Academic Research

Academic research page updated 06-13-2018. By Lucrezia Mangione, LCPC, NCC, BC-TMH, DCEP.

Academic research

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”   Isaac Newton

This academic research page has articles on topics related to holistic therapy and counseling found here at Handcrafted Health. Topics like:

  • mental health wellness
  • sensory processing sensitivity (SPS)
  • Energy Psychology (EP)
  • Healing Touch (HT)

These articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals. They were researched and written by academics and experts using scientific and ethical methods.  They are a type of story.  Stories by people who build on the knowledge gained from previous research so we all can learn together.

You’ll find citations on this page. Use the citation to search the web for the abstract. The abstract gives the main details of the article.

Would you like a full copy of an article? There are potential ways to get it. Learn how to do that on my health wellness articles page.

Academic research articles
by Lucrezia Mangione and her collaborators

I’ve been involved with complementary and integrative medicine and health for over 20 years.  Healing Touch is one of them.  Here are some recent articles that my collaborators and I have written together.

In the following article I was lead author.  It’s not a study. It’s a review of all articles written between 2013-2016. It explores studies related to the effects of Healing Touch and Reiki on mental health wellness.  It won an award in December 2017 from the Journal of Mental Health Nursing. That full-text article is currently available at no charge here.

Mental Health Wellness and Biofield Therapies: An Integrative Review
Lucrezia Mangione, Diane Swengros & Joel G. Anderson (2017) Mental Health Wellness and Biofield Therapies: An Integrative Review, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38:11, 930-944, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1364808

The following academic research articles reflect some recent research using Healing Touch. The people involved in these studies were patients staying in hospitals.  Nurses who were taught Healing Touch and trained as HT practitioners by me were the providers in these studies.  I was also a part of the inter-professional research team for each study.  My main job was creating the Healing Touch protocols that were used in support of these specific patient populations.

Examination of the use of Healing Touch by registered nurses in the acute care setting. Anderson JG, Friesen MA, Swengros D, Herbst A, Mangione L. (2017) Examination of the use of Healing Touch by registered nurses in the acute care setting. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 35(1):97-107. doi: 10.1177/0898010116644834. Epub 2016 Jul 8.

The Effects of Healing Touch on pain, Nausea and anxiety following Bariatric Surgery: A Pilot Study. Anderson, J. G., Suchicital, L., Lang, M., Kukic, A., Mangione, L., Swengros, D., Fabian, J., & Friesen, M. A. (2015). The effects of Healing Touch on pain, nausea, and anxiety following bariatric surgery: a pilot study. Explore.

Examination of the Perceptions of Registered Nurses Regarding the Use of Healing Touch in the Acute Care Setting. Anderson, J. G., Friesen, M., Fabian, J., Swengros, D., Herbst, A., & Mangione, L. (2016). Examination of the perceptions of registered nurses regarding the use of Healing Touch in the acute care setting. Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of The American Holistic Nurses' Association, 34(2), 167-176. doi: 10.1177/0898010115592744

Promoting Caring-Healing Relationships: Bringing Healing Touch to the bedside in a multi-hospital system. Swengros, D., Herbst, A. M., Friesen, M. A., Mangione, L., & Anderson, J. G. (2014). Promoting caring-healing relationships: bringing Healing Touch to the bedside in a multihospital health system. Holistic nursing practice, 28(6), 370-375. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000051


Research articles by Dr. Elaine Aron and her collaborators on sensory processing sensitivity

A highly sensitive person is an individual with a biological trait called sensory processing sensitivity or SPS.  It is not a disorder. It is not sensory integration or sensory processing disorder.  In fact, it occurs in about 20% of all species on the planet, including humans, making it ordinary. It’s a normal biological trait like the color of your eyes.

I specialize in holistic therapy and counseling for the highly sensitive person. You may find these links to the excellent research about SPS useful. They’re written by Dr. Elaine Aron. She’s the researcher who discovered SPS.

Here's the link to summaries of her academic research. They are fabulous. They’re to the point and very easy to read. They’re written by Dr. Aron, herself on:

  • the Highly Sensitive Person and what sensory processing sensitivity is
  • the Highly Sensitive Person In Love
  • the Highly Sensitive Child
  • the Highly Sensitive Child

Here’s a link to no-cost, full text copies of published articles about sensory processing sensitivity by Dr. Aron and her collaborators.


Energy Psychology and Emotional Freedom Technique

Energy psychology or EP and Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT are also a part of the holistic therapy and counseling offered here at Handcrafted Health.  There’s a fair amount of research about these methods.

Here’s an excellent pdf download about the Energy psychology (EP) research hierarchy of evidence.  This provides you with a complete list of studies and their summaries.  You’ll also find some links to articles or abstracts.  Studies listed here include EFT, EP and more.


A word about research and Lucrezia Mangione

Academic research helps me keep current. I use it to educate myself and to share with patients and colleagues.  I explore topics that help in my work as a professional counselor, holistic therapist and educator.

I love research even more since I’ve been a part of it. It started in graduate school where I studied sensory processing sensitivity (SPS).  In 2012, I became a part of an inter-disciplinary team as a sub-investigator and content expert. It continues to be very rewarding.

Hello. This is Lucrezia Mangione. My goal is to provide helpful information related to the work here at Handcrafted Health.  If you found errors or think something could be added to this page to make it more useful, drop us your feedback in an email.

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Lucrezia Mangione is in private practice. She is a board certified licensed professional counselor, board certified telemental health provider, counselor supervisor and educator, and nurse wellness education consultant. View her profile.