Baylor University Mind-Body Medicine Research Lab

Contact us if you are interested in participating in a current or future study!

Our Mission is to increase knowledge and awareness of mind-body research, to relieve suffering, and to improve overall health and quality of life.

The Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory (MBMRL) is committed to a comprehensive research program that seeks to identify, understand, develop, and disseminate complementary and mind-body medical interventions (clinical and experimental hypnosis, relaxation based interventions, mindfulness) in the integrative health care.

Our Studies

Our research focus is primarily mind-body interventions for physical and emotional symptoms. The current research studies are conducted in part with funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH/NCCIH), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the internal support of Baylor University. Dr. Gary Elkins is the director of the MBMRL.

Hot Flashes

NIH funded study which explores the effectiveness of self-administered hypnosis for reduction of hot flashes. Other menopausal symptoms such as sleep, anxiety, and depression are being reviewed for other potential benefits of the intervention.

Chronic Back Pain

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), this study examines the effects of music and other audio recordings for chronic pain management and sleep in older adults. 

Sleep Quality in Caregivers

The purpose of this NIH funded study is to determine the feasibility of a self-administered hypnosis program among caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.

Contribute to Science

We would love to hear from you. Please send us a message by filling out the form below and we will get back with you shortly. If interested in participating in one of our clinical trials, please indicate which study.

Or call — 254 296 0824

MBMRL Philosophy

“The potential of humans can best be understood when we consider the entire person rather than only the physical self. The mind encompasses the brain; but also includes consciousness, awareness, intentionality, and spirituality. All healing is ultimately from God; however we can discover ways to utilize the mind to bring about positive changes in the body.”

Gary Elkins, Ph.D.


(254) 296-08242352

801 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701