Benjamin R. Tong, Ph.D, graduated from California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University / CSPP, San Francisco), with specialties in clinical and community psychology. He is emeritus faculty in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University. He has also served on the faculties of U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Berkeley, Sophia University, the Wright Institute and his alma mater, CSPP. Dr. Tong directs a school of Classical Yang Tai Ch'i Ch'uan, Ch'i Gung and Taoist studies. He is a member of the steering committee of the International Karen Horney Society which has translated the works of K. Horney into Chinese and Russian.
He is a recent recipient of the Lotus Flower Award (Healing Journey Professional Facilitator) by Donaldina Cameron House, a Presbyterian neighborhood social services agency (San Francisco), in acknowledgement of his trauma resolution work with adult survivors of clergy sexual abuse.
He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Tropical Psychology as well as executive director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Research, a nonprofit organization with the mission of validating and enhancing the work of indigenous healers.
Dr. Tong maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and organizational consultation. Dr. Tong's areas of clinical and scholarly interest include cross-cultural issues, critical social analysis, chaos theory, systemic/strategic approaches, existential neopsychoanalytic psychotherapy therapy, stress and trauma, and mind-body health and healing. His current research interests include the relevance of different varieties of Ch'i Gung for mental health work and the integration of Tai Chi Chuan with Alexander Technique work.