Educational Advisory Board

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Shamini Jain, PhD

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.

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. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, and a core member of the UCSD Center of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jain is also a student of Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere in the healing arts.

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Stacy Gomes, EdD, MAEd

Dr. Gomes is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she has worked since 1997. She received her master’s degree in education technology, instructional design at San Diego State University in 1997 and her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of La Verne in 2006. In addition to her work at Pacific College, Dr. Gomes serves in the following capacity:

  • Academic Consortium for Complementary Health Care: Executive Board
  • Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine: Fellowship Curriculum Developer, Leadership Task Force, Council of Advisors
  • Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Site Visitor, Doctoral Task Force
  • Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine: Executive Board
  • Department of Veterans Affairs; Health Services Research and Development Service Reviewer
  • UC Irvine Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine: Clinical & Professional Advisory Committee,
  • UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine: Board of Directors,
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges: Site Visitor, Assessment Leadership Academy.

Her expertise is in higher education accreditation, assessment and program evaluation. She writes, consults and trains on accreditation, curriculum design, faculty development, program evaluation and student learning. Dr. Gomes also teaches Teaching and Leadership Skills in the doctorate and oversee.

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Paul J. Mills, PhD

Dr. Mills is a long-standing National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported clinical investigator with expertise in psychoneuroimmune processes in wellness and in disease, with a current focus on integrative medicine. He has published more than 300 manuscripts and book chapters on these topics.

He is a former president of the American Psychosomatic Medicine Society, former Associate Editor of the journals Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, and former Guest Editor of the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine for a special issue on the topic of Spirituality, Religiousness, and Health: From Research to Clinical Practice. He is an active faculty member in the Behavioral Medicine track of the UC San Diego/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

He is director of the UC San Diego Clinical Research Biomarker Laboratory and Co-director of the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute’s Translational Research Technology (TRT) Laboratories Program where he manages the Affiliated Laboratories Program. He is currently serving as director of research at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.