Psychosocial Genomics represents an integration of biological, cultural and psychological disciplines to further understand what it means to be human.. The underlying theory is based on the research pioneeered by Ernest L. Rossi PhD, an internationally known scientist and psychotherapist and his wife, Kathryn L. Rossi, PhD. Both have dedicated their careers to identifying the underlying processes involved in Psychosocial and Cultural Genomics:Our genes operate as units that respond to a “top down” approach from mind to molecules in an individual to both his or her internal and external environments. This is in stark contrast to the medical model of “bottoms up” in typical research paradigms. The structure, function and identity of every single human cell is shaped by the everyday interactions of that cell with its environment including ultradian time cycles, protein synthesis, behaviors, thoughts and gene expression that creates brain plasticity.
Research originating in Italy (Rossi, et al, 2008) found that Mind-Body Transformations Therapy (MBT-T) [previously known as the Creative Psychosocial Genomic Healing Experience (CPGHE)]. Further seminal research studies have been conducted at the University of Salerno in Italy lovingly nurtured by Mauro Cozzolino, PhD and Giovanna Celia, PhD.
Rossi, E., Iannotti, S., Cozzolino, M., Castiglione, S., Cicatelli, A. & Rossi, K. (2008). A pilot study of positive expectations and focused attention via a new protocol for therapeutic hypnosis assessed with DNA microarrays: The creative psychosocial genomic healing experience. Sleep and Hypnosis: An International Journal of Sleep, Dream, and Hypnosis, 10:2, 39-44.
Rossi E, Rossi K, Yount G, Cozzolino M & Iannotti S (2006). The Bioinformatics of Integrative Medical Insights: Proposals for an International PsychoSocial and Cultural Bioinformatics Project. Integrative Medicine Insights. Open Access on line.
Rossi E, Vyas B, Atkinson D, Iannotti S, Cozzolino M, Castiglione S, Cicatelli A, Vyas B, Mortimer J, Hill R, Chovanec E, Chiamberlando A, Cuadros J, Virot C, Kerouac M, Kallfass T, Krippner S,Frederick C, Gregory B, Shaffran M, Bullock M, Soleimany E, Rossi A, Rossi K and Rossi E, (2010). What Makes Us Human? A Neuroscience Prolegomenon for the Philosophy of Evolution and Consciousness. Chapter 2 in The Philosophy of Evolution (Rana, UVS Srinivas K, Aery NC and Purohit AK (eds)). India: Yash Publishing House.Pp 15-38.
The Psychosocial Genomics Focus
Psychosocial Genomics aims to integrate the most recent knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, psychotherapy and genomics in order to explain how psychosocial experiences can modulate gene expression and brain plasticity to facilitate behavioral change at the molecular-genomic level.
Activities in Psychosocial Genomics
Psychosocial Genomics combines research, training and clinical activities with the aim both to translate findings in the field of psychosocial genomic research into effective models of clinical intervention, and to provide high qualified and innovative training courses in psychotherapy.