Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Dr. Porges is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He is Professor Emeriti at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he directed the Brain-Body Center and the University of Maryland where he chaired the Department of Human Development. He is the former President of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences and the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He is a fellow of Division 6 and 7 of the American Psychological Association and a Charter Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He is a former recipient of a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the vertebrate autonomic nervous system to the emergence of social behavior. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. Professor Porges has authored The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation (Norton, 2011). A version is available in German Die Polyvagal-Theorie: Neurophysiologische Grundlagen der Therapie (Junfermann Verlag, 2010) and is currently writing Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe (Norton, 2014).
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