Center for Social Emotional Health and Consciousness

(Far right) Sanford Nidich, EdD, director of the Center for Social-Emotional Health and Consciousness, Professor of Physiology, and Education at Maharishi University of Management, has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations in the areas of mental health, rehabilitation, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, totaling over $20 million.

New Department of Defense Research

New DoD-funded $2.4m study shows Transcendental Meditation effective in reducing PTSD symptoms.

Veterans and Active Military, Students, Prison Inmates, Academic Physicians, and Women’s Health: U.S. and International Projects

The Center for Social-Emotional Health has as its main mission to promote the mental health and emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing of these and other key groups in society. The Center’s past research and current projects have brought attention to the social-emotional problems encountered by these groups as well the need for prevention and treatment through the Consciousness-based approach of Transcendental Meditation (TM).

The Center partners with leading academic and medical institutions to conduct research and evaluation projects in the areas of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), burnout, depression, anger, perceived stress, alcohol addiction, resilience, emotional intelligence, self-efficacy, and quality of life. The Center has collaborated with the VA San Diego Healthcare System, CA,the University of California at San Diego, Uniform Health Services, MD, and Northwell Healthcare System, NY, to conduct groundbreaking research on the effects of TM for PTSD in Veterans. In collaboration with University of Loyola Stritch Medical School, TM was found to significantly reduce burnout and depression in academic physicians, leading other medical schools to begin implementation of similar programs. A recent study in Uganda with impoverished mothers showed improvement in self-efficacy and self-empowerment. The media coverage of these and other projects has been widespread around the world.

You can see our latest press coverage here.

You can see a selected list of Center research publications and grants here. 

If you would like to donate ( to the Center for Social-Emotional Health at Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.), a nonprofit 501©(3) to help support its projectswordlwide, please contact the M.U.M. Development Office at 641-472-1180 (Account # for Center for Social and Emotional Health: 30-62048-4119).


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