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TESP - an Alternative Sentencing Program
that Utilized the Transcendental Stress Management
 Program for Offender Rehabilitation


John Sterling, Ph. D. in Experimental

Ongoing Research on Participants of the TESP program

All participants of The Enlightened Sentencing Project were tested pre and post-program.  The tests used were standard psychological tests.  The research was  initiated by Mark Hawkins, Ph.D., on the first 45 probationers graduating from the TESP program (see below) and continued by John Sterling, Ph.D. on an additional 59 participants.  Dr Sterling was a Founding Director of The Enlightened Sentencing Project, a TESP Teaching Assistant and Yoga Instructor for TESP clients. 

Dr Sterling prepared a Power Point Slide Presentation on the 59 participants he studied in The Enlightened Sentencing Project.  Results indicated a significant decrease in Impulsivity, Aggressiveness and Feelings of Control. 

Here is the Power Point Slide Presentation by Dr Sterling, presented at the TESP Eighth Graduation on August 29, 2005.




Preliminary Results of First TESP Research (Fall 2001)
Mark Hawkins, Ph.D, former Psychologist of the Psychology Department of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, made a Power Point Presentation at the 5th TESP Graduation in Fall 2001, on Preliminary Results of Research Indicating Positive Psychological Development in 45 Probationers Completing the Course with The Enlightened Sentencing Project.   Preliminary indications were decreased hostility and decreased aggressive behavior in the subjects studied. 
Dr Hawkins' article on the first research on TESP clients was presented in Maharishi University of Management's "The Review" of October 31, 2001, under the heading "Faculty Member Researches Enlightened Sentencing Project".

Mark Hawkins, Ph.D, former Psychologist of the Dept of Psychology,
Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa
gives Preliminary Results of Research on first 45 TESP graduates
at the 5th TESP Graduation in Fall 2001













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