About David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D.
I do not have any position in the TM movement, although I formerly did and I am a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program. I do not represent the TM organization. This website is not an official or unofficial TM organization web site. It is strictly an expression of my own understanding and personal experiences, stated as candidly and as clearly as I can.
My qualifications for addressing these issues are that I am one of the principal researchers in the world on meditation and its effects, having over 100 publications, mostly in peer-reviewed journals, and I have been asked to review the meditation research on chronic pain and insomnia by a National Institutes of Health Technology Assessment conference, for example. I have traveled to over 56 countries to speak on the research on meditation to scientific conferences, the public, the press, program directors, government officials, members of Congress, parliaments, heads of state, and the United Nations.
In addition, I personally know and have worked with many of the primary researchers on various meditation techniques. Through my years of doing meditation research I have come to know well the other researchers and administrators of the TM organization and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I have inside knowledge of how the TM movement works. I am in a unique position, due to my personal and professional experience, to be able to provide an informed perspective on the questions raised.