Sanford Nidich, EdD

Sanford Nidich, EdD, is director of the Center for Social-Emotional Health and Consciousness,
and Professor of Physiology, and Education at Maharishi University of Management. He 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. He is currently completing a $2.4 million grant, funded by the Department of Defense, on Transcendental Meditation and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, conducted at the Veterans Administration in San Diego, CA. He is principal investigator of the Albania women’s prison project on trauma, funded by the David Lynch Foundation, and the current high school academic and psychological distress study, funded by the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education.

  • Dr. Nidich was among the first researchers to study the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on human development in the early 1970’s. He has since authored over 60 scientific papers, focused on educational innovations to improve student academic and social development, and programs to enhance health and wellness.
  • Dr. Nidich has conducted extensive research into the educational effects of the Quiet Time program.
  • Dr. Nidich holds a doctorate in education from the University of Cincinnati and currently teaches a course on educational change in the Department.


  • BA Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • MA Psychology and Education, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • EdD Adult Development, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Recent Professional Experience

  • 2000-2001 NIH NCCAM Study Section on Training Grants
  • 2002 NIH NIAMS Special Study Section on Women’s Health SCORS
  • 2002-2003 National Advisory Committee, Center for Minority Research Training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD


Valosek, L.,  Nidich, S., Wendt, S., Grant, J., & Nidich, R. (in press). Effect of Meditation on Social-Emotional Learning in Middle School Students, Education

Valosek, L., Link, J., Mills, P., Konrad, A., Rainforth, M., & Nidich, S. (in press). Effect of meditation on emotional intelligence and perceived stress in the workplace. The Permanente Journal.

Travis, F., Valosek, L., Konrad, A., Link, J., Salerno, J., Scheller, R., & Nidich, S. (in press). Effect of meditation on psychological distress and brain integration: A rand randomized controlled study. Brain and Cognition.

Goldstein, L., Nidich, S., Goodman R., & Goodman, D. (2018). The effect of Transcendental Meditation on self-efficacy, perceived stress, and quality of life in mothers in Uganda, Healthcare for Women International.

Nidich S, O’Connor T, Rutledge T, Duncan J, Compton B, Seng A, & Nidich R. (2016). Reduced trauma symptoms and perceived stress in male prison inmates through the Transcendental Meditation program: A randomized controlled trial. The Permanente Journal, 20(4):43-47.

Duraimani S, Schneider RH, Randall OS, Nidich SI, Xu S, Ketete M, Rainforth MA, Gaylord-King C, Salerno JW,  & Fagan J. (2015). Effects of lifestyle modification on telomerase gene expression in hypertensive patients: Pilot trial of stress reduction and health education programs in African Americans. PloS One, 10(11), e0142689.

Nidich SI, Rainforth MV, Haaga DA, Hagelin J, Salerno JW, Travis F, Tanner M, Gaylord-King C, Grosswald S, & Schneider RH. (2009). A randomized controlled trial on effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on blood pressure, psychological distress, and coping in young adults. American Journal of Hypertension, 22(12):1326-31.


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