Associated Distinguished Professor
Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
School of Consciousness and Transformation
The Pennsylvania State University
M.A. & B.A.
Dr. Mishara obtained a first doctorate in philosophy by examining phenomenological-descriptive approaches to psychopathology, especially schizophrenia. He received two successive Fulbright-Hays grants to undertake this research in Europe, where he studied with leaders in the field including the phenomenological psychiatrist Blankenburg, and met regularly with the well-known philosopher of hermeneutics, Hans-Georg Gadamer. He taught medical and philosophical psychology (in German) in the German university system.
Returning to the U.S., he completed a second doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) and a certificate in cognitive science at Rutgers University. He conducted neuropsychological evaluation and research of severe mental illness and neurologic disorders in Danny Weinberger's lab (NIMH) and movement disorders Mark Hallet's (NINDS) lab at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Subsequently, he conducted research in neuropsychology and functional neuroimaging of neuropsychiatric disorders at the Departments of Psychiatry, Radiology and the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at the Yale University School of Medicine.
He has published numerous papers in high impact journals, translated into 8 different languages, and book chapters on the topics of phenomenology, holistic clinical neuroscience, psychopathology, altered experiences of time, body-self and others in psychosis and altered states of consciousness, somatics, psychotherapy, ecological psychology, altered states of consciousness, mental and spiritual healing, and art. As avid supporter of interdisciplinary approaches, he has presented at the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Philosophical Association, and the Modern Language Association.
His paper on Kafka and the Brain has been downloaded over 28,000 times. His publications and citations may be found on Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=J6xvo9kAAAAJ&hl=en