Principal Investigators

Robert Schneider, M.D., FACC

Professor Robert H. Schneider, M.D., FACC, is a physician, scientist, educator, and internationally renowned leader in the field of natural medicine. He completed his fellowship in hypertension at the University of Michigan Medical School, did his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School. He is one of the most qualified people that we have for this program and we think that he will be a huge impact on the end result. Robert has spent half of his life studying medicine and focusing especially on the field of meditation, because of that he gained a lot of experience.

Robert Schneider, M.D., FACCHe is Director of the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention, one of eleven research centers funded by the U.S National Institutes of Health–National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Over the past 18 years, Dr. Schneider has been the Principal Investigator of grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations totaling $20 million to conduct research and demonstration projects on the Transcendental Meditation program for the treatment and prevention of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and aging. These include the most recent award of $8 million by the NIH–National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to establish the first research center specializing in natural preventive medicine for minorities in the U.S.

preventive medicineDr. Schneider is board-certified in public health and general preventive medicine and is a specialist in clinical hypertension. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, which have been published in cardiovascular and behavioral medicine textbooks and other leading medical journals such as the American Journal of Cardiology, Stroke, Hypertension, Journal of Managed Care, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Journal of the National Medical Association, and International Journal of Neuroscience.

Dr. Schneider has served as a consultant for the U.S. Congress Prevention Coalition and for members of the British Parliament – House of Lords.

David Haaga, Ph.D.

David Haaga, Ph.D.Professor David Haaga is an educator and published researcher. He is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at American University and a senior investigator of this study on effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on neurophysiology, cognitive development, and health in college students.

Professor Haaga completed his undergraduate work at Harvard in 1983 and his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 1988. His research interests include cognitive assessment, depression, addiction relapse, cognitive behavior therapy, mood disorders, and cigarette smoking

He has authored articles in Behavior Therapy, Behavior Research and Therapy, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology Review, Cognitive Therapy and Research, International Journal of the Addictions, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and many more.

Professor Haaga is a member of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, where he served as Associate Program Chair in 1998 and Program Chair in 1999.