Jeffery Dusek

Senior Research Advisor

Dr. Dusek has more than 20 years of experience leading innovative research at leading research and healthcare institutions. 

From 1998 to 2007, he was the director of research for the Mind/Body Medical Institute at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Instructor in Medicine of the Harvard Medical School. He was key to receipt of a multi-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), from which three seminal research studies were completed and numerous scientific articles published. 

From 2007 to 2017, Dr. Dusek was the director of research at the Penny George Institute of Allina Health based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Dusek was the principal investigator of a multi-year grant from the NIH, which resulted in 16 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed medical research journals that demonstrate positive outcomes for integrative health therapies. 

At Kripalu, Dr. Dusek is expanding the organization's research agenda to examine the impact of Kripalu’s RISE™ program on outcomes for healthcare professionals, educators, and law enforcement, as well as public companies. Another area of growth for Kripalu research is the exploration of changes that result from guests’ experience at the retreat center. With more than 50,000 guest stays per year, Kripalu has the opportunity to lead the understanding of how the retreat center experience can impact the health and wellness of guests.

Dr. Dusek’s research has been published in eminent academic journals, such as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Circulation, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. His research been covered in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and USA Today, and on National Public Radio.

Besides his passion for research, Jeff is an avid runner and loves to spend time being physically fit outdoors.  Jeff’s family includes his wife and two daughters and schnoodle. Jeff and his wife practice yoga together as often as possible. 


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