Peter Bayley, Ph.D.

peter-bayleyPeter Bayley, Ph.D.

Dr. Bayley is a neuroscientist at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) at VA Palo Alto. He has a research background in basic neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience, and his research interests span the fields of rehabilitation, cognitive disorders, and neuroimaging. He performed graduate research at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he studied cognitive disorders in patients with dementia and completed his postdoctoral training at UCSD in the study of learning and memory in patients with brain lesions.

His current research interests include rehabilitation treatments for chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using interventions such as yoga and meditation. He takes a cognitive neuroscience perspective to investigate these interventions to explore their mechanisms of action and how they relate to both mental and physiological functioning. His research involves several clinical trials that incorporate concepts from cognitive neuroscience which probe a range of functions including memory consolidation, autonomic nervous system activity, and cognitive performance. He also has an interest in early detection of dementia and is a member of the Memory Screening Advisory Board for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

His lab is participating in the development of innovative treatments and novel approaches to healthcare. Most recently at the VA Palo Alto, he is the PI on a PAVIR-administered clinical trial investigating yoga as novel pain treatment for Veterans with Gulf War Illness. LEARN MORE >