Poppy Schoenberg, PhD

Assistant Professor
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Senior Staff Scientist
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Office Address
Osher Center
3401 West End Avenue
Suite 300

Dr. Poppy Schoenberg completed her PhD in Neuropsychiatry & Neurophysiology at King’s College London in the UK. She initially worked in phenotypic marker research within the Departments of Psychological Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry at KCL. She moved to Radboud University in the Netherlands funded by a BrainGain grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Dr. Schoenberg developed and ran the neurophysiology program at Radboud from 2010-2015 concurrently leading pioneering research into mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for adult ADHD and depression. In 2014, she forged alliances with the Mind and Life Institute (MLI), co-founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and was funded an MLI Young Visiting Scholar award to sojourn at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Through this collaborative she created a long-awaited opportunity to move her research base to the USA, initially at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMASS), Center for Mindfulness (CFN). During this time she designed and led novel research examining neural substrates of meditation per the Indo-Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen lineages, in addition to becoming a qualified MBSR instructor. Since joining the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, she has built from the ground up the EEG infrastructure, and leads the Neurophysiology Research Program (NRP) that spearheads innovative clinical research aiming to identify biological mechanisms of MBIs for depression/anxiety, dissociation, chronic systemic symptoms and pain. Dr. Schoenberg is excited to pursue aspirations to extend mindfulness treatments for patient populations with significant symptom burden and expand research methodologies within PM&R, a department comprised of talented physician scientists and cutting edge clinical applications. Dr. Schoenberg is honored to be a part of the collegiate ethos, stellar research, and gold-standard practices, of Vanderbilt.