Brendan Collins Portrait Brendan Collins

Faculty Emeritus
Integral Counseling Psychology & East-West Psychology

PhD, U.S. International University; MTS, Graduate Theological Union

MS, San Francisco State University; BA, St. John’s University

Brendan Collins is professor emertius of the East-West Psychology and Integral Counseling Psychology programs and is former co-director of the Chaudhuri Center for Contemplative Practice, Interreligious Dialogue and Social Justice. His areas of specialization include the relationship between psychology and Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, Jungian psychology, contemplative psychology, contemporary psychoanalysis, and the integral psychology of Sri Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa and Haridas Chaudhuri.

He studied with Haridas Chaudhuri at the California Institute of Asian Studies, and earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology in a program developed by Carl Rogers at United States International University (1977). He was a postdoctoral fellow in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (1977-78) at Children's Hospital and Adult Medical Center, San Francisco and the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, and completed a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, in 1995.

For twelve years he was a member of a Benedictine monastic community committed to interfaith and intermonastic dialogue, and was the founding editor of Monastic Studies, an international journal of monastic theology. He worked with Thomas Merton and Bede Griffiths, two pioneers of the East-West interreligious dialogue. Brendan is currently a lay associate of St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota and has a strong interest in the interface of psychology, religion, and the arts.

East-West Psychology Faculty


Debashish Banerji Debashish Banerji
Haridas Chaudhuri Professor & East-West Psychology Chair, Doshi Professor of Asian Art
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles,
MS, University of Louisville; BA, Bombay University,
Francoise Bourzat Francoise Bourzat
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, East-West Psychology
MA, New College of San Francisco,
BA, Antioch University,
Brendan Collins Brendan Collins
Faculty Emeritus, Integral Counseling Psychology & East-West Psychology
PhD, U.S. International University; MTS, Graduate Theological Union,
MS, San Francisco State University; BA, St. John’s University,
Jan Edl Stein Jan Edl Stein
Adjunct Lecturer, East-West Psychology
MA, University of San Francisco,
BA, Rutgers University,
Jorge N Ferrer Jorge N Ferrer
Professor, East-West Psychology, Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies; Lic. Psicologia Clinica, University of Barcelona,
BA equivalent, University of Barcelona,
Marilyn Fowler Marilyn Fowler
Adjunct Lecturer, East-West Psychology
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies; MA, John F. Kennedy University,
BA, San Diego State University,
Heidi Fraser Hageman Heidi Fraser Hageman
Program Manager and Adjunct Lecturer, East-West Psychology & Integrative Health Studies
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, Plymouth State University ,
Ishtar Kramer Ishtar Kramer
Lecturer, East-West Psychology
MA, Naropa University,
BA, University of the Witwatersrand,
Helge Osterhold Helge Osterhold
Professor, East-West Psychology
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies; MA, Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA Human Relations, Golden Gate University,
Janis Phelps Janis Phelps
Professor, Interim Department Chair, East-West Psychology
Director, Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research
PhD, MA, University of Connecticut; BA, Allegheny College,
Sophia Reinders Sophia Reinders
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, East-West Psychology
PhD, Saybrook Institute,
MA, Antioch University ,
David Treleaven David Treleaven
Adjunct Lecturer,
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, BA University of British Columbia,
Carol Whitfield Carol Whitfield
Professor, Interim Department Chair, East-West Psychology
PhD, San Francisco School of Psychology; PhD, Graduate Theological Union,
MA, University of California, Berkeley; BA, Sonoma State College,

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