Stephen Porges

Stephen Porges

Stephen Porges, PhD, Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is founding Director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. A former President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, he was a recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award; has published more than 350 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines cited in more than 38,000 peer-reviewed papers; holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic states; and is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, which emphasizes the importance of physiological states in the expression of behavioral, mental and health problems related to traumatic experiences.


He is the author of:


  • The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011)
  • The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017)
  • and co-editor of: Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018).