Allan Combs Ph.D.
Core Faculty in Transformative Studies
Allan Combs started college as a physics major in the 1960s at the Ohio State University, where his interests turned to Jungian psychology and then to humanistic psychology. He traveled to the University of Florida where he studies with Sidney Jourard, and later to the University of Georgia to pursue a growing interest in the relationship of mind and consciousness to the brain.
Today Allan is a consciousness researcher, neuropsychologist, and systems theorist. He holds appointments at the Saybrook Graduate School, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Assisi Conferences. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and past Director of the Integral Studies program leading to an MA in Conscious Evolution at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut.
Allan is author of over fifty articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain, including The Radiance of Being (2ed): Understanding the Grand Integral Vision; Living the Integral Live, winner of the best-book award of the Scientific and Medical Network of the UK, with a foreword by Ken Wilber; Changing Visions: Human Cognitive Maps Past, Present, and Future, with Ervin Laszlo, Vilmos Csanyi, and Robert Artigiani; Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, edited with Robin Robertson; Nonlinear Dynamics in Human Behavior, edited with William Sulis; Synchronicity: Through the Eyes of Science, Myth, and the Trickster with Mark Holland; and Mind in Time: The Dynamics of Thought, Reality, and Consciousness, with Mark Germine and Ben Geortzel. Professor Combs is a Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the Integral University, co-founder of the Integral Foundation and The Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, a member of The General Evolution Research Group, the Integral Institute, the Forge Guild and the one-hundred member Club of Budapest. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, Associate Editor of Dynamical Psychology, and serves on the Editorial Board of Science & Consciousness Review.
Allan was the winner of the 2002-2003 National Teaching Award of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, and in the same year the held the UNCA Honorary Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship.