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Jim Carson, PhD, RYT 500

Instructor, Yoga Teacher Professional Trainings

Jim Carson is a clinical health psychologist and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and of Psychiatry, at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a former yogic monk (swami) who has taught the practices and philosophy of yoga world-wide for over 30 years. Jim is applying his expertise to researching the effects of yoga and meditation-based treatments, and provides direct clinical care to patients living with cancer, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic conditions. While Jim was on faculty at Duke, he co-developed the Yoga of Awareness program and completed research trials with metastatic breast cancer patients and with survivors of early stage breast cancer and is now collaborating on a larger trial at Duke funded by the National Institutes of Health, which will further explore the effects of the Yoga of Awareness program among women with metastatic breast cancer.  Jim was a featured speaker at the IAYT Symposium on Yoga Research at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in September 2014.


  • PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
  • Residency:  Health Psychology Intern, University of Florida Health Science Center/Shands Hospital, Gainesville FL: 2001-2002
  • Fellowship:  Postdoctoral fellow, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC: 2002-2005
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Oregon 2007
  • Registered Yoga Teacher 500, Yoga Alliance


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