Claire Clark is an associate professor (emeritus) at the University of Utah School of Medicine (UUSOM) and a practicing clinical psychologist. She is a longtime practitioner of Bon Buddhism and student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Her work at UUSOM focused on teaching medical students and residents in the art of medicine, doctor/patient relationship, and humanism in medicine. Her social medicine classes integrated students into the community, where they learned the crucial impact of psychosocial factors on the health and illness of their patient populations. For 15 years she served as assistant dean for student advising and counseling, providing psychotherapy and support to medical students and their families.
She is a member of both the 3 Doors and Ligmincha research teams who are studying the impact of longitudinal and short-term meditation programs. Currently she is working on a 3-year longitudinal study measuring Quality of Life, Happiness, and Openness to Sharing for The 3 Doors Academy programs in the United States and Latin America, and is part of the 3 Doors Compassion Project research team.
Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D.3 Doors Researcher
Alejandro holds a PhD in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is the director of the new Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston. He teaches meditation classes and workshops nationally and internationally through The 3 Doors and Ligmincha International. Since 1999 he has designed and taught mind-body interventions for the Integrative Medicine Program of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where he holds a faculty position and conducts research on the effects of these practices in people with cancer. He is an associate faculty member at The University of Texas’ McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. In addition to teaching the Latin American Academy, Alejandro serves on the research committee at The 3 Doors and is a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute. Alejandro is the author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009) and Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being (Hay House, 2018).
Alejandro has extensive experience in the area of mind-body practices, both academically and in clinical practice. He has been actively involved in research examining different cancer populations, including past and current studies funded by the National Cancer Institute. His research and publications focus on mind-body practices in integrative care, examining how these practices can reduce chronic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and improve quality of life and cognitive function.
Mike Gawrysiak, Ph.D. 3 Doors Compassion Project Principal Investigator
The 3 Doors Compassion Project includes a research component to document the effects of these Tibetan meditation methods on mindfulness, compassion, work burnout, anxiety and depression, quality of relationships, and Quality of Life (QOL). The research is led by Principal Investigator Mike Gawrysiak, Ph.D., West Chester University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, with the support of The 3 Doors research team: Claire Clark, Ph.D., University of Utah School of Medicine; and Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program.