About the Team
Peter Wayne, Principal Investigator
Charles Coey, T-32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, is a PhD and experimental psychologist with a background in studying interpersonal coordination from a dynamical, complex systems perspective. His current research interests are studying the kinds of interpersonal coordination that develop through group mind-body health interventions (e.g., Tai Chi), how they relate to a perceived sense of connectedness between group members, and how they contribute to health outcomes.
Yan Ma, T-32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, received her MD in integrative medicine, and specialized in sleep medicine and clinical psychology. She is interested in mind-body interventions and techniques which are capable of capturing system-level complex physiological dynamics.
Dennis Munoz Vergara, DVM, PhD, T-32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Kamila Osypiuk, Senior Research Assistant and Lab Coordinator, received a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and a M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. She has worked on studies evaluating Tai Chi and Qigong interventions for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and breast cancer survivors and is interested in the effects of movement-based therapies on physical, cognitive, and psychosocial health.
Brian Gow, Senior Research Assistant, received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is interested in modalities which improve and biomarkers which capture holistic health.
Julie Connor, Research Assistant, received a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Vermont. She is interested in the role of exercise, mindfulness and integrative medicine in treating pain, stress and anxiety.
The Mind-Body-Movement (MBM) laboratory explores the interdependence of movement, posture, cognition and emotion in health, aging and rehabilitation. Our research begins with the assumption that health relies on the complex integration of these and other physiological systems, enabling us to function and adapt to the demands of everyday life. Conversely, age-related decline and disease is thought to result from progressive multi-system impairment, leading to decreased physical and cognitive function and reduced resilience to stress.
Taking advantage of a rich collaborative network of laboratories across the Harvard Medical School, and drawing on conceptual models, quantitative methods, and experimental designs grounded in systems biology, our research has focused on evaluating the clinical impact and physiological basis of multiple integrative medicine (IM) therapies.
Current work centers around the study of Tai Chi, manual therapies, and acupuncture for the prevention, rehabilitation, and symptom management of a broad range of chronic health conditions including age- and Parkinson’s disease-related balance impairments and cognitive decline, back and neck pain, migraine headaches, and cancer.
Research on these, ongoing research studies, and related topics are summarized below.