Jim Cahill, BCB
Jim Cahill is the developer of Integrative Biofeedback, Meditation, and Contemplative Science Therapy™ (IBMCS). A board-certified biofeedback therapist, Jim has served on the Board of Directors of the Biofeedback Society of California, and as the co-editor of the society journal. He offers IBMCS training in several medical settings in San Diego. His practice focuses on all disorders relating to stress, including but not limited to chronic pain, insomnia, cardiovascular functioning, surgical preparation and recovery, and achieving optimum balance for optimum health. He also trains professionals and athletes seeking to achieve optimum performance and increased well-being in everyday life.
Jim performed basic brain research at the world-renowned Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, and is a firm believer in scientifically grounded treatment approaches. He has written chapters for several medical school textbooks, edited hundreds of biomedical manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, and has invented patented biomedical technologies. Jim studied cross-cultural approaches to medicine and assisted in teaching courses in medical anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, Medical School.
Jim has combined these diverse interests by integrating biofeedback and applied psychophysiology with the most studied and validated methods of Eastern meditation from the Indo-Tibetan tradition. He has been a fund-raiser and sponsor of the internationally recognized Mind & Life Meetings, at MIT and Johns Hopkins Medical School, which catalyzed an ongoing dialog and research effort between elite Western scientists and leading contemplation practitioners.
He was also a participant in the landmark Shamatha Project in 2007, which was launched at the behest of H.H. the Dalai Lama and included study design by a Nobel Prize-winning researcher. This study comprised the most rigorous, scientifically controlled research into the effects of meditation ever undertaken and has resulted in dozens of follow-on studies.
Jim is currently writing a book on Integrative Biofeedback, Meditation, and Contemplative Science™, which integrates Western psychophysiology with Eastern contemplative practices.
He continues to study meditation theory and technique under the guidance of B. Alan Wallace, a Stanford PhD and former monk who was ordained by, and served as translator for, H.H. the Dalai Lama.