Scientific Publications

Dr. Shamini Jain has conducted numerous clinical trials and basic science research in the areas of integrative medicine and psychoneuroimmunology.  A complete list of her publications can be found on Google Scholar. Below are a few highlighted scientific publications.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Meditation Versus Relaxation Training: Effects on Distress, Positive States of Mind, Rumination, and Distraction

Jain, S., Shapiro, S. L., Swanick, S., Roesch, S. C., Mills, P. J., Bell, I., & Schwartz, G. E. (2007). A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness meditation versus relaxation training: Effects on distress, positive states of mind, rumination, and distraction. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 33, 11-21.

This landmark study was the first randomized controlled trial to compare a mindfulness meditation intervention with an active relaxation intervention, and examine cognitive mechanisms of action that might separate mindfulness meditation from relaxation processes. Dr. Jain and her colleagues found that mindfulness was unique from relaxation in its ability to reduce ruminative and distractive thinking, and that these reductions in rumination drove decreases in distress for those who were being trained in mindfulness meditation.

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Indo-Tibetan Philosophical and Medical Systems: Perspectives on the Biofield

Jain, S., Daubenmier, J., Muehsam, D., Rapgay, L., & Chopra, D. (2015). Indo-Tibetan philosophical and medical systems: perspectives on the biofield. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 4(1_suppl), gahmj-2015.

In this paper, we discuss Vedic, Jain and Tibetan Buddhist models of consciousness and how these traditions' philosophical and medical systems related to current Western concepts in health and healing.

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Complementary Medicine for Fatigue and Cortisol Variability in Breast Cancer Survivors

Jain, S., Pavlik, D., Distefan, J., Bruyere, R. R. L., Acer, J., Garcia, R., ... & Mills, P. J. (2012). Complementary medicine for fatigue and cortisol variability in breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer, 118(3), 777-787.

This randomized controlled study with fatigued breast cancer survivors examined the effects of hands-on-healing for reducing fatigue and improving quality of life and physiological function, as compared to a mock healing group and a wait-list control group. Placebo variables were carefully measured and examined as predictors of response. The study found that the actual healing group showed clinically and statistically significant reductions in fatigue, as well as improvements in cortisol variability. Placebo factors predicted changes in quality of life, but not changes in cortisol variability.

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Healing Touch with Guided Imagery for PTSD in Returning Active Duty Military: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Jain, S., McMahon, G. F., Hasen, P., Kozub, M. P., Porter, V., King, R., & Guarneri, E. M. (2012). Healing touch with guided imagery for PTSD in returning active duty military: A randomized controlled trial. Military Medicine, 177(9), 1015-1021.

This randomized controlled trial examined the effects of Healing Touch combined with Guided Imagery compared to treatment as usual in active duty military at a military base. Results showed statistically and clinically significant decreases in PTSD, depression, and cynicism for the treatment group compared to the control group.

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Effects of Perceived Stress and Uplifts on Inflammation and Coagualibility

Jain, S., Mills, P. J., Von Känel, R., Hong, S., & Dimsdale, J. E. (2007). Effects of perceived stress and uplifts on inflammation and coagulability. Psychophysiology, 44(1), 154-160.

This study examined the effects of perceptions of daily events as either stressful (hassles) or positive (uplifts) on immune and blood markers in otherwise healthy individuals.  Results from the study indicated that increased perceptions of “hassles” are associated with increases in inflammation and hypercoagulabilty, and independently, increased perception of life events as “uplifts” are associated with decreased hypercoagulability.

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Biofield Therapies: Helpful or Full of Hype? A Best Evidence Synthesis

Jain, S., & Mills, P. J. (2010). Biofield therapies: helpful or full of hype? A best evidence synthesis. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17, 1-16.

This systematic review examined the evidence for 66 clinical studies of biofield therapies (such as Reiki, Healing Touch and others) in a variety of patients. Results indicated that these therapies showed strong evidence for reducing pain, moderate evidence for reducing anxiety in hospitalized populations and moderate evidence for reducing negative behavior symptoms in dementia.

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