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  • David E. Bresler, PhD, LAc
    Author, Consultant and Educator
    President, Academy for Guided Imagery
David E. Bresler, PhD, LAc, Dipl Ac, is a neuroscientist, psychologist, acupuncturist, author, and educator internationally recognized for his pioneering work with people in chronic pain. He was one of the first contemporary American scientists to seriously study and research acupuncture, guided imagery, and other mind/body approaches. In 1973, he founded and directed the UCLA Pain Control Unit, the first multi-disciplinary, university-based chronic pain program utilizing techniques such as acupuncture, biofeedback, and guided imagery. This program was a prototype for many of the complementary and alternative medicine clinics that have since followed.

Dr. Bresler is currently the President of the Academy for Guided Imagery in Malibu, CA. He has served as Associate Clinical Professor in the UCLA Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Department of Psychology, Dean of Mind/Body Medicine at the University of Integrated Studies, and Professor at the University of Philosophical Research and the California School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Bresler has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific papers in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, acupuncture, guided imagery, complementary and alternative medicine, and mind/body medicine, as well as forty-six books and workbooks, including the self-help books Free Yourself from Pain (Simon & Schuster) and Break Your Smoking Habit With Guided Imagery (AlphaBooks).

Dr. Bresler was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Pain Treatment by the American Academy of Pain Management, and was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a White House Commissioner on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.

Dr. Bresler has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the New York Board of Medical Examiners, the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance, the California Industrial Medical Council, the American Medical Association, California Medical and Dental Associations, and numerous other professional and governmental agencies. He has also served as an Executive Coach and creativity trainer for Times Mirror, Disney, Hughes, Rockwell, among others.

Dr. Bresler is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, a Diplomate of the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncturists, and a Fellow, Diplomate, or member of over twenty professional organizations. He has served on the editorial staff of eight professional journals and is listed in several editions of Who's Who and in The Best Doctors In America. His radio and TV appearances have made him a well-known authority in the field of behavioral medicine, and he's been featured or interviewed in many popular magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, People, US, Psychology Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, Natural Health, and Prevention.