The 3 Doors Research Group

Claire Clark, Ph.D.
Claire Clark, Ph.D.3 Doors Researcher
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.
Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D.3 Doors Researcher
Alejandro Chaoul is an assistant professor and director of education at the Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas (UT) M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. He is also an associate faculty member at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at UT’s Medical School in Houston. Alejandro Chaoul is the director of research at Ligmincha International. He is a Senior Teacher of The Three Doors and also teaches under the auspices of Ligmincha Institute in various parts of the US, Latin America and Europe.

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.

Barbara Stefik3 Doors Researcher
Barbara Stefik has a Ph. D. in transpersonal psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation studied Bön Buddhist practices with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche as her outside reader. The dissertation was titled An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Practicing Tibetan Dream Yoga Four Foundations on Waking Life Awareness and Dreams. She is a longtime meditator and a student of several Eastern and Western religious traditions, and is trained as a spiritual director. Barbara works with the Palo Alto Research Center on resolving creative blocks and on various projects involving people, technology, and innovation. She is the co-author of a book on research and innovation, Breakthrough: Stories and Strategies of Radical Innovation, published by The MIT Press. Barbara is in private consulting practice and currently conducts research on Bön Buddhist practices.

Mike Gawrysiak, Ph.D. 3 Doors Compassion Project Principle 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., Delaware State University 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; Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, and Scott Clearwater, Ph.D.