Nicholas V. Karayannis, MPT, PhD

Title: Mindfulness Based Physical Therapy: Approaching Our Practice with Humility and Curiosity

Synopsis: TBA


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My research aims to improve the health status, beliefs and behaviors of people suffering from persistent spinal pain through innovative refinement of clinical decision-making, and participatory rehabilitation. My work is clinically motivated and focuses on developing a better understanding of which person will respond to one type of mind-heart-body therapy over another—in addition to understanding and refining the content and delivery of these meditative and movement-based forms of care.

Dr. Nicholas Karayannis (Pronounced KA-ruh-YAH-nees) is a lead Physical Therapist within the Division of Pain Medicine and a Researcher within the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory at Stanford. Before receiving his Ph.D. in Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2013, he trained as a fellow in orthopedic manual therapy in the USA and Canada (North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy).

He graduated with a Master's in Physical Therapy degree in 2000 from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the same institution. Nicholas is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, a Certified Yoga and Tai Chi Teacher, A Center for Mindfulness Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher, and a Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) Leader.