Dr. Barnes has a Ph.D. in physiology and is currently an assistant professor in Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia at our Georgia Regents University. His research examines factors related to primary prevention of cardiovascular disease which benefit overall health and well-being, evaluating of the effectiveness of stress reduction techniques (such as meditation) in treatment of elevated blood pressure and associated pre-clinical markers of cardiovascular disease in youth by measuring hemodynamic and psychophysiological changes that take place as a result of the behavioral interventions. He has 41 peer-reviewed publications. 16 of these papers present results from randomized clinical trials. Dr Barnes has had 15 years of experience conducting meditation, stress reduction and health education interventions in Augusta. Dr. Barnes has 39 years of international experience in conducting a variety of stress reduction techniques in youth and adults.