traditional delivery methods such as online and telephone sessions."25
Church has three children, Lionel, Angela and Alexander. He has written about his rich experience of parenting in his books. He travels extensively, lecturing on epigenetics, EFT, and family relationships. He sits on the dissertation committees of graduate students at a number of universities, and regularly consults with other investigators on research design. His hobbies include kayaking, weight lifting, and classic vehicle rally driving.
Soul Medicine Institute was founded by Dawson Church as a resource for students, researchers and educators. It offers classes and supports research focusing on the link between intention, consciousness, energy, and health.
The Soul Medicine Institute web site contains links to sites that offer best practices, as well as listings of practitioners by country and state. It also links to institutions offering accredited degrees in energy medicine, and scientific studies of the field.