Assistant Professor and Program Director; Director of the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy
Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
School of Consciousness and Transformation (SCT)
Ph.D., M.A., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
B.A., Dominican University of California
Kendra Diaz-Ford is Program Director and Assistant Professor in the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology program. As a scholar-practitioner, she comes from years of professional experience deeply rooted in the field of mental health, which included casework, housing advocacy, and social activism. During her graduate studies, she focused her research on the intersections of transpersonal psychology and women's spirituality, and became increasingly interested in women's stories, and the transformative process of self-authoring. These interests inspired her to co-launch the V-Day movement within the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology community, which included movie screenings, fundraising events, and a three-year production of "The Vagina Monologues." Kendra now focuses on her work as a transformative educator and transpersonal researcher where she is committed to supporting scholarly excellence and guiding learners to connect deeply into their innate wisdom and individual gifts to grow, personally, spirituality, and professionally. She is co-author of the book chapter entitled, "Feminist and Cultural Contributions in Transpersonal Psychology" in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. Scholarly and research interests include the effects of mind-body medicine on well-being; spiritualized feminism as transformative activism; self-authoring spirituality; embodied ways of knowing; intersections of transpersonal psychology and women's spiritual development; women's stories; critical thinking in psychology; grounded theory; and qualitative research methods as transformative ways of knowing.