East-West Psychology

EWP Students and Alums

Students and Alums

East-West Psychology students and alums teach nationally and internationally at many educational institutions, publish their work in many scholarly journals and publishing houses, and succeed in a diversity of career pathways. To learn more, see:

East-West Psychology alum and student teaching positions

East-West Psychology alum and student publications

East-West Psychology alum professional successes

Please see below for East-West Psychology student and alum profiles.

STUDENT PROFILES

Angela 'Mictlanxochitl' Anderson Guerrero, Ph.D. student, M.A., is an artist whose doctoral studies are a response to her experience in research, policy, and service to the community in the United States and abroad. Both her art and her studies are an extension of her spiritual work in the tradition of the Mexicayotl, a spiritual practice extending from her ancestors in Mexico. She is a member of the Kalpulli Teokalli Teoyolotl. She received an M.A. in public policy and a certificate in health administration and policy from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Public Policy, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Jacquelyn (Jackie) Galbreath, Ph.D. candidate, has an M.A. in counseling psychology, is a licensed M.F.T., and has worked in the field of social services for approximately 20 years. She currently works at HOPE Rehabilitation Services for the Disabled as the Clients' Rights Advocate headquartered in San Jose, Calif. HOPE provides advocacy services for a client base of 3,000 throughout many counties in Northern California to help them receive services from our agency and surrounding communities. Services include community living, employment, counseling, and a host of other programs. Jacquelyn wants to use her doctorate to advance her career in the field as well as to pursue a career in writing.

 

 

Silvia MacAllister, M.A., L.M.F.T., is currently attending CIIS to receive a certificate in Spiritual Counseling. Silvia is a psychotherapist with a private practice in downtown San Francisco. Having worked for many years with incarcerated clients, Silvia's passion lies in helping her clients to heal their anger issues from a holistic and spiritual angle.

 

Diane Martin, Ph.D. candidate, is a professional educator and counselor certified in thanatology: death, dying and bereavement, and is currently working with KARA grief support and education in Palo Alto supporting their youth service program. She was recently invited by the national Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) to participate in a poster presentation and discussion of her research at their 32nd Annual Conference, "Dying, Death and Bereavement: It's all About the Stories," April 9 in Kansas City, Mo. Diane's presentation was titled "Myth and Mourning: A Healing Journey to the Archetypal Mother," and presented an alternative theory of loss and bereavement that synthesizes analytic psychology and current models of grief, as well as proposed expressive arts ad narrative therapy for creating and restoring a "self-narrative" of meaning in loss.

Monica Mody, Ph.D. student, holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Laws from the National Law School of India University. Her first book of cross-genre writing,KALA PANI, is out soon from 1913 Press. Her writing has also appeared in places such as The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, Occupy Consciousness: Essays on the Global Insurrection, The Journal of East-West Psychology Israel, Reality Sandwich, Boston Review, Wasafiri,Pratilipi, and Pyrta, among others. She has published two chapbooks of poetry and during 2010-11 was the postgraduate Writer-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame's Creative Writing Program. Monica coordinated the Indian edition of the TRI Continental Film Festival during its beginning years and worked closely on the domestic violence and HIV/AIDS campaigns of the international human rights organization Breakthrough. Her experience includes a stint as legal researcher with the Centre for Feminist Legal Research, New Delhi.
Adina Morguelan, Ph.D. candidate, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 10 years of professional experience providing social services in the SF Bay Area. She has expertise delivering therapy interventions to clients with multiple diagnoses and substance abuse concerns, conducting psycho-social assessments, providing training and consultation on a number of topics pertaining to the provision of mental health services in our local urban environment, and case-management particularly in the HIV/AIDS community. Her specialties include: provision of counseling treatment in an inspiring, compassionate, accepting, supportive, and creative environment utilizing multiple treatment modalities; her specific focus is on self-esteem, self-care, medical treatment adherence, healthy relationships, gender identity, and sexual orientation. With a strong commitment to evidence-based practice and program development, Adina is also highly trained in both qualitative and quantitative research methods including: survey development, in-depth interviewing (phone and in-person), focus groups, recruitment, coding, and data analysis. Her dissertation research is intended to shed light upon the relationship between gender identity and sexual orientation and is a qualitative grounded theory study which aims to de-pathologize individuals who exist at the intersection of multiple marginalized queer identities.
Jason K. Norris, Ph.D. student, M.A., is founder of Lucid Drum, where he promotes community sounding, hand drumming, and dreaming as embodied, transformative practices. He is a life-long musician, performing artist, healing practitioner, and researcher of consciousness involved with organizations such as the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). Jason's research focuses on "sonic mysticism" and "rhythm psychology" within cross-cultural, spiritual traditions. He specializes in "sacred entrainment," using rhythm as a vehicle to experience interconnectedness and a felt sense of the sacred. For published articles, current events, and more, please visit www.LucidDrum.com
Larry Norris, Ph.D. student, M.A., Larry is a Kranzke Scholarship recipient for his research on Ayahuasca visions. He founded ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) with fellow CIIS students in 2011. Larry, a self taught artist, paints imagery to integrate his transpersonal experiences and dive deeply into the symbols of the collective unconscious. Focusing on his art as an alternative way of knowing has fueled this dialogue of self-exploration and individuation. Larry was invited to give a guest lecture this past fall (2012) at Sonoma State University for a course "The Psychology of Indigenous Healing" on ayahuasca, Jung, and active imagination.

David Odorisio, Ph.D. student, lived a variety of lives before enrolling at CIIS. He is a yoga teacher and former manager of a yoga studio as well as former volunteer resident at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. He earned his MA in theology and has taught and worked as campus minister at the high school and college levels. He has published in a variety of journals on Thomas Merton as well as edited a number of Merton's monastic conferences. His current focus is on the East-West encounter through a Jungian lens as well as Jung's re-visioning of the Christian tradition.

Alum Profiles

As the intersection of psychology and spirituality is now of global concern, the Department of East-West Psychology attracts students from around the world. Students are drawn to the EWP programs for a variety of reasons, ranging from personal growth and development to professional goals. Graduates are in high demand in a world that increasingly reveals the need for an integral perspective--one that encompasses the personal, inter-personal, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of human existence. EWP alums serve as university professors, teachers, scholars, writers, consultants, researchers, workshop leaders, spiritual counselors, integral coachers, entrepreneurs, social change activists, and community organizers.

 

Ruby Allen, Ph.D., 2001, is retired after counseling students in the School of Theatre at Penn State University where her husband still serves as the school director. Her focus was the integration of the artist with the difficult world of commerce which is the necessary venue of arts production.
Astrid Berg, Ph.D., 1998, is a writing coach, ghostwriter and editor primarily working with people writing dissertations and books. http://astridberg.com/editor After an extended traveling-pilgrimage in Europe, she has cultivated a slow paced, seamless lifestyle in which her work supports simple living in the North Bay. Astrid also maintains a private practice guiding people along their spiritual journeys. Her counseling integrates the depth work of Jungian psychology with a meditation practice influenced by Buddhism and Christian mysticism.
Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D., 1994; M.A., 1989, is associate professor and the founder of the Dream Studies Program at John F. Kennedy University. She has conducted research in lucid dreaming with Stephen LaBerge at the Stanford Sleep Laboratory, has served as a board member for the Lucidity Association, founded and chaired the International Association for Study of Dreams (IASD) for 12 years, and co-founded the Lucid Art Foundation, of which she is currently the President. Fariba is the author of "Through the Light: An Exploration into Consciousness" (Dream Creations, 1997), Lucid Art and Hyperspace Lucidity (2003), and is the co-author, with Stanley Kripner, of Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them (SUNY Press, 2002). Most recently, Fariba co-authored a book with her husband, Daniel Deslauriers, Ph.D. with SUNY press entitled Integral Dreaming.(2012).
Craig Bowman, Ph.D., 2006, has a clinical private practice in Oakland, Calif., and offers individual transpersonal coaching, as well as group classes and workshops.
Susana Bustos, Ph.D., 2007, received a scholarship from Chile to conduct her doctoral studies at CIIS. Susana's EWP doctoral research focused on the study of Amazonian shamanism (vegetalismo), particularly of the use of songs (icaros) during plant healing ceremonies. During her research, she worked as a therapist and clinical supervisor at Takiwasi in the Peruvian jungle, a center for the treatment of drug addiction integrating indigenous and Western medicine. The results of her doctoral research have been published in magazines such as Shaman's Drum and Uno Mismo. Her latest publication, "The Verse of the Plant We Follow," appears in Robert Tindall's "The Jaguar that Roams the Mind" (Inner Traditions, 2008). Susana co-founded the Latin American Association for Holotropic Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychology, and worked for the Spiritual Emergency Network. She offers workshops and lectures internationally, teaches graduate courses on shamanism, and co-leads groups into the rainforest.

Javier Charme, M.A., 2004, has a private clinical practice, and teaches Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy at Universidad del Pacífico, Chile. He is a coordinator and teacher for the Grof Transpersonal Training in South America, and has facilitated Holotropic Breathwork sessions in several countries. He also teaches at Escuela Sud Americana de Psicología Transpersonal, and at the Instituto de Formación Transpersonal Integral (Chile).

 

Patricia Corrales Ayala Pérez de Alba, M.A., 2005, has taught a variety of courses from a transpersonal perspective in the Universidad Intercontinental and the Universidad de la Comunicacion in Mexico City, ranging from humanistic psychology to epistemological foundations of psychology to the philosophy of science. In 2008, Patricia launched the first graduate program in transpersonal psychology academically recognized in Mexico (Universidad de la Comunicacion de Mejico: posgrado@uc.edu.mx). She also has a private clinical practice as psychotherapist, neurotherapist, and researcher.

 

Linda Cunningham, Ph.D., 2003, MFT, has been a psychotherapist since 1991 and has a private practice in San Francisco and Corte Madera. She is Adjunct Faculty at CIIS, where she teaches the course "The Clinical Relationship," and at Sonoma State University, where she teaches in the Depth Psychology Graduate Program. Her EWP doctoral dissertation, "Countertransference in Sandplay: A Symbolic/ Clinical Approach" laid the foundation for her book, Relational Sandplay Therapy (Mustard Seed Press, 2005). Linda has published many articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, including "But Is It Kalffian?" (2007); "'Resistance' in Sandplay: Inherent Qualities of Presymbolic Relational Fields" (2006); "Relational Fields in Sandplay Therapy" (2004); among others. Her new books, The Clinical Relationship and the Four Archetypal Relational Fields, and The Clinical Relationship in Sandplay will be published in 2013. Linda offers presentations on sandplay therapy and provides training for MFT interns at The Community Institute for Psychotherapy, Pierce Street Counseling Center, Golden Gate Counseling Center, New Perspectives Center for Counseling, California Pacific Medical Center, and Marina Counseling Center. Linda is a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America, and provides weekend trainings in Jungian theory and sandplay. She also leads a Depth Psychotherapy consultation group in San Francisco.

 

Martina Dannecker, Ph.D., 2006, currently works on a research project on empathy at Humboldt University in Berlin. Since her graduation, she was a visiting scholar in the psychology department at UC Berkeley. She has been Adjunct Faculty at CIIS, and worked as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and Laney College. Her doctoral dissertation was published as a book, Myogenic Transformation of Emotions: A Dialectical Inquiry into Western Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology (Köln: Lambert Publishing, 2009). Her latest publication is a chapter on "Emotional Affliction and Mental Illness from a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist Perspective" in G. Etzelmüller and A. Weissenrieder (Eds.), Religion and Illness: Which Relationships are Life-Enhancing? Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellchaft (WBG).

 

Rodney Davis, Ph.D., 2003, is a teacher and author who works as a psychologist in the Special Needs Unit of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, WA. His EWP doctoral dissertation, "Stages of Spiritual Development," was published as a book with the title of Reaching True Peace: Seven Universal Realms of Spiritual Development (Fern Haven Press, 2005). Rodney's book explores the parallels between the Indian tradition of kundalini yoga and the work of the sixteenth-century Spanish mystic Teresa de Avila. He has also published two articles, "Hanuman - Symbol of Transforming Spiritual Power" in Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (1997) and "Alchemy, Jung, and Esoteric Tradition,"in Caduceus - The Hermetic Quarterly (1998).
Stephen Dinan, M.A., 1997, is the former Director of Membership and Marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the founder of its successful Shift in Action program. He is also the editor of Radical Spirit: Spiritual Writings from the Voices of Tomorrow (New World Library, 2002) and author of Sacred America (2012). Stephen directed and helped to create the Esalen Institute's Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. He is also a speaker, coach, Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, and marketing consultant. Most recently, Stephen founded the Shift Network, an online education and media company that aims at being the leading brand of transformation, and is currently the CEO for the company.

Christian Dombrowe, Ph.D., 2005, is a counselor in the Clinic for Forensic Psychiatry at Eberswalde, Germany, who specializes in working with drug and alcohol recovery patients. In addition, he is completing his clinical training in Depth Psychotherapy at the Berliner Akademie für Psychotherapie. His EWP dissertation, based on his field research work with Native Americans, was titled, "Touched by Spirit: A Heuristic Study of Healing Experiences in Peyote Ceremonies." In 2009, he became a father and since then he is engaged in the spiritual practice of parenthood.

 

Tina Fields, Ph.D., 2001, has worked in the emerging field of Ecopsychology since 1999. She has taught about the psychospiritual and cultural sides of environmental issues for Lesley University's Audubon Expedition Institute (AEI), New College's North Bay Campus for Sustainable Living, and Dominican University. She is currently writing a book on applied spiritual ecopsychology, intended to help shifting the necessary task of making positive environmental change from a burden to a chosen joy. In addition, she is co-editing a book with Matthew Bronson, So What? Now What? The Anthropology of Consciousness Addresses a World in Crisis, to be published in 2009 by Cambridge Scholars Press; teaching Native Healing Wisdoms at Dominican University; co-creating a week-long Ecospirituality intensive for Wisdom University; and instigating "Deepen Your Green," a supportive group working on ecopsychological behavior change. Tina is listed in several editions of Who's Who among American Women.

 

Charles Flores, Ph.D. 2009, is an Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, and has also taught at Cal State East Bay, Holy Names, and SACAR out of Puducheri, India. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and currently provides therapy for dual-diagnosed teenagers in gangs. He has presented papers at Integral Psychology Conferences and recently, the First Integral Theory Conference, where his presentation won an award for the Best Constructive Criticism of Integral Theory. He was a winner of the Haridas Chauduri Scholarship Award in the field of Integral Education (2003) and the first Esalen Scholar Award recipient (2008). He has taught courses in transpersonal psychotherapy, drug counseling, social and cultural psychology, diversity and community, and has written on integral psychology and spiritual social activism.

 

Marilyn Fowler, Ph.D., 2012, M.A., 1999, is chair of the Consciousness and Transformative Studies Department at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU) in Pleasant Hill, CA. In her teaching capacity she anchors the professional development track within the School of Holistic Studies, offering courses on professional identity, curriculum development, workshop development, teaching skills, integral leadership, and starting a business. She has designed and presented leadership workshops at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University, and has authored professional publications on topics such as leadership and transformation, strategic leadership performance, leadership and motivation, and leadership coaching. Marilyn presented her most recent paper, "Integrally Informed Approaches to Transformational Leadership Development," at the summer 2008 Integral Theory Conference at JFKU. Her current scholarship focuses on integral transformational leadership, building capacity to address global challenges.

 

Lorell Frysh, Ph.D. 2006, lives in Boulder, Colorado. She integrates her work in transpersonal psychology, spiritual counseling and interior design, seeing private clients and teaching classes at the Kabbalah Experience in Denver and at the Denver Design Center. She also leads workshops on the interface between transpersonal psychology and interior design. Lorell employs a wide range of traditional principles from the East (Feng Shui and Vaastu Shastra) and West (Sacred Geometry and Principles of Design Harmony), and together with her clients vision, transforms both inner and outer space. Her publications have appeared in magazines and journals such as Yogi Times, Elephant Magazine, and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Art and Psychology.

 

Viviane Dzyak Hahn, M.A., 1998, specializes in the study of women's spiritual experiences and the ancient and contemporary practice of pilgrimage. In 2004 she led a group of women on the thousand year old pilgrimage route El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Europe. This experience became the subject of her WSE doctoral dissertation, "We Women Walking: Exploring the Voices of Female Pilgrims in Community." She has also done extensive research on the symbolic and historical meaning of Black Madonna images of France. In 2008 she co-founded E-magine Journeys, a travel company that fosters cross cultural awareness, promotes spiritual reciprocity consciousness, and teaches the art of journeying with an ecological imagination. She is involved in organizing a screening tour of a new film about the life of the first US Congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin, who was a life-long peace activist and a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

Glenn Hartelius, Ph.D. 2009, is Assistant Professor in the Residential Ph.D. Program in Transpersonal Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), Palo Alto, CA, the main editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, and Secretary of the International Transpersonal Association. At ITP, he teaches courses in Transpersonal and Spiritual Psychology, Somatic Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology Praxis, Doctoral Retreat in Transpersonal Scholarship, Research Specialization, Meditation, and Human Sexuality. Prior to his ITP core faculty appointment, he taught graduate courses in transpersonal psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and was Post-Doctoral Fellow at ITP. His work has been published in The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The Humanist Psychologist, and the Journal of Consciousness Studies, among other academic journals.
Elizabeth Husserl, M.A., 2006, currently studies the integration between Economics and Spirituality and has a private practice of Inner Economics in Berkeley, CA. She also assists and facilitates workshops on Holistic Sexuality and is the co-author of "Rekindling the Fire of Transformative Education: A Participatory Case Study," published in The Journal of Transformative Education (2007). She recently attended a three-week intensive course on Holistic Economics at Schumacher College (UK) and published an article, "Inner Economics: Inner Work, Outer Rewards" in the magazine Wirtshaft Analyse.

Daijaku Judith Kinst Ph.D., 2004, has also a M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology (CIIS, 1996). She is a priest and teacher in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, roshi. She is core faculty at Institute of Buddhist Studies, a part of the Graduate Theological Union consortium in Berkeley, holding the title of Assistant Professor of Buddhism and Buddhist Pastoral Care and Director of the Graduate Program in Buddhist Chaplaincy. She has taught and led retreats in a variety of settings including Gampo Abbey with the Ven. Pema Chodron, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and the San Francisco Zen Center. She is also licensed to practice psychotherapy (M.F.T.) and sees people for spiritual guidance. She provides consultation to psychotherapists as well as Buddhist teachers and leads workshops for psychotherapists interested in the interface of Buddhist teachings and the theory and practice of psychotherapy. She also has an ongoing interest in interfaith dialogue. Most recently she presented, at the American Academy of Religion, a paper exploring Zen Buddhist and contemplative psychological perspectives of Thomas Merton's writings on self surrender. She is the guiding teacher, with Shinshu Roberts, of the Ocean Gate Zen Center in Santa Cruz California.

 

Ivonne Klatt, M.A. 2000, Psy.D., 2008, is currently doing her post-doc residency at Kaiser Permanente's Psychiatry/Chemical Dependency Department. Ivonne writes: "I feel that my EWP degree is serving me well, especially in the field of addiction, since many people are awakened to their spiritual path through their recovery work. My studies of East-West Psychology enriched my understanding of awakening, the transpersonal realms as well as the non-dual, allowing me to see my patients through a much broader lens than traditional psychological views encourage. I am grateful for my experiences and learning in EWP. The two years I spent in the program were transformative, validating, and fun."

 

Timothy J. Lavalli, Ph.D., 1999, is a well-respected author in the poker industry, having contributed to a wide variety of print and online poker publications. Dubbed "The Poker Shrink" in the poker industry, Tim is the coauthor (with Mike Matusow and Amy Calistri) of the book Mike Matusow: Check-Raising the Devil (Las Vegas: Cardoza Publishing 2009), which recently received a positive review in The Journal of Gambling Issues. Tim's EWP dissertation was titled, "Exploring the nature of qualitative research : assumptions, attributes, definitions, and antecedents."

 

Janet LeValley (Richardson), Ph.D., 1993, is associate professor and Head of Psychology at the American National College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 2009, she graduated the first psychology majors ever in Sri Lanka through the Community Psychology program with a humanistic/transpersonal orientation, which she designed and launched. She has been twice voted the "Most Outstanding Faculty" by the 1,500 students of her campus. Janet has also adopted a family, started a service program for kids, and provided post-traumatic stress counseling and expressive arts therapy for people in the aftermath of the tsunami and civil war. Her EWP dissertation, based on her doctoral fieldwork in Northern India, was titled, "Child incarnate-child divine: A cross-cultural investigation of development and spirituality." After graduation, she taught courses in the social sciences, cross-cultural psychology, and ecopsychology in educational institutions such as California State University Hayward, Columbia College, DeVay University, Akamai University (Hawaii), and the Institute of Global Studies. Janet has published over 30 articles in journals and magazines nationally and internationally.

 

Maty Lieblich, M.A., 2000, wrote a master's thesis, "The model of emotions in the 'I Ching', The Book of Changes." After completion of her degree, she returned to Israel, where she teaches courses in transpersonal psychology and Daoist approaches in the East-West Psychotherapy Program at the School of Psychology of the University of Tel Aviv. Her book, At the Edge of Ego, was recently published by Keter & Rimon Publishers (Jerusalem, Israel, 2009). Most recently, she launched an academic journal in East-West Psychology at her university.

She has published many articles and book chapters on psychology and spirituality, including "Between light and shadow: Mystical experience and psychology," Akdamot Journal, 25 (2011), and "Between pain and suffering: Buddhist and Daoist approaches" (in The Dilemma of Suffering, Yediot Achronot Press, 2012)

Maty has also taught transpersonal psychology and spiritual emergency courses in Riedman College, as well as in Psychodharma, a private program for therapists.

Patt Lind-Kyle, M.A., 1980, has taught in the academic world, created a small business, practiced as a management consultant and executive coach, and had her own private counseling practice. She has taught at the University of Hawaii, Foothill College, San Jose State University, and University of California, San Francisco. Her M.A. thesis in EWP-focused on the emerging right/left brain research and from this she developed a program to teach community health techniques to indigenous people in Guatemala. A long-term meditation practitioner, Patt's current interest is exploring the exciting new brain/mind research and working with the new tools of neuro-monitoring to help individuals become more effective with their brain/mind potential. Her consulting focus includes executive coaching, Brain-Mind development for high performance, stress management, emotional regulation, optimal health and how women can lead and manage more effectively. She is the author of two books: When Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up: A Woman's Tale of Healing the Immune System and Awakening the Feminine (Swan/Raven & Co., 1992), and the recent Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace and Presence (Energy Psychology Press, 2009).

Dawn Matheny, Ph.D., 2001, is currently the executive director of Veriditas, a non-profit organization working internationally to transform the human spirit through the experience of walking the labyrinth as a metaphor for the spiritual life, as a tool for personal healing and growth, for community building, and for global peace. Veriditas offers retreats, workshops, and trainings in working with the labyrinth. Dawn's qualitative dissertation, "Dreaming: The Relationship to Self," led her to present numerous times at the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She has taught Qualitative Research Methods and Introduction to Research at John F. Kennedy University and the Institute of Imaginal Studies.

 

Susan Miller McGowan, Ph.D., 2007, currently lives in Carrollton, Ga. where she created the Integral Healing Center. The center provides practitioner space for those who hold an integral vision of healing, which includes private practices and classes to support healing the whole person. She currently works as a coach, massage therapist and intuitive healer. In 2007, shortly after finishing her Ph.D., Susan became a Oneness Blessing Giver and is committed to the Oneness Movement, supporting the change of consciousness in the Deep South. In her spare time, Susan teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of West Georgia and home schools her nine-year-old daughter.

 

Rainiero (Rene) Miranda, Ph.D., 2008., is a licensed M.F.T. who has a small private practice in Mill Valley, CA and works full time for the Community Mental Health Department in Marin County. Specifically, Dr. Miranda works with adolescents on probation at an alternative community school. A native from Colombia, he has incorporated Indigenous Wisdom and archetypal/Jungian psychology to complement his clinical training, and has developed a group process guide based on his EWP doctoral dissertation ("From Instinct to Domination to Boundless Creativity: An Integrative Model of Human Motivation from the Perspective of Ecopsychology and Attachment Theory"), and the ancient symbol of the Medicine Wheel from the Native American People. The guide was designed to address the unique needs of minority, poor, and disenfranchised youth in a therapeutic setting. The guide was published in 2009 under the name The Journey of the Great Warrior.

 

Bindu Mohanty. Ph.D., 2008, is a writer and teacher who lives in the international town of Auroville, India. She serves as faculty for Living Routes in their undergraduate study-abroad program on integral sustainability. Her doctoral work, based on qualitative research, focuses on the evolution of societies from transpersonal and psychological perspectives. She is the author of Integral Yoga: The Spiritual Ideals of Auroville (Auroville International Association, 2004), two books of poetry, and several articles on integral philosophy and environmental sustainability. Bindu has presented her work at conferences on transpersonal psychology and Indian psychology.

 

Helge Osterhold, Ph.D., 2011, M.A., 2005, teaches courses in cross-cultural and integral personality psychology at Golden Gate University and a course on spiritual counseling at CIIS. He has been facilitating Family Constellations, spiritual inquiry, and therapeutic groups in California and Europe. He is the co-author of "Rekindling the Fire of Transformative Education: A Participatory Case Study," published in The Journal of Transformative Education (2007) and recently completed his doctoral dissertation titled: "Suffering with a Cause: Synchronicity as a Pathway to Understanding Illness and Injury as a Facilitator of Integral Transformation." Helge maintains a private practice in San Francisco, with an emphasis on cultural, relationship, and health-related issues.

 

Reggie Pawle, Ph.D., 2003, has lived in Kyoto, Japan, since 1999, working as a psychotherapist with Japanese and expatriate clients and teaching cross-cultural psychology at Kansai Gaidai University. His students are both Japanese and non-Japanese from all over the world, who are doing their third year abroad in Japan. His research has focused on the relevance of Zen Buddhist and Daoist practices to psychotherapy clients. He has been involved in cross-cultural dialogues regarding psychotherapy. On a personal level he has studied at Hosshinji Temple (Soto Zen Buddhist sect), Obama, Japan since 1990 with Harada Sekkei Roshi. The last six years this practice has been augmented with Daoist study in China and visits to Sri Ramana Ashram in Tiruvannamalai, India. His interest now is deepening his own spiritual practice, studying the cultural and psychological aspects of spiritual self-cultivation practices, and working with relevance of traditional spiritual practices to the modern global community.
Henry G.C. Poon, Ph.D., 1995, is an assistant professor and the Chair of the Global Certificate and Master's Degree Programs at Sofia University, Palo Alto. He is also an adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University. Henry also holds a MA in counseling psychology and is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFT). His book, "How Confucianism Can Contribute to Modern Clinical Psychology (1997),  is based on his EWP doctoral dissertation. His interests and areas of study include cross-cultural psychology and counseling, integrative life psychology, East-West approaches to self-cultivation, and transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy.

Eva Ruland, Ph.D., 2002, is a transformational coach. She works with individuals and groups and her practice, evolve!, is located in Berkeley. Her group offerings include envisioning workshops, transformational collage workshops, and SoulCollage®. Her approach to coaching and group work is based in spirituality and in the belief that we all are magnificent beings at our core. She views it as her role to assist as many people as possible to uncover their magnificence and become happier and more fulfilled.

Her academic interest includes symbols and their meaning, working with symbols, and the use of guided visualization for personal growth and transformation. Her EWP doctoral dissertation, "The Valentinian Creation Myth as a Mirror of Personality Development" explored the parallels of this myth and Jung's concept of the development of personality. Currently, Eva writes about coaching related topics and the benefits of collage. She is an active member of the SoulCollage® facilitator community.

Eva is multi-talented and cross-culturally versed. She grew up in Germany where she earned an MS in theoretical engineering, worked in communications, and was an acclaimed fashion designer in Berlin. As an international student in the US she worked on campus in CIIS' communication department where she became CIIS' the first web mistress. She continued to teach in Germany for several years but took a leave to devote her energy to building a livelihood in the US. Eva loves nature, cats, dancing and the arts. She anchors herself through meditation and nature walks.

Jonah Saifer, M.A., 2007, moved to South Korea after graduation, where he now works as a full-time lecturer of English and Philosophy at Daegu Univesity. He is on the editorial committee of (and working on articles for submission for) Archai: Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, and recently submitted an article to the journal Ecopsychology. He lives on a beautiful small island called Wando on the southern tip of the country, where he continues working on his songwriting.

 

Karim Serageldin, M.A., 2007, is currently working as an administrator and guidance counselor at one of California's largest public charter schools, FAME. He is also heavily involved in Islamic psychology and psycho-spiritual counseling and psycho-education for the Muslim community. He has hosted several Islamic Awareness evenings at CIIS.

 

Siddhartha V. Shah, M.A., 2003, is an art dealer, curator, and lecturer on the function of sacred art in spiritual practice. He is an apprentice to renowned artist and writer Robert Beer and focuses on contemporary movements in Hindu and Buddhist art. He also works in collaboration with Serindia Publications (Bangkok) promoting Himalayan art and culture, and travels throughout the United States, Europe and Asia curating exhibitions and lecturing on modern and traditional religious art.

 

Kundan Singh, Ph.D., 2008; M.A., 1997, is an Associate Core Faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, and an Adjunct Faculty at CIIS. He recently published a book chapter, "Beyond Mind: The Future of Psychology as Science" in an edited book titled Foundations of Indian Psychology: Theories and Concepts (Pearson, 2011). His other publications include a book titled The Evolution of Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda (Verlag, 2009), and edited-book chapters, like "Beyond Postmodernism: Towards a Future Psychology," "Relativism, Self-Referentiality, and Beyond Mind," and "Relativism and Its Relevance for Psychology." Some of his recent paper presentations at international conferences are "Paul Hacker's Erroneous Conclusions on European Influence on Swami Vivekananda" at the Fourth Annual South Asian Studies Association, "Paul Hacker and the Neo-colonial Construction of Neo-Hinduism" at the 43rd Annual Conference on Asian studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) and at the 18th International Conference on Vedanta, and "Rambachan and the Limits of Social Constructivist Thinking in the Analysis of the Thought of Swami Vivekananda" at the Seventh International World Association of Vedic Studies Conference.

 

Alessandra Strada, Ph.D., 2004, is attending psychologist in the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and an assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Alessandra is also core faculty in the Fellowship in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care and Hospice at Beth Israel Medical Center and in the Psychology Internship Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry.

She on the Board of Division 55 of the American Psychological Association (Advancement of Psychopharmacology), on the Advisory Council of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, and is a member of the Educational Committee of the California Hospice Foundation.

She holds a Doctor in Clinical and Community Psychology degree from the University of Bologna, Italy; a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant University in San Francisco, and a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology from CIIS, where she is also adjunct professor in the EWP Department. She also holds a postdoctoral Master in Psychopharmacology.

Alessandra is a regular presenter at various national and international conferences, including the American Psycho-Oncology Association, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Psychological Association, and the World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. Her clinical work, publications and research have focused on psychological and spiritual care of patients with advanced illness, long-term and short-term psychotherapy with palliative care and hospice patients, integration of psychopharmacology into treatment; normative and complicated grief, self-care and burnout prevention for palliative care providers, and integrative approaches to pain and symptom management that include the combined use of existential and insight oriented approaches with guided imagery, mindfulness, meditation, and contemplative practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Her forthcoming book, The Helping Professional's Guide to End-of-Life Care: Practical Tools for Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Support for the Dying, will be published in January 2013.

Rochelle Suri, Ph.D., 2010, is a licensed therapist who is currently based in Mumbai, India. She holds an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from CIIS. She has lived in San Francisco for 10 years, before which she resided in India and the United Arab Emirates. Rochelle has extensive experience working with diverse populations and minorities and is dedicated to integrating western psychology and eastern spirituality within the realms of her psychotherapy practice. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and is also published in several peer-reviewed journals in her field. Currently, Rochelle is in private practice working with individuals, couples, and children. She is interested in research in India and is also involved in the planing and development of several international conferences. She also supervises and mentors psychologists. You may contact Rochelle if you are interested in any of these projects.

 

Norio Suzuki, Ph.D., 2004, is the director of Integral Japan and the education director of Interkannections. He works as a developmental coach for executives in profit and nonprofit organizations. Also, he serves as a consultant for various organizational developmental programs for domestic and multinational companies. Norio is the coauthor of the book, Introduction to Integral Philosophy, the first book on integral theory ever written by Japanese thinkers. He is also the translator of Ken Wilber's Integral Life Practice. Norio currently resides in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Susan Swift, Ph.D., 1999, is a consultant for the San Francisco International Film Festival, CNN, and Pixar Animation Studios. She writes book reviews for Film Quarterly and is working on a book about gender and mythology in film.

 

Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., 2006, designs and delivers embodied educational programs and coaching sessions for organizers, activists, healers, and therapists who work with individuals and communities facing violence and oppression. Vanissar embodies a unique combination of skills and experience, including intimate and social trauma expertise, anti-oppression education and facilitation, and a deep understanding of the body's intuitive, energetic, survival, and healing mechanisms. She is passionate about empowering and sustaining people and organizations that are working to transform the causes and/or impacts of systemic oppression, violence, and intimate trauma. Former education programs director and Healing Oppression Project co-lead at Community United Against Violence (CUAV) and current DiversityWorks trainer, Vanissar studies generative somatics with Staci Haines and Denise Benson and intuitive reading with Phyllis Pay. For more information see: Embodied Education for Healing & Social Justice at www.vanissar.com.

 

Jeremy Caifang Zhu, Ph.D., 2010, holds a master's in theological studies from the Harvard Divinity School, where he concentrated his studies on the interface of Buddhism and Western psychology. He was a teaching fellow with the East Asian Studies program at Harvard during 2002-04. Following his completion of MTS at Harvard, he trained for a year as chaplain resident in St. Mary's Medical Center. He is currently completing his dissertation proposal on "The Ordinary Mind in Chan Buddhism and its Psychological Implications." He has published extensively in journals from China, Taiwan, the U.S., and the U.K. on topics such as Buddhism, interfaith dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity, Buddhism and psychology/psychotherapy, religion/mysticism, and philosophy. The publishing journals include The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Contemporary Buddhism, International Review of Chinese Religion and Philosophy, Beijing University of Chan/Zen Buddhism. Before coming to the U.S. in 2001, Jeremy was a college faculty member at Beijing International Studies University where he taught ESL and interfaith dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity, and co-taught "Introduction to Chinese Philosophy and Religions." He chaired the Harvard Buddhist Community and led a meditation group at CIIS. He practices and teaches Tai Chi.