Research Before LACH

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Dr. Schwartz directed or co-directed numerous laboratories and clinics at Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Arizona prior to founding the Human Energy Systems Laboratory, the Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Sciences, and the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Heath at The University of Arizona.  
The prior laboratories and clinics are briefly summarized here.

Dr. Schwartz directed this laboratory from 1989 – 1996.  The research focused on measuring EEG / brainwave responses to subliminal as well supraliminal olfactory stimuli in college students as well as patients suffering from chemical sensitivity.  The paradigm was extended to research on homeopathy.  The subliminal olfaction research was featured as an invited Keynote Address to the first biannual Tucson consciousness conference organization by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. Papers on these topics were published in various scientific journals ranging from Psychophysiology and Biological Psychiatry to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

Dr. Schwartz co-directed this integrative, biopsychosocial clinic from 1978-1988.   The clinic integrated:

  1. Drs’ Hoyle Leigh (professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and director of the YBMC) and Mort Reiser (then chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and the editor-in-chief of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine) general systems framework for patient evaluations and treatments, with
  2. Dr. Schwartz’s general systems framework of biofeedback and self-regulation, health psychology, and evolution.

Many clinical and research MD and PhD fellows participated in YBMC services.

Dr. Schwartz directed this center from 1976 – 1988.  The research expanded to include the psychophysiology of repression and health, levels of emotional awareness, and the evolution of the interdisciplinary fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine.  Dr. Schwartz helped co-found Division 38, Health Psychology, of the American Psychological Associations. He served as the 3rd president of the Health Psychology Division following presidencies of Drs. Neal Miller and Judith Rodin.  He also co-sponsored the Yale Conference on Behavioral Medicine with Dr. Stephen Weiss of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, which led to the creation of the Behavioral Medicine Study Section at NIH, the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research. Papers were published in mainstream scientific journals including Science, Psychophysiology, and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Schwartz directed this research unit from 1972-1976.  The research focused on the measurement of facial muscle patterning in emotion and applying this methodology to the measurement of clinical depression and response to antidepressant medications.   Papers were published in mainstream scientific journals including Science, Psychophysiology, and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Schwartz directed this laboratory from 1971-1976.  The research focused on biofeedback and self-regulation, relaxation and meditation, and laterality of brain function in cognition and emotion.  Dr. Schwartz’s book series Consciousness and Self-Regulation: Advances in Theory and Research, co-edited with Dr. David Shapiro (his dissertation advisor) and Dr. Richard J. Davidson (one of Dr. Schwartz’s early PhD students), was published during this period.  Papers were published in mainstream scientific journals including Science, American Psychologist, Psychophysiology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

“One is always a long way from solving a problem until one actually has the answer.”

- Stephen W. Hawking, PhD, Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and Author