How can the WAVE process empower you to live the life you long for?

Phase 1 – 1987-Current
● In 1987, as Meg began her Master’s and Doctoral program and is continuing research today in their non-profit i.b.mee.
● Studies included: attribution motivation experiments with athletes, social learning theory concepts with college students, motor learning theories with college students in a motor learning lab, an effective teaching and coaching study with college football coaches and its application to effective classroom teaching (dissertation), increasing resiliency in kids and parents at home and in school.
● Increasing resiliency in kids, teachers, and parents has been taking place in our own “learning labs” in schools both private and public, where we get to practice the evidence-informed Empowered PartnershipTM concepts and practices with parents, students and teachers of all ages.
● Kim has coached adults since 2006 and has done informal life coaching research on how each client changes using the WAVE Process in two things: (1) confidence in moving through the current challenge and (2) level of stress, before and after the coaching session. In every coaching session, the client improved in both from 25.75% up to 75%.
Phase 2 – 2013 -Current
● Life Coaching Training Studies include:
(1) Case Studies on traumatized children (with low executive functioning skills), and
(2) Case Studies with teachers
(3) A Long-Term Qualitative Study – Answering the research question, “What does it takes to create a highly empowered environment where everyone thrives”.
Some of the References Used to create WAVE Institute and our Programs
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Bodrova, E. & Leong, D. (2006). Self-regulation as a key to school readiness: How early childhood teachers can promote this critical competency. Baltimore, MD:

Brookes. Brackett, M. A., Palomera, R., Mojsa, J., Reyes, M., & Salovey, P. (2010). Emotion regulation ability, job satisfaction, and burnout among British secondary school teachers. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 406-417.

Brown, B. (1999). Searching for a theory: The journey from explanation to revolution. Families in Society, 80 (4), 359-366.

Brown, B. (2009). Connections: A 12 Session Psycho-educational Shame Resilience Curriculum. Center City: Hazelden

Brown, B. (2007). Shame Resilience Theory. In S.P.Robbins, P.Chatterjee & E.R.Canda (Eds.), Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (Rev. ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Brown, Brene Ph.D, L.M.S.W. (2010-09-20). The Gifts of Imperfection. Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Hazelden. Kindle Edition. Center
City, Minnesota 55012

Carlock, R. (2011). Executive functions: A review of the literature to inform practice and policy. Cambridge, MA: The Harvard Center on the Developing Child.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990) FLOW: The psychology of Optimal Experience; Harper
Perennial: New York, NY.

Dunn, Halpert (1971) High Level Wellness, Beatty Pub. VA, p. 4.

Dweck, Carol (2006) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success; Random House: NY
Hargreaves, Andy, and Dean Fink (2006) Sustainable Leadership; John Wiley and Sons: San Francisco, CA.

Gardner, Howard (1991) The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools should Teach. Basic Books: New York, NY.
Gray, Peter (2013) Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children
Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Basic Books; New York, NY.

Hargreaves, Andy; Fink, Dean (2006) Sustainable Leadership; Wiley & Sons, Inc. San Francisco, CA.

Kohn, Alfie (1999). “The Schools our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and Tougher Standards”. Houghton Mifflin Company: New York, NY.

Kohn, Alfie (September 1993). Choices for Children: Why and How to Let Students Decide; PHI DELTA KAPPAN

Leonard, Annie (2009) The Story of Stuff Video

Story of Stuff

Lipton, Bruce (2008) Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles; Hay House: US

Marmot, Sir Michael, (2004) The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity.

Mate, G. M.S. (2003) When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection. John Wiley & Sons Inc.: Hoboken NJ.

Murray, M.D., Christopher, & Frenk. M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., (2010);
Ranking 37th — Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System. N Engl J Med. 362:98-99 January 14, 2010.

RJW Foundation’s Research Brief (March 2011) How Social Factors Shape Health: The Role of Stress

RWJ Foundation (3-2011) What Shapes Health?

Robinson, Sir Ken (1-29-09) Ted Talks: Do Schools Destroy Creativity?

Siegel, M.D. Dan and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed (2004) Parenting from the Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive; Penguin: NY

“The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress” by Jack P. Shonkoff ( PEDIATRICS Vol. 129 No. 1 January 1, 2012

“An Integrated Scientific Framework for Child Survival and Early Childhood Development” by Jack P. Shonkoff (

“Leveraging the biology of adversity to address the roots of disparities in health and development” by Jack P. Shonkoff (

“Interventions to Improve Cortisol Regulation in Children: A Systematic Review” by Jack P. Shonkoff ( ***Cortisol was mentioned in the documentary

“Does Hugging Provide Stress-Buffering Social Support? A Study of Susceptibility to Upper Respiratory Infection and Illness” by Dr. Sheldon Cohen (

Scheff, Thomas J; Shame and the Social Bond: A Sociological Theory
Torres, Adam; & Pritchard, M. (2005) The Effects of Perceived Control over Distress on Health, Boise State University.

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (2009) – Episode 1, California Newsreel with Vital Pictures.

Weber, Karl (editor). (2010) Waiting for Superman, How we can save America’ Failing Public Schools. Public Affairs, NY

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