Peter Payne is a researcher, teacher, and somatic educator/therapist, who has devoted his career to healing stress and trauma from the combined perspectives of neuroscience and traditional Asian bodymind disciplines.
Peter is 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 keen focus on research aimed at uncovering important links between neuroscience and bodymind practices. His theories and innovative teaching methods make the bodymind disciplines understandable and accessible to Westerners, and establish a framework for investigating them in the context of stress, trauma, and well-being. Peter is a teacher and practitioner of mindfulness meditation, Qigong, and Tai Chi, a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist, and a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy and of 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 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.
The Senior Faith Leadership Programconvenes mid- to senior level religious decision makers for in–person, inter-disciplinary training in leadership skills.Bodymind Science has participated in several trainings for faith leaders of every denomination in the United Kingdom, introducing them to the techniques of meditative movement for their own self-care.