Dawson Church

EFT and Abundance Expert

Dawson Church

EFT Expert/Author


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 works are The Genie in Your Genes (www.YourGeniusGene.com), which reviews the research linking consciousness, emotion, and gene expression (USA BookNews “Best Health Book”), and Mind to Matter (www.MindToMatter.club), which examines the science of peak mental states. 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 science columnist for Unitymagazine. In his undergraduate and graduate work at Baylor University, he became the first student ever to 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 certification #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 program which results in long-term weight loss.[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 therapy practitioners. Over 20,000 veterans and family members have received counseling through the Project, and Church has twice been invited totestify before US Congressional committees on his work. Church is a 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. RESEARCH 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 subclinical 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] An independent replication of Church’s PTSD study found similar results. Church collaborated with Garret Yount, PhD, a molecular biologist at 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] This 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 more than twice as much in the EFT group as the talk therapy group, while cortisol dropped significantly. This led to a study of gene expression which found that EFT is associated with upregulation of immunity and anti-inflammatory genes.[26] 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] This led to Church writing the authoritative guide to EFT, The EFT Manual (3rd edition), as well as a series of books applying EFT to common problems such as PTSD, weight loss, and sports performance. 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 nontraditional delivery methods such as online and telephone sessions.”[25]
Studying dieters, Church found that they continued to lose weight in the year after learning EFT.[27] This runs counter to the results measured in studies of conventional methods, which find that virtually all dieters regain their lost weight. When used as group therapy, symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD declined simultaneously, making EFT treatment both effective and efficient.[28] Church has recently directed his research interest to meditation. He developed a simple meditation technique called EcoMeditation based on physiological cues rather than spiritual or religious practices. Pilot studies show that it regulates biomarkers of general physical health as well as anxiety and depression.[29,30] He has a regular daily practice incorporating both EFT and EcoMeditation and, in his books, advocates these and other stress-reduction methods. OTHER INTERESTS Church has three children, Lionel, Angela, and Alexander. He has written in his books about his rich experience of parenting. He travels extensively with his wife, Christine, 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.