Doc Childre

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Doc Lew Childre
Born September 7
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Residence USA
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Fields Human development, psychology, psychotherapy, Stress Management
Institutions Heartmath
Known for The Heartmath Institute

Doc Childre is an American human development specialist[1] and the founder of the HeartMath Institute, a non-profit organization whose objective is to help the development of heart-brain-coherence. His works on child development and strategies for dealing with stress have been widely accepted by the medical community as a tool for stress reduction and healthier living.[2]

Early years[edit]

Childre is the son of the late Doc Lew Childre, one of the founders of the Grand Ole Opry. After serving in the National Guard, he started a recording studio. In his early twenties, he developed some health problems that caused him to look for alternative treatments and that is when he began researching stress. He also did a lot of reading and meditating, and came to realize that ultimately the answers he was looking for were in his own heart. He then began to research "heart intelligence". In 1991, he set up the Institute of HeartMath as a non-profit research and education organization to promote his ideas.


Select books

  • Doc Childre, Howard Martin and Donna Beech: The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence. HarperOne, New York 2000, ISBN 9780062516060.
  • Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman: Transforming Stress: The HeartMath Solution for Relieving Worry, Fatigue, and Tension. New Harbinger Publications, Oakland / California 2005, ISBN 978-1572243972.

Select journal articles

  • Doc Childre and R. McCraty: "Psychophysiological Correlates of Spiritual Experience". Biofeedback (edited by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Wheat Ridge, Colorado), Vol. 29 (4) / 2001, ISSN 2158-348X, pp. 13–17.
    • Electronic edition: E-ISSN 1081-5937. The article can be read online via the homepage of the Association here.


  1. ^ Doc Childre is not a medical doctor, the first name was given to him by his father after his birth.
  2. ^ Ref. D. Childre / R. McCraty, Biofeedback 29(4)/ 2001: pp.13–17.


Book reviews

Other Sources

  • Gracie Bonds Staples. "Living with your choices Course of action", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 30, 2010. Quote: "Doc Childre, the internationally renowned stress expert, said.."
  • Portia Berrey, "The heart has its own brain.literally." Denver Examiner, September 21, 2009. Summarizes Childre's position on the "brain in the heart".
  • Media sources at the HearthMath website has 100s of "in the media" sources archived.
  • NewsBank shows 34 newspaper articles as of October 2013

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