Dr. Stephen Porges, PhD

is the Creator (Discoverer) of the Polyvagal Theory, widely considered to be the most important revision to our understanding of Autonomic Nervous System function in 50 years, with implications that will transform the diagnosis, classification, and treatment of physical, mental health, and physiological disorders. The Polyvagal Theory is a deep map of the human nervous system, identified by Dr. Porges and rigorously studied. It forms the theoretical framework that explains why many of the new somatically-oriented trauma therapies are effective. Dr. Porges has multiple university appointments, and is the past President of the American Pscycho-physiological Society.