Research Interests & Publications

Louise Mahoney MS, RYT-500, C-IAYT
Meditation and Yoga Research, War Related Illness & Injury Study Center (WRIISC) Yoga Wellness Program, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Research Interests

Ms. Mahoney is an IAYT certified yoga therapist and iRest™ Level 2 Instructor.  She develops yoga therapy protocols for research projects exploring yoga as treatment for chronic conditions in Veterans and civilians. Ms. Mahoney obtained her BA at UC Berkeley and a Master of Science in molecular and developmental genetics from UC Davis.  She studied computer science while working as a research associate in medical genetics at UCLA and worked as a computer programmer in corporate and academic institutions, programming the first official website for Cal State Long Beach. 

Ms. Mahoney brought her skills in science and web programming to the VA in 1998 to develop educational programs and products for providers and Veterans. In 2010 she founded the clinical yoga program at the VA Palo Alto as a pilot research project and continues to contribute to the program by leading a weekly iRest™ meditation class for Veterans by phone.  She began collaborating with Dr. Bayley in 2012 and is a coinvestigator in the lab’s first funded yoga research grant.  She is grateful for the opportunity to work as part of a dedicated research team applying yogic tools to improve the quality of life of individuals with chronic health conditions.


Psychological Services

Avery T, Schulz-Heik R, Friedman M, Mahoney L, Ahmed N, Bayley P. (2020). Clinical yoga program utilization in a large health care system. Psychological Services. 10.1037/ser0000420. 

Global Advances in Health and Medicine

Mathersul D, Mahoney L, Bayley P. (2018). Tele-yoga for Chronic Pain: Current Status and Future Directions. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 7. 216495611876601. 10.1177/2164956118766011. 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Schulz-Heik R, Meyer H, Mahoney L, StantonM, Cho R, Moore-Downing D, Avery T, Lazzeroni L, Varni J, Collery L, Bayley P. (2017). Results from a clinical yoga program for veterans: Yoga via telehealth provides comparable satisfaction and health improvements to in-person yoga. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 17. 10.1186/s12906-017-1705-4.