David E. Bresler, PhD, LAc, Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM), Dipl.AAPM, is a neuroscientist, board certified acupuncturist and health psychologist, author, and educator best known for his pioneering work with people in chronic pain. He is the co-founder and President of the Academy for Guided Imagery, and formerly served as Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Gnathology and Occlusion at the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the UCLA Psychology Department.
Dr. Bresler is internationally recognized as one of the first contemporary American scientists to study, research, and teach acupuncture, guided imagery, biofeedback, and other mind/body approaches in a major medical institution.
In 1973, he created and directed the innovative UCLA Pain Control Unit, the first multi-disciplinary, university-based chronic pain program in America utilizing these mind/body techniques. This innovative UCLA program became a prototype for many of the complementary and alternative medicine clinics that have since followed.
Dr. Bresler has authored or co-authored over 250 scientific articles, textbook chapters, workbooks, CDs, DVDs and books in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, acupuncture, guided imagery, complementary and alternative medicine, consciousness and creative communication, and mind/body medicine. These include the classic self-help books and CD series Free Yourself from Pain and Break Your Smoking Habit with Guided Imagery.
He has served on the editorial staff of eight professional journals and is listed in several editions of Who’s Who and The Best Doctors In America. His numerous radio and TV appearances have made him a well-known authority in the field of behavioral medicine, and he’s been featured or interviewed in many popular magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, People, US, and Prevention.
Dr. Bresler has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, American Medical and Dental Associations, California Medical and Dental Associations, New York Board of Medical Examiners, California Board of Medical Quality Assurance, California Industrial Medical Council, and numerous other professional and governmental agencies. He has served as an Executive Coach and creativity trainer for senior executives at many prominent corporations including Times Mirror, Disney, Hughes, and Rockwell.
Dr. Bresler has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Pain Treatment by the American Academy of Pain Management, and he was appointed by President Clinton as a White House Commissioner on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.