Michael Changaris, PsyD
Dr. Changaris is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in the biological bases of behavior, stress physiology, and the neuroanatomy of PTSD. Dr. Changaris has a passionate commitment to the development of a research agenda that allows SETI to become a leader in the affect-based treatments which address a wide range of health and mental health challenges. Dr. Changaris is the training coordinator for an integrated health psychology program. He trains and supervises post-doctoral, pre-doctoral and practicum level students on a biopsychosocial approach to team-based care. Dr. Changaris completed his post-doctoral fellowship with the child, family and adolescent intensive outpatient program with Kaiser Permanente in Antioch. He obtained a doctorate in psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Dr. Changaris completed his dissertation research on the efficacy of Somatic Experiencing in treating adults who were homeless. He also has worked extensively with elders with and without neurodegenerative disorders and developed treatments and trainings to address the unique needs of this population. Dr. Changaris has training in multiple body-based modalities and has a specialty in neuroscience of touch. He has presented several papers with the USABP on Somatic Experiencing with elders, family, and the neurobiology of touch.
Financial: Dr. Michael Changaris has an employment relationship with the Wright Institute. He receives travel reimbursement from Somatic Experiencing Institute. He receives royalties as a published author. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Michael Changaris is a founding member of the Safe Opiate Prescription Committee (SOPARC) and of NorCal SEPA. He is a member of several committees of Contra Costa Health Services. He serves as a member of the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute, the Somatic Experiencing Research Coalition, and the Miller Wellness Center Integrated Health Care Planning Team.