Jim Hopper, Ph.D.

Welcome to my website.

I have several pages about child abuse – how prevalent it is, its potential effects, where to learn more and, if you're looking, how to find help for yourself or someone you care about.

I also have a page on mindfulness and kindness as inner resources that anyone, including those abused as children, can cultivate to reduce their suffering and increase their freedom and happiness.

My goal is to provide scholarly knowledge and resources, in ways accessible to any interested and motivated person – young or old, highly educated or not.

In May of 2016 I will (finally) launch a new, state-of-the-art and more extensive website.

I am a clinical psychologist (Ph.D.) who, as a researcher and therapist, has studied and provided therapy to adults suffering from long-term effects of child abuse and sexual assault. I have expertise in several related areas, including the unique experiences and needs of men, the brain bases of emotion regulation problems, and how mindfulness and meditation can benefit therapists and their clients.

I am an independent consultant and trainer in several areas (e.g., forensic, workshops, webinars, see Professional Services), and Teaching Associate of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School.

I was a founding board member of 1in6, a nonprofit devoted to helping men who've had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences as boys live happier, healthier lives; I authored the pages of 1in6.org from 2008 through 2011. I have served (2010-2014) on the board of directors of Stop It Now!, a nonprofit that prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.

In recent years my consultation and training work has largely focused on sexual assault, especially "the neurobiology of trauma" (e.g., see this Washington Post op ed and this YouTube video).

Main Pages on This Site

Child Abuse: Statistics, Research, and Resources
        This popular page (over 400,000 visitors a year) has information on child abuse statistics in the United States and other English-speaking countries, and provides tools for thinking critically about such statistics and the potential effects of child abuse. Other major topics covered include stages of healing and treatment; how to find help; and how to be helpful to a spouse, partner or friend who is struggling with the effects of child abuse.

Mindfulness and Kindness: Inner Sources of Freedom and Happiness
        Explains what mindfulness is, how it can help people struggling with pain and suffering in their daily lives and relationships, and how one goes about cultivating greater mindfulness. It provides exercises, reading suggestions, and pointers to a variety of other resources.

Sexual Abuse of Males: Statistics, Lasting Effects, and Resources
        Information and resources on an issue largely ignored in cultures around the world: the sexual abuse of boys and its potential lasting effects in the lives of men.

Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse: Scientific Research & Scholarly Resources
        Addresses the controversial issue of forgetting and remembering experiences of child abuse, which has been terribly misrepresented by most journalists and popular media.

Professional Services
        Information on my forensic services, workshops, webinars, talks, and clinical consultations. Also see The Neuroscience of Buddhism and Yoga: Harnessing the Brain for Healing and Happiness, for information about an annual 5-day training that I offer with my colleague David Schouela.

Peer-Reviewed Publications
        This page has most of my publications in scholarly journals, which primarily address the biology of emotion regulation problems in PTSD and the nature of traumatic memories.

Recent Co-edited Book

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