Dr. Shamini Jain is a psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a collaborative accelerator which links scientists, practitioners, artists, entrepreneurs, and educators to facilitate the transdisciplinary science and real-world application of consciousness and healing practices. This entity was formed from Dr. Jain’s deep desire to bring key stakeholders together to create a coherent and effective movement to move us beyond the “decade of the brain”, into the “age of consciousness and healing”. Major partners of CHI include the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Miraglo Foundation, and Chopra Foundation. Collaborating organizations include the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, the Institute for Visual Development at the University of Bologna, and many others.
Dr. Jain obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. degree from the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a research focus in psychoneuroimmunology. She conducted her clinical residency at the La Jolla VA Hospital/UC San Diego, and her post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research. While a graduate student, Dr. Jain received NIH funding and conducted the first-ever clinical trial at UC San Diego on hands-on-healing in cancer survivors, the results of which are published in the prestigious journal Cancer, widely read by oncologists.
Currently, in addition to her running CHI, Dr. Jain is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, where she has been serving as Co-Chair UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine’s Research Committee for the past 5 years.
Dr. Jain has published extensively in the areas of psychoneuroimmunology and well-being, integrative medicine, and healing, and has received numerous awards from scientific societies including the American Psychosomatic Society, the American Psychological Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, and other societies for her work. Her published research in healing has been featured in TIME magazine and CNN, as well as other radio and media. Dr. Jain regularly speaks on topics surrounding healing, psychoneuroimmunology and well-being, in diverse venues including NASA, TEDx, and major universities and medical centers, health-related conferences and corporations. She also contributes as an author on these topics in online blogs for Huffington Post, The Times of India, and Fulfillment Daily.