Somatic Experiencing® Research

Hey there! I’m Elizabeth and I want to tell you about the scientific research I’m doing on SE here at Smith College.

We are going to teach undergraduate students SE skills with the goal of building self-regulation. From Somatic Experiencing, Polyvagal Theory, and Twig Wheeler’s extremely thoughtful distillation of these ideas and their practical applications, my research focuses on orienting and interoception.

One of the exciting things is that, here at Smith I have access to a psychophysiology lab where we will be collecting physiological data including skin conductance, heart rate, and heart rate variability respiratory sinus arrhythmia data so that we can check out what these SE tools are doing in terms of nervous system functioning. This will help us broaden SE’s scientific base and get SE skills to more people.

If you are watching this video, I’m asking for your support to get this research off the ground. Anything you feel excited to contribute is welcomed and appreciated. The funds we raise here will go towards incentivizing students to complete the study as well as other resources needed for the lab. The SE community has been a continual source of strength and support for me, both personally and in the work I offer in the world. Thank you for being a part of it!

Elizabeth is currently a PhD candidate at Smith College School for Social Work where her research focuses on integrating body-mind practices with evidenced-based clinical interventions. Elizabeth is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University School of Social Work and Smith College School for Social Work where she teaches on Neurobiology for Clinical Practice and Research Methods in Clinical Practice. Elizabeth also consults and offers workshops on the use of somatic psychology tools in clinical supervision and social justice activism.

​Elizabeth is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and teaching assistant through the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.

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Eliz Abeth 
Northampton, MA
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