Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Distinguished University Scientist, Indiana University Bloomington, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is a distinguished scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center. He holds the position of professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at the universities of Illinois and Maryland. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines and proposed the Polyvagal Theory, which links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders.


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