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Ann L. Baldwin, PhD

Ann Linda Baldwin, PhD, is a Professor of Physiology and Psychology at the University of Arizona. She is also a Reiki Master, and has practiced Reiki on people and animals for the last ten years. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Physics from University of Bristol, UK, her Masters degree in Radiation Physics from University of London, UK and her PhD in Physiology from Imperial College, University of London.

Ann’s research focuses on the physiological effects of mental and emotional stress, and she is currently exploring the efficacies of Reiki and of Biofeedback techniques in reducing the damaging effects of stress. She has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been a member of several review panels for National Institutes of Health. With her Reiki training and extensive scientific background, Ann hopes to bridge the gap between energy healing and quantitative scientific enquiry.

In her spare time Ann likes to ride her horse and she also volunteers as a horse handler for Therapeutic Riding of Tucson.

Ann’s major fields of research have been:
  • Effects of environmental stress on cardiovascular function and behavior in rodents.
  • Measurement of effects of alternative healing therapies, such as Reiki and Homeopathy, on stress-induced inflammation.
  • Measurement of effects of Reiki on cardiac function, peripheral blood flow and skin conductance in rodents, humans and non-human primates.
  • Effects of Reiki on bioelectromagnetic fields in humans.
  • Effects of hemoglobin-based blood substitutes on microvascular integrity.
  • Use of Biofeedback to help Parkinson’s patients perform tasks involving memory and fine motor control
  • Effects of diaphragmatic breathing on competitive cycling performance
  • Effects of different forms of energy healing on range of motion of people with shoulder problems.
  • Effects of individualized live harp music on pain perception and heart rate variability in patients in intensive care.
Current Projects
  • Measurement of effects of Reiki on bio-fields in humans
  • Effects of different forms of energy healing on peripheral blood flow
  • The physiology of horse-human interactions

View Ann’s curriculum vitae