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 [CJG1]. 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 a research scientist in the department of microbiology and immunology.

Peter Payne is a researcher, teacher, Qigong /Meditative Movement educator who has devoted his career to healing stress and trauma from the combined perspectives of neuroscience and traditional Asian bodymind disciplines.

Peter is the co-investigator of Flight Attendant Health Studies at Dartmouth, a three-phase controlled clinical trial studying the health effects of Qigong on people with pulmonary dysfunction. He is the lead author of several recent peer-reviewed research and theoretical publications addressing issues involved in the scientific investigation of somatic practices.

Through his collaborations at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Peter continues his enthusiastic (keen) focus on research projects aimed at uncovering important links between neuroscience and bodymind practices. His research and teaching make these bodymind disciplines understandable and accessible to Westerners, and establish a framework for investigating them in the context of stress trauma, and wellbeing.

Peter is a teacher and practitioner of mindfulness meditation, Qigong, and Tai Chi, and a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy and the Alexander Technique of postural re-education. He has taught anatomy and neurophysiology at college level, and has maintained a lifelong interest in neurophysiology and neuropsychology, believing that these fields are the key to translating the traditional Asian bodymind practices into a biomedical framework. He holds a BA in psychology from Harvard University.

“Neuroscience confirms that the body and mind are not separate entities, but are two facets of one unified whole. Working with the bodymind as a coherent, integrated system, we can help people to develop their natural resilience and to heal quickly and easily from stress and trauma.”

Carole Gaudet brings broad and deep experience to her role as Program Manager for Bodymind Science. She is a lawyer as well as a seasoned communications and marketing professional with experience in clean energy, clean tech, sustainability, social impact, and higher ed. She is also a committed meditator, and co-leader of the Mindful Work Project, a workplace mindfulness meditation program that she teaches with her husband, Bruce McClelland.

Carole is the daughter of two life-long entrepreneurs. She grew up in her parent’s business – one of the largest craft supply retail stores in New England. After graduating from Smith College, Carole’s first job post-graduation was teaching English to university students in the People’s Republic of China. She received her JD from Northwestern University, and her MSEL in environmental law at Vermont Law School.

After several years at home raising two children, Carole launched a career as an independent marketer, designing strategy and collateral, and establishing thought leadership for clients such as Kelliher Samets Volk, McKinsey, Northern Power, and Draker Labs. In partnership with creative agencies, Carole has worked extensively with startups in clean energy and clean technology, helping to create brand identity and web user experiences. She spent five years at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she led marketing and communications for a social impact research center, and coached students in marketing events and creating digital content.

Carole is known for her warmth and positivity, insatiable curiosity, and loyalty to the Oxford comma. She loves children’s literature, volunteers at local libraries, and is always ready to talk about books.