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Kenneth Cavanaugh

Kenneth Cavanaugh
  • Emeritus Professor
  • Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy

Education

  • PhD, University of Washington (Economics)
  • MA, Stanford University, Graduate School of Education (Education)
  • MPA (Master of Public Affairs), Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • AB, Yale University (cum laude)

Professional Experience

  • 2012–Present: Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, College of Business Administration, Maharishi University of Management; Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, Maharishi University of Management
  • 2000–2011: Professor of Applied Statistics, Department of Business Administration, Maharishi University of Management
  • 1993–2000 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, School of Business and Public Administration, Maharishi University of Management
  • 1983–1992 Associate Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Assistant Professor of Economics and Statistics, School of Business and Public Administration, Maharishi University of Management (formerly Maharishi International University)
  • 1979–1982 Teaching Assistant (with duties of Instructor), Department of Economics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • 1973–1975 Special Assistant to the President, Acting University Secretary, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Maharishi International University
  • 1972-1973 Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
  • 1969–1972 Regional Director of Admissions, Princeton University

Current Research Interests

The impact of the group practice of the Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi program on world peace and societal wellbeing.

Selected Publications

  • Gelderloos, P., Cavanaugh K. L., Frid, M. J., & Xiaoping Xue. (2019). Warming U.S.-Soviet Relations during the Cold War as measured by U.S. presidential statements: Impact of the group practice of the Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi program. Journal of Maharishi Vedic Research Institute, 9, 93-134.
  • Cavanaugh K.L., Gelderloos, P., Dillbeck M. C. (2018). Group practice of the Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi program and improved U.S.-Soviet relations. Journal of Maharishi Vedic Research Institute, 8, 125-164.
  • Cavanaugh, K. L., & Dillbeck, M. C. (2017a). The contribution of proposed field effects of consciousness to the prevention ofU.S. accidental fatalities: Theory and empirical tests. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 24(1–2), 53–86.
  • Cavanaugh, K. L, & Dillbeck, M. C. (2017b). Field effects of consciousness and reduction in U.S. urban murder rates: Evaluation of a prospective quasi-experiment. Journal of Health and Environmental Research, 3(3–1), 32–43.
  • Dillbeck, M. C., & Cavanaugh K. L. (2017). Group practice of the Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi ® program and reductions in infant mortality and drug-related death: A quasi-experimental analysis. SAGE Open, 7(1), 1–16.
  • Hatchard, G., & Cavanaugh, K. L. (2017). The effect of coherent collective consciousness on national quality of life and economic performance indicators—An analysis of the IMD index of national competitive advantage. Journal of Health and Environmental Research, 3(3–1), 16–31.
  • Dillbeck, M. C., & Cavanaugh K. L. (2016). Societal violence and collective consciousness: Reduction of U.S. homicide and urban violent crime rates. SAGE Open, 6(2), 1–16.
  • Gelderloos, P., Cavanaugh, K.L., & Davies, J.L. (2011). The dynamics of U.S.-Soviet relations, 1979-1986: Effects of reducing social stress through the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program. In R. Goodman (Ed.), Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace (pp. 351-393). Fairfield, IA: Maharishi University of Management Press.
  • Orme-Johnson, D.W., Cavanaugh, K.L., Alexander, C.N., Gelderloos, P., Dillbeck, M.C., Lanford, A.G., & Abou Nader, T.M. (2011). The influence of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field on world events and global indicators: The effects of the Taste of Utopia Assembly. In R. Goodman (Ed.), Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Fairfield, IA: Maharishi University of Management Press.
  • Boman, B.M., Fields, J.Z., Cavanaugh, K.L., Guetter, A., & Runquist, O.A. (2008). How disregulated colon crypt dynamics cause stem cell overpopulation and initiate colon cancer. Cancer Research 68(9), 3304-3313.
  • Walton K.G., Cavanaugh K.L., & Pugh N.D. (2005). Effect of group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program on biochemical indicators of stress in non-meditators: A prospective time series study. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 17, 339-373.
  • Herron R.E., & Cavanaugh, K.L. (2005). Can the Transcendental Meditation program reduce the medical expenditures of older people? A longitudinal cost-reduction study in Canada. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 17, 415-442.
  • Rainforth, M.V., Alexander, C.N., & Cavanaugh, K.L. (2003). Effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on recidivism among former inmates of Folsom Prison: Survival Analysis of 15-year follow-up data, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 36(1-4), 181-203. Co-published in In C.N. Alexander, K.G. Walton, D.W. Orme-Johnson, R.S. Goodman, N.J. Pallone (Eds.) Transcendental Meditation in Criminal Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention. New York: Haworth Press (pp. 181-203).
  • Hagelin, J.S., Rainforth, M.V., Orme-Johnson, D.W., Cavanaugh, K.L., Alexander, C.N., Shatkin, S.F., Davies, J.L.,Hughes, A.O., & Ross, E. (1999). Effects of the group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program on preventing violent crime in Washington, D.C.: Results of the national demonstration project, June-July 1993. Social Indicators Research 47, 153-201.
  • Hatchard, G., Deans, A., Cavanaugh, K.L., & Orme-Johnson, D.W. (1996). The Maharishi Effect, a model for social improvement: Time series analysis of a phase transition to reduced crime in Merseyside metropolitan area. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 2(3), 165-174.
  • Cavanaugh, K.L. (1992). Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology: Promoting economic development and world peace. Modern Science and Vedic Science, 5, 172-181.
  • Cavanaugh, K.L., King, K.D., & Titus, B.D. (1990). Improving the national economy through alliance with nature’s government: Effects of the group practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program. Modern Science and Vedic Science, 4(1), 2-40.
  • Schneider, R.H., Cavanaugh, K.L., Kasture, H.S., Rothenberg, S., Averbach, R., Robinson, D., & Wallace, R.K. (1990). Health promotion with a traditional system of natural health care: Maharishi Ayur-Veda. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 5(3), 1-27.
  • Gelderloos, P., Cavanaugh, K.L., & Davies, J.L. (1990). A simultaneous transfer function model of U.S.-Soviet relations: A test of the Maharishi Effect. Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Social Statistics Section (pp. 297-302). Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association. Cavanaugh, K.L., King, K.D., & Ertuna, C. (1989). A multiple-input transfer function model of Okun’s misery index: An empirical test of the Maharishi Effect. In Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Business and Economic Statistics Section (pp. 565-570). Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association.
  • Cavanaugh, K.L., King, K.D., & Titus, B.D. (1989). Consciousness and the quality of economic life: Empirical research on the macroeconomic effects of the collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program. In R. G. Greenwood (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1989 Conference of the Midwest Management Society (pp. 183-190). Chicago: Midwest Business Association.
  • Alexander, C.N., Abou Nader, T.M., Cavanaugh, K.L., Davies, J.D., Dillbeck, M.C., Kfoury, R.J., & Orme-Johnson, D.W. (1989). Effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field on the war in Lebanon: A time series analysis of the influence of international and national coherence creating assemblies. In R. Chalmers, G. Clements, H. Schenkluhn, and M. Weinless (Eds.), Scientific research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme: Collected papers, volume 4 (pp. 2687-2714). Vlodrop, Netherlands: Maharishi Vedic University Press.
  • Dillbeck, M.C., Cavanaugh, K.L., & van den Berg, W.P. (1989). The effect of the group dynamics of consciousness on society: Reduced crime in the Union Territory of Delhi, India. In R. Chalmers, G. Clements, H. Schenkluhn, & M. Weinless (Eds.), Scientific research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme: Collected papers, volume 4 (pp. 2583-2588). Vlodrop, Netherlands: Maharishi Vedic University Press.
  • Cavanaugh, K.L., & King, K.D. (1988). Simultaneous transfer function analysis of Okun’s Misery Index: Improvements in the economic quality of life through Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology of Consciousness. In Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Business and Economic Statistics Section, 491-496. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association.
  • Dillbeck, M.C., Cavanaugh, K.L., Glenn, T., Orme-Johnson, D.W., & Mittlefeldt, V. (1987) Consciousness as a Field: The Transcendental Meditation program and changes in social indicators. The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 8, 67-104.
  • Cavanaugh, K.L. (1987). Time series analysis of U.S. and Canadian inflation and unemployment: A test of a field-theoretic hypothesis. In Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Business and Economic Statistics Section (pp. 799-804). Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association.
  • Cavanaugh, K. L. (1987). Price dynamics in foreign currency futures markets. Journal of International Money and Finance, 6, 295-314. Larimore, W.E., & Cavanaugh, K.L. (1986). A canonical variate approach to the analysis of causality and feedback in multiple time series. In Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Business and Economic Statistics Section (pp. 484-489). Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association.