Dr. Shamini Jain is a psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI; www.CHI.is), a collaborative accelerator that connects scientists, health practitioners, innovators, and social entrepreneurs to forward the science and practice of healing. CHI was formed through Dr. Jain’s deep desire to bring key stakeholders together to create a coherent and effective movement to move us beyond models of “disease thinking” and the “decade of the brain”, into the study of systems-based healing processes, and personal and societal empowerment. Partners of CHI include the Miraglo Foundation, Institute of Noetic Sciences, San Diego Cancer Research Institute, UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine, Westreich Foundation, and Chopra Foundation. Dr. Jain is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, and an active member of UC San Diego’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Jain obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. degree from the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a research focus in psychoneuroimmunology. She conducted her clinical residency at the La Jolla VA Hospital/UC San Diego, and her post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research. Dr. Jain has published extensively in the areas of psychoneuroimmunology and well-being, integrative medicine, and healing, and has received numerous awards from scientific societies including the American Psychosomatic Society, the American Psychological Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, and other societies for her clinical research.
Dr. Jain’s work has been featured in many news and media outlets including TIME, CNN, and US News and World Report. Dr. Jain has a passion for sharing the science and practice of healing and well-being. She and regularly speaks on these topics, in diverse venues including NATO, TEDx, major universities and medical centers, health-related conferences, and corporations. She also contributes as an author on these topics in online blogs including the Huffington Post and Times of India. Dr. Jain serves on the Board of Directors for Greenheart International, is a Steering Committee Member for NEXUS Invest in Yourself, and on the scientific advisory board for several social benefit companies including Wacuri and Leap Forward. In addition to forwarding her life’s passions and helping others realize theirs, Dr. Jain’s biggest joys are spending time with her beautiful family, singing, and surfing.