Leland van den Daele, PhD, ABPP, graduated from Purdue University with specialties in child development and clinical psychology. Dr. van den Daele was a David Ross Fellow; National Institute of Mental Health Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow; and Fellow with the International Institute of Humanistic Studies. He has served on the faculties of University of Illinois, Rutgers University, Columbia University, and the California School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. van den Daele is certified to practice psychoanalysis by the American Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City. At the Karen Horney Institute, he served as supervising psychoanalyst in the Program in Psychotherapy, chair of the Committee on Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and taught Institute courses at the New School for Social Research. He served as councilor to the Association for Advancement of Psychoanalysis and practiced full-time as a psychoanalyst.
Dr. van den Daele is a current fellow, Academy of Clinical Psychology, and diplomate in clinical psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis and research director at Psychodiagnostics, Inc. In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. van den Daele is a certified yoga instructor and a former resident of the Zen Center in San Francisco.
Dr. van den Daele is the author of the Music Apperception Test and conducts current research in the United States and South Africa. He and his students have employed the test to examine the effects of different forms of meditation, modern dancing, and life experience on creative imagination, personality, and adjustment.
With more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and three books, Dr. van den Daele conducts research on child and adolescent development, moral judgment and values, dreams and fantasy, music, emotion, and cognitive processes.