Dr. Marc Schoen has specialized in Mind-Body Medicine for over 25 years.  He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine where he specializes in Boosting Performance and Decision Making Under Pressure and Mind-Body Medicine. He works extensively with elite athletes, professional and college, as well as, executives and UCLA medical students in strengthening their ability to thrive under pressure, and in competitive and uncomfortable conditions. His method of Discomfort Training and Pilates for the Brain builds hardiness and resilience, by rewiring the fear region of the brain which is responsible for Performance Under Pressure.


In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Schoen’s Discomfort Training and fear-busting techniques helped catapult UCLA Men's Water Polo team to two consecutive NCAA national championships.  He also trained the UCLA Womens Basketball team, who for the first time in 17 years, reached the NCAA sweet 16 playoffs 2016.


 He is the author of Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You which was released in 2013, and a second time in 2014, by Hudson Street Press, a division of Penguin/Random House. This pioneering and highly reviewed book delves into how our most basic instinct, which was at the heart of survival in earlier times, is now placing us in harm’s way.


Dr. Schoen is also the author of When Relaxation Is Hazardous to Your Health, the groundbreaking book on Post-Stress Illness or why we manage to remain healthy during periods of stress only to become sick once the stress is over, such as on vacations, weekends, or the completion of a project.


Dr. Schoen has a particular expertise in Hypnosis, and has developed a method which he calls Hypno-Conditioning, which combines two proven methods, Hypnosis and Conditioning, for retraining the brain and body. After extensive clinical research and study, he discovered it to be particularly effective in Boosting Performance and Decision Making Under Pressure , Performance and Test Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and other Phobias. Hypno-Conditioning is also effective in treating or resolving many health conditions, such as Sleep Disturbance, Headaches, Pain, Stress, Irritable Bowel, Colitis, Arthritis, Allergies, Post-Surgical Recovery, and Skin Disorders.


Dr. Schoen was one of the first to examine how the mind and body can be retrained to reduce the inflammatory response. Reducing the inflammatory response remains a strong area of interest and study for Dr. Schoen, and he treats many patients with inflammatory conditions.


His work has been featured extensively on television, radio, and in magazines and newspapers, in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Scientific American, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, Success Magazine, INC., WebMD, Fortune Magazine, Bottom Line, Health, Natural Health, Prevention, Yoga Journal, and many others.



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Dr. Schoen provides consultations, lectures, workshops, and training in Resilience, as well as,


Performance and Decision Making Under Pressure.


Marc Schoen, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

UCLA Geffen School of Medicine


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