About Helané Wahbeh

Dr. Wahbeh is a naturopathic physician and clinician researcher. Dr. Wahbeh’s purpose is reveal the true nature of reality and human potential through research and direct experience.

After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley where she studied Anthropology and pre-medicine, she began her research career as a research associate in public health. She helped conduct a community health assessment, discovering that the greatest obstacle in access to care and services was lack of adequate information dissemination. She then worked as a research assistant and psychometrist at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Dr. Wahbeh’s growing interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), especially mind-body medicine, led her to pursue a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at the National University  of Natural Medicine (NUNM, Portland, OR).  In addition to extensive course and clinic education, Dr. Wahbeh received training in Emotional Release Therapy, homeopathy, leadership from Au Coeur de la Communication International Institute and Peak Potentials and is a Reiki Master. After receiving her doctorate, she started a private practice in Portland, Oregon. Her general family private practice focused on energy medicine, mind/body medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, and physical medicine. She also created a healthy weight-loss program called “Whole Body Radiance” incorporating workshops, classes, and a self-hypnosis CD.  Dr. Wahbeh began her own personal meditation practice working with Corelight, where she completed a four-year teacher training in 2011. Dr. Wahbeh studied Mindfulness Meditation and received training as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher from Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Research began calling to Dr. Wahbeh again. She was accepted as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Helfgott Research Institute at the NUNM, where she completed studies on binaural beats, naturopathic anti-inflammatory diet’s effect on mood and psychoneuroimmunological measures, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy research program for combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center.

To further develop her skills in mind-body medicine research and multi-system outcomes, Dr. Wahbeh completed a National Institutes of Health T32 post-doctoral research fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. During that time, she conducted clinical research and a systematic review, published and submitted papers for publication, and completed courses in the Master of Clinical Research program.

In September 2008, Dr. Wahbeh received the Bernard Osher/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) CAM Practitioner Career Development Award. During this fellowship, she conducted “VET MIND: Mechanistic pathways of mindfulness meditation in post-traumatic stress disorder” and was trained in neuroscience, collecting and analyzing electrophysiological data, biostatistics, and mindfulness meditation. She received her Clinical Research degree in March, 2009, from OHSU Human Investigations Program.

Dr. Wahbeh has contributed to science through numerous publications in the areas of synthesizing the evidence for complementary and alternative medicine, specifically mind-body medicine, the field of mindfulness meditation, physiological measures in people with posttraumatic stress disorder, the intersection of posttraumatic stress disorder and mindfulness meditation, and the evaluation and treatment of dementia caregivers. Additionally, she collaborated to create an objective adherence measure of mind-body interventions and quantitative signal processing to discriminate meditative states.

Dr. Wahbeh is currently the Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She also holds adjunct faculty positions at the Oregon Health & Science University, National University of Natural Medicine, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. At IONS, her primary research interest is in channeling, which is the phenomenon of accessing information and energy from beyond our traditional five senses. Building on IONS previous efforts in this area, she developed the IONS Channeling Research Program. She is also the principal investigator of the IONS Discovery Lab (IDL). IDL is a comprehensive measurement core that scientifically evaluates experiential practices whose strategic objectives are to: 1) Collect and analyze relevant pre- and post-measures on a vast range of experiential learning practices; 2) Develop science-informed IONS noetic training programs based on analysis of IDL data; 3) Allow IDL to serve as a measurement core for workshop leaders, organizations, and businesses to evaluate their offerings. Dr. Wahbeh also guides the IONS science team in supporting IONS mission and vision.

Dr. Wahbeh has spoken about IONS and her work nationally and internationally. In her free time, she enjoys meditating, being in nature, travelling, gardening, hiking, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends.

See also:
A lising of Dr. Wahbeh's publications at the National Center for Biotechnology Information
Dr. Wahbeh's publications in the IONS Online Library

See also: Dr. Wahbeh's audio and video presentations in the IONS Online Library


4/12/2014, Mindfulness Meditation for PTSD, Research and Practice. University of Caribe Puerto Rico

2/21/14, Science of Consciousness: Personal, Relational, Global, and Beyond. Chinmaya Mission, Princeton, New Jersey.

8/19/2011, Meditator and non-meditator differences in EEG power and phase synchrony.American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

5/19/2011, Mindfulness Meditation for PTSD, 22ND Annual International Trauma Conference, Boston, MA.

3/10/2009, Mechanistic pathways of mindfulness medicine in post-traumatic stress disorder Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture Series in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Bethesda, Maryland NCCAM.


1/29/16, The Science of Channeling. Earthrise Retreat Center, Petaluma, California. 

3/18/2015, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD. Veterans Integrated Support Network 20 Northwest, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center. 

11/5/14, Mindfulness Meditation for Cognition and Mood in Healthy Older Adults. Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Neurology Grand Rounds, Portland, Oregon

4/23/14, Mindfulness Meditation in Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University. Department of Neurology Grand Rounds, Portland, Oregon

4/21/2011, Objective adherence and study methods of a mechanistic mindfulness meditation RCT for combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Symposium for Portland Area Research Conference, Portland, Oregon. 

6/13/2014, “Mindfulness meditation for multiple sclerosis” Oregon MS Society, Portland, Oregon.

4/17/2014, “Mindfulness meditation for IBD”  Inflammatory Bowel Disease support group, Portland, Oregon.

7/26/13, Mechanisms of Mindfulness Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Neurology Grand Rounds, Portland, Oregon

1/21/2012, “Post Trauma Care Integrative Medicine” International Integrative Medicine Day Event, Portland, Oregon.

1/6/2012,   “Mindfulness Meditation for Combat Veterans with PTSD” Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

10/27/2011, “Mindfulness Meditation for Combat Veterans with PTSD” Oregon Military Support Network (OMSN), Portland, Oregon.

12/4/2010, “VET MIND: Mindfulness meditation in combat veterans with PTSD” Maitripa Institute Symposium “Crossroads of the Future: A Symposium on Buddhism & Science”, Portland, Oregon.

3/12/2010, “Mindfulness Meditation for Combat Veterans with PTSD” Oregon Military Support Network (OMSN), Portland, Oregon.