Christopher Gilbert, PhD

Biofeedback Practitioner and Clinical Psychologist

“My work, which I call ‘clinical psychophysiology,’ involves helping people reduce their primitive stress responses in situations that don’t require the whole mobilization of the fight-or-flight response, including excessive muscle tension, altered breathing, elevated blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and high adrenaline, cortisol and glucose. Biofeedback serves as a mirror for all this, and provides a method for learning to turn things down.” 

Dr. Christopher Gilbert has worked in the field of biofeedback since 1975, helping patients dealing with a variety of physical and psychological issues, including anxiety and chronic pain. Prior to joining the Osher Center, he worked at the Chronic Pain Program at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco for 15 years, where he used a variety of modalities of biofeedback, as well as imagery and hypnosis to teach self-regulation to chronic pain patients. Prior to that, he was in private practice in New Jersey for several years, where he also taught at Ramapo College. He is certified in biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).

Dr. Gilbert has published numerous articles and book chapters about the treatment of hyperventilation, headaches, pain, anxiety, and breathing disorders. He is an associate editor of Biofeedback Magazine and is on the advisory board of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. He has co-authored and edited two books, Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders.

Dr. Gilbert received his BA degree in anthropology from UCLA and his master’s and PhD in psychology from Michigan State University.


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