Dr. Rollin McCraty has been with the Institute of HeartMath, an organization focused on understanding the heart’s role in health and mind-body healing, since its inception in 1991 and is currently director of research of the HeartMath Research Center.
He worked with founder Doc Lew Childre to formulate the organization’s research goals and create its Scientific Advisory Board, setting the course for learning more about how our mental and emotional systems affect the quality of our lives.
Dr. McCraty is recognized as an authority on heart-rate variability, heart-rhythm coherence, and the effects of positive and negative emotions on human psychophysiology and is widely published in those and other research areas.
His research interests include the physiology of optimal function with a focus on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, and health. Findings from this research have been applied to the development of tools and technology to optimize individual and organizational health, performance, and quality of life.
Dr. McCraty is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, holds memberships with the International Neurocardiology Network, American Autonomic Society, Pavlovian Society, and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University.
He and his research team regularly participate in collaborative studies with other U.S. and international scientific, medical, and educational institutions.