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Karen Olness, MD, FAAP

Karen Olness, MD, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, Global Health and Diseases
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

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Dr. Karen Olness is a pediatrician who began teaching hypnosis to children in 1968. With Dr. Daniel Kohen, she has written a textbook, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children, now in its fourth edition. She has done controlled studies, examining the ability of children to apply hypnosis in reduction of migraines, control of immunologic responses and control of autonomic responses and has more than 150 publications.

She is Past President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the American Board of Medical Hypnosis, the International Society of Hypnosis and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She serves on the editorial board of the journal, Biofeedback and Self Regulation.  

She is Professor of Pediatrics, Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has chaired the executive committee of the AAP Section on International Child Health.

She has been a volunteer to help children in disasters for many years and developed the first training program on "Management of humanitarian emergencies: focus on children" in 1995. She is Chair of the International Pediatric Association Technical Advisory Committee on Children in Humanitarian Emergencies. She is a permanent member of a National Institutes of Health Study Section on Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Olness is board certified in pediatrics, child development and behavior, and medical hypnosis. With her husband, she owns and manages an organic farm.