Rachelle Palnick Tsachor is Associate Professor of Movement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is certified in Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), Movement Analysis (CMA), and Somatic Movement Therapy (RSMT-ISMETA). Her research investigates body movement to bring a human, experiential understanding to how movement affects our lives. Tsachor analyzes patterns in moving bodies in diverse projects, researching movement’s effects on our brains, emotions, health, and learning. She is co-PI on an NSF-Funded project STAGE and the UI Presidential Initiative for the Young People’s Science Theater: CPS and UIC Students Creating Performances for Social Change. Both initiatives bring Mind/Body methods into Chicago Public Schools’ that educate primarily students of color to support learning in embodied ways, so students view themselves as potential contributors of creative solutions.
Tsachor is co-author of “Emotion regulation through movement”, “How do we recognize Emotions from Movement?” (Frontiers in Psychology), A somatic movement approach to fostering emotional resiliency (Frontiers in Neuroscience), and the chapter on movement in the forthcoming “Integrative Rehabilitation Practice: The Foundations of Whole-Person Care for Health Professionals.” At UIC, Tsachor’s artistic contributions as movement specialist serve to support kinesthetic empathy for diverse peoples and cultures through embodied understanding.