- Shaker Heights Ohio United States
- Professor, Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine Professor, Psychiatry, CWRU School of Medicine
- Place Of Employment:
- UH Cleveland Medical Center Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Division of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology
- 1973, Delaware State University; 1980, Psychology - Rutgers State University; 1978, Princeton University 1982, Rutgers State University
- Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology
Dr. Howard Hall grew up in a household where blending traditional and nontraditional medicine was standard care, with his father serving as a licensed dentist in the army medical core and his mother focusing on herbal remedies. When he became sick as a child, he would be given both penicillin and spirit of niter as treatment. It is therefore not surprising that Dr. Hall continued this combined healing approach to become a pioneer in integrative health care.
After completing high school, Dr. Hall started his undergraduate education at Delaware State University, earning a Bachelor's Degree with honors in Psychology. He continued his education at Princeton University, earning both a Master's Degree and Doctorate in Experimental Psychology. Following completion of his Princeton education, he went on to earn a second Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University.
Since graduating, Dr. Hall has gained more than 25 years of in-depth experience combining traditional medicine with spirituality based on his studies of mind/body connections. His early research focused on the impact of hypnosis, biofeedback and immune function. In recent years, Dr. Hall has been studying the Islamic healing tradition of Sufi as an ancient practice with modern-day value. Dr. Hall strongly believes that the Sufi connection with God, allowing one to be free of pain and heal faster, has incredible value in the medical world. Sufi can be beneficial prior to surgery to help patients heal faster, as well as help patients suffering from chronic pain. "We need to go beyond what we already know [in science] to see if this can be helpful in a therapeutic manner when following a spiritual path." Dr. Hall's extensive research on Sufi rapid wound healing was the subject of a National Geographic Channel special.
Dr. Hall's clinical integrative practice uses hypnosis, biofeedback as well as a mind/body/holistic approach to treat patients with complex medical symptoms. Currently, he is employed as Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and is affiliated with the Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Division of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology. He is also a faculty member for the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute (NPHTI), where he has been training healthcare professionals for over 20 years. Dr. Hall also shared his integrative healthcare expertise while working as a sports psychologist with the Penn State football team, the Rainbow Sports Medicine program, and the Case Western Reserve University men soccer team.
Throughout his career to date, Dr. Hall has received numerous prestigious awards in recognition of his achievements, including the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Career Achievement, and the Silver Medal for Living Now Book Awards for Vital Healing. In 2015, he served as co-chair for the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback.
In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Hall has authored and contributed to a large number of books and peer-reviewed scientific journals, focusing on integrative medicine, Sufism practices, Sufi rapid wound healing in traditional medicine, and hypnosis. Dr. Hall has also presented and organized workshops at scientific conferences around the world, including most recently Prometera International, where he was invited to meet with and share demonstrations from Middle Eastern Kasnazan healing techniques with traditional African healers.
When asked about the secret of his success, Dr. Hall stresses the importance of integrative thinking combined with taking risks, which leads to the ability to see the whole picture and take on new emerging trends. Applying this belief to his professional career allows Dr. Hall to further integrative healthcare, and successfully combine the science of traditional medicine with the process of consciousness and spirituality.
In his spare time, Dr. Hall enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Jeanie Hall, and his two daughters, Ilea and Karelle. His hobbies include playing jazz piano and tennis.
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