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The Polyvagal Theory in Action: How Heart Rate Figures Into Trauma Treatment with Stephen Porges

We've known for years that the mind and body can have a profound effect on each other, but we are st ...

Stephen W. Porges

Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anaesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders.

Books by Stephen W. Porges

  1. Book CoverClinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies


    How this theory is improving treatment and clinical practice across a range of settings.More

  2. Book CoverThe Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe


    Bridging the gap between research, science, and the therapy room.More

  3. Book CoverThe Polyvagal Theory and The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory, Two-Book Set


    This product includes Stephen W. Porges' The Polyvagal Theory and The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory. More

  4. Book CoverThe Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation


    A collection of groundbreaking research by a leading figure in neuroscience.More