She has published 198 articles in international journals. She also has written 7 books and 17 chapters in books. Shirley is a highly sought after speaker at national and international conferences. She is a reviewer for 16 international and 4 Indian national journals.
Shirley is co-editor of the books – The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care and Handbook of Research on Evidence-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga and Its Applications (Advances in Medical Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care).
Shirley is the Director of Research at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Hardwar, India, and Head, Indian Council of Medical Research Center for Advanced Research in Yoga and Neurophysiology at Bangalore, a federal research centre of excellence.
She has a PhD in Neurophysiology and a medical degree and has been the recipient of many awards, including from the John Templeton Foundation USA, for an essay on “Neurophysiology of Mental Emancipation” and a Fulbright Fellowship to study “Functional magnetic resonance imaging in meditators” at the Dept. of Radiology, University of Florida.
Shirley is an active yoga practitioner and believes that yoga practice positively impacts all dimensions of life. She has been invited to speak to the Dalai Lama on Yoga. Shirley is an engaging, knowledgeable and interesting presenter. She has run many workshops for Yoga Therapy Institute audiences and has developed her own Australian ‘fan club.’