Mardi Crane-Godreau is a dynamic thought leader who has gathered like-minded scholars into collaborations, research and initiatives in fields ranging from immunology to somatic practices that challenge Cartesian paradigms. She leads a guest editorial team at Frontiers in Neuroscience for the research topic ‘Somatic and Bodymind Approach to Resilience.’ Since 2013, she and Peter Payne have pursued clinical research and addressed theoretical issues involved in the scientific investigation of somatic practices. Recent publications include proposed language and conceptual frameworks for elucidating mechanisms of somatic approaches to improving health and general well-being.
Dr. Crane-Godreau and her team are especially interested in finding ways to share video and other digital media to educate and empower individuals and families with access to enjoyable and effective, evidence-based solutions to health challenges. One current project, (in conjunction with Dartmouth’s Digital Arts, Innovation and Leadership (DALI) Lab, involves the development of an app to improve somatic awareness and self-regulation in children with autistic spectrum disorder. Other initiatives include education and pragmatic training for leaders who work with traumatized populations within their communities. She also works with first responders such as flight attendants.
Dr. Crane-Godreau received her PhD from Dartmouth College, where she was chosen by the school’s faculty to deliver the Class Day address for her graduating class. She is an assistant professor in the department of microbiology and immunology.