Dr. GaylordTitles

Associate Professor, Director of the Program on Integrative Medicine, Director of the UNC Mindfulness-Based Stress and Pain Management Program, Co-Director of the Integrative Medicine Consult Service, Editor of Complementary Health Practice Review


PhD: Psychology, Duke University, 1984


  • alternative and complementary therapy education
  • health beliefs
  • mindfulness meditation
  • homeopathy
  • spirituality
  • gerontology
  • women’s health issues

Current Research

UNC Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH R01)
Funding Agency: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Role: Co-PI

Clinical & Metabolic Effects of Altering n-3 & n-6 Fatty Acids in Migraine (NIH T32)
Funding Agency: NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Role: Co-PI

Adaptation of Mindfulness Training to Treat Chronic Pain in the Military
Funding Agency: Research Triangle Institute (RTI International)
Role: PI

Promoting Positive Mental Health for Youth and Caregivers in Southeast Raleigh through Mindfulness-based Training: A Collaborative Planning Project
Funding Agency: John Rex Endowment
Role: PI

Recent Research

Nutrition for Migraine Prevention
Funding Agency: UNC-Chapel Hill Clinical and Translational Research Center / National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH R01)
Role: Co-PI

Craniosacral Therapy in Migraine: Feasibility Study
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health/NCCAM R2
Role: Co-PI

Mindfulness for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health/NCCAM R21
Role: PI

A Mindfulness-based Intervention to Reduce Diabetes Risk in Pre-diabetic African Americans
Funding Agency: NCCAM
Role: Lead PI

Exploratory Analgesic Dietary Intervention for Chronic Daily Headache
Funding Agency: Mayday Fund
Role: Co-PI

UNC Courses

Fieldwork in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, FMME 452
Principles and Practices of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, FMME 250

Recent Publications

Ramsden CE, Faurot KR, Zamora D, Suchindran CM, Macintosh BA, Gaylord S, et al. Targeted alternation of dietary n-3 and n-6 fatty acids for the treatment of chronic headaches: a randomized trial. Pain. 2013;154: 2441-51.

Moura VL, Faurot KR, Gaylord SA, Mann JD, Sill M, Lynch C, Lee MY. Mind-body interventions for treatment of phantom limb pain in persons with amputation. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012;91(8):701-14. View the abstract.

Young L, Faurot K, Gaylord S. Use of and Communication about Dietary Supplements Among Hospitalized Patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine. January, 2009.

Gaylord SA, Whitehead WE, Coble RS, Faurot KR, Palsson OS, Garland EL, Frey W, Mann JD. Mindfulness for irritable bowel syndrome: protocol development for a controlled clinical trial. BMC: Complement Altern Med. 2009;9:24.

Mann JD, Faurot K, Wilkinson L, Curtis P, Coeytaux R, Suchindran C, Gaylord SA. Craniosacral therapy for migraine: protocol development for an exploratory controlled clinical trial. BMJ. 2008.


Current Honors & Professional Memberships

2010 Fellow, Academy of Educators, UNC School of Medicine
Editorial Board, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Chair, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Task Force, UNC Planetree
Consortium on Natural Medicine and Public Health, North Carolina
Student Wellness Committee, UNC School of Medicine
UNC Interdisciplinary Pain Center Work Group
Reviewer, Journal of American Geriatrics Society