Dawson Church, PhD Bio
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, 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 post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. He is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, and general manager of Energy Psychology Press, which maintains a research bibliography and case histories at EFT Universe, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.