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Arthur Smith, Ph.D., Director
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Arthur P. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith wrote one of the few doctoral dissertations on mind-body medicine (Claremont Graduate University 1998). With over 30 years of formal and private study, he brings scholarly and scientific discipline to a field that has thus far been dominated by pop psychology and religious writers.

He began his studies of the mind’s power as a college philosophy major at Yale in the early 1970s. In the fall of 1989, he enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the Claremont Graduate University. His doctoral dissertation, along with other writings, explains both the successes and failures of mind-body medicine, based on the philosophical models of some great twentieth-century thinkers, along with the large and growing body of empirical evidence.

Dr. Smith grew up as the son of two board-certified physicians in Northern Maine, where his father, a pathologist, established and ran a series of small hospital laboratories in rural New England towns. His mother, one of the few women to complete medical school in the 1930s, practiced pediatrics while raising her own family throughout the 1950s and ‘60s. However, his own interest in health care did not develop until he faced serious health problems himself. In 1992, his wife suffered a life-threatening flare of systemic lupus erythematosus, which was almost immediately followed by his own battle with cancer the next year. These hurdles underscored his long-felt need to find a coherent, scientifically-based theory that explains the latest scientific discoveries and therapies used in mind-body medicine.

A veteran lecturer, trainer, and published author, Dr. Smith has delivered lectures and seminars on scientific and technical subjects throughout the United States and Canada for over twenty years. Using a unique, down-to-earth approach, he demystifies complex and abstract subjects with clarity, enthusiasm, and a touch of humor.

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