Julie K. Staples, PhD

Research Director | she/her

Dr. Julie Staples is the Research Director. She has conducted all of CMBM’s research on the effects of Mind-Body Skills Groups with traumatized populations worldwide for over 25 years. She has led studies in Kosovo, Gaza, Haiti, Jordan, and in the US with civilian adults, teenagers, and children. In partnership with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System, Dr. Staples also conducted a Department of Defense-funded study with veterans. She has performed a study on the effects of a mind-body medicine curriculum with high school peer counselors following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in 2018. In partnership with colleagues at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, she has also published research on teenagers with depression. Her current study is measuring the effects of a mind-body medicine program with incarcerated men and women in the Indiana Department of Correction system.

Dr. Staples is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches in the Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences Master’s Program. She is also a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. Her self-help book Reclaiming Life after Trauma teaches Kundalini yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy tools to heal trauma symptoms. She is the author of the yoga chapter in the medical school textbook Fundamentals of Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. She is a faculty member of the International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Professional Training program and a member of the Kundalini Research Institute Research Advisory Board.

Dr. Staples earned her BA in Biology from University of North Texas and PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from St. Louis University. She currently teaches online courses for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and health professionals on the science of yoga.

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