Frewen MEDITATIONS Research Lab


Welcome to Dr. Paul Frewen's MEDITATIONS Research Lab in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Western University of Canada!!

  • MEDITATIONS is an acronym we use to overview our various research interests as described in our ABOUT page.
  • Our research is also guided by the principle to innovate technology in the service of improving interventions in psychology.
  • The overarching aim of our research program is to advance our understanding of normal-waking consciousness, dissociative altered states of consciousness, and higher levels of consciousness, as they express in psychological health and wellbeing, and as they relate to recovery from psychological disorders.
  • Our research methods include clinical, phenomenological, psychometric, cognitive-affective, computational (neural-network) modeling, psychophysiology, and neuroimaging.
  • For a reference list of our published research please find Dr. Frewen on Google Scholar or Research Gate.


Technological Innovations for Psychological Interventions


Our recent research aims span the development of web-based psychological assessment, web-based instruction and practice of meditation, EEG neurofeedback (NFB) guided meditation, combination brain stimulation and NFB treatment, and combination virtual reality therapy and NFB treatment.



Healing the traumatized self


Much of our overall approach to research and clinical practice with traumatized persons is described in our text Healing the Traumatized Self, with forwards by David Spiegel and Bessel van der Kolk.


From the inside cover: People with severe and chronic trauma-related psychological disorders experience a wide variety of forms of distress and dissociation. Here, Paul Frewen and Ruth Lanius present a new model for parsing the symptoms of trauma-related disorders into non-dissociative distress and properly dissociative "trauma-related altered states of conscioussness," or TRASC...tracking concurrent disturbances in 1) time-memory, 2) thought, 3) body, and 4) emotion. The forms of TRASC they identify include: 1) flashbacks of trauma memories, 2) voice-hearing, 3) depersonalization, and 4) marked emotional numbing and affective shut-down... Healing the Traumatized Self is a major step forward in our theoretical understanding of the consciousness of posttraumatic experience and clinical attention to its complex symptomatology.


Our Research At a Glance

  • CARTS

  • PCR

  • MMTT

  • MBAS

  • VVSORPT

  • MIND

  • PSYCHE

  • TRASC