Maxwell Rainforth

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Psychology

Dr. Maxwell Rainforth is a contributing faculty member with the School of Psychology, which he joined in 2011. He has been the lead statistician on over 20 research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and private foundations. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of health psychology, educational psychology, organizational psychology, crime prevention and rehabilitation, and substance use disorders.

Courses Taught

Psyc 9000 - Dissertation


PhD, Maharishi University of Management

MA, Maharishi University of Management

MS, Maharishi University of Management

BS, University of Canterbury, New Zealand


Valosek, L., Link, J., Mills, P., Konrad, A., Rainforth, M. V., Nidich, S. (2018). Effect of meditation on emotional intelligence and perceived stress in the workplace: a randomized controlled study. Permanente Journal

Brown, M., Yando, R., Rainforth, M. V. (2000). Effects of an at-home video course on maternal learning, infant care, and infant health. Early Childhood Development and Care

Rainforth, M. V., Schneider, R., Nidich, S., Gaylord-King, C., Salerno, J., Anderson, J. (2007). Stress Reduction Programs in Patients with Elevated Blood Pressure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Current Hypertension Reports

Rutledge, T., Nidich, S., Schneider, R. H., Mills, P. J., Salerno, J., Heppner, P., Gomez, M. A., Gaylord-King, C., Rainforth, M. V. (2014). Design and rationale of a comparative effectiveness trial evaluating transcendental meditation against established therapies for PTSD.. Contemporary clinical trials

Schneider, R., Castillo-Richmond, A., Alexander, C., Myers, H., Kaushik, V., Aranguri, C., Norris, K., Haney, C., Rainforth, M. V., Calderon, R., Nidich, S. (2001). Behavioral treatment of hypertensive heart disease in African Americans: Rationale and design of a randomized controlled trial. Behavioral Medicine

Nidich,, S., Mills, P., Rainforth, M., Heppner, P., Schneider, R., Rosenthal, N., Salerno, J., Gaylord-King, C., Rutledge, T. (2018). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Transcendental Meditation Compared to Prolonged Exposure and Health Education Control in Veterans with PTSD. Lancet-Psychiatry

Wenneberg, S., Schneider, R., Walton, K., Maclean, C., Levitsky, D., Salerno, J., Wallace, R., Mandarino, J., Rainforth, M. V., Waziri, R. (1997). A controlled study of the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on cardiovascular reactivity and ambulatory blood pressure. International Journal of Neuroscience

Alexander, C., Robinson, P., Rainforth, M. V. (1994). Treating and preventing alcohol, nicotine and drug abuse through Transcendental Meditation: A review and statistical meta-analysis. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly

Haaga, D. A., Grosswald, S., Gaylord-King, C., Rainforth, M. V., Tanner, M., Travis, F., Nidich, S., Schneider, R. H. (2011). Effects of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Substance Use among University Students.. Cardiology research and practice