IHPC Senior Advisor
Dr. Janet Kahn, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont (UVM), is a massage therapist, and a medical sociologist. Dr. Kahn is also the Director of Integrated Health Care at the Community Health Center of Burlington, a federally-qualified health center. She has been a co-investigator on a many massage-related studies with partners at Group Health Center for Health Studies, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Collinge and Associates. Dr. Kahn served the American Massage Therapy Association Foundation as vice-president for grants from 1993-1996 and as President from 1996-2000, working to increase awareness among massage therapists of the importance of research to advancing their profession. From 2003-2008 she pursued the same goal as Director of Research for the Massage Therapy Research Consortium (MTRC), a collaborative of leading massage schools building their research capacity. Dr. Kahn's clinical practice focuses of treating people living with chronic pain, as well as people in trauma recovery. In 2008, with William Collinge, Kahn won two Telly Awards for the DVD Touch, Caring and Cancer. As President of Peace Village Projects she traveled to the Middle East during the 1990's, treating children recovering from war trauma and training local day care workers in hands-on trauma recovery methods. Dr. Kahn holds a BA in Psychology from Antioch College, an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brandeis University. She received her training in therapeutic massage from the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe, and from Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC. She was a member of NIH's National Advisory Council on Complementary and Alternative Medicine from 1999-2003. In 2004, she served as a member of the Workgroup on Manual and Manipulative Therapies as part of the process of creating NCCAM's second five-year Strategic Plan. She was a member of the Steering Committee that initiated the National Policy Dialogue to Advance Integrated Care: Finding Common Ground. Janet lives in Burlington, Vermont, where she enjoys clean air, mountain views and sailing on Lake Champlain.