Teaching / Research
My doctoral alma mater, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), became Sofia University [http://www.sofia.edu/] in 2012 as part of an intention to offer a broader curriculum, including an undergraduate degree completion program. Since shortly after my 2002 graduation with a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, I have taught in various capacities for ITP, now Sofia. My current role includes teaching Transpersonal Research Ethics and supervising dissertation research at the request of individual doctoral students. I have served on numerous dissertation committees for ITP/Sofia, and occasionally for the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
I am particularly interested in supporting research within the holotropic paradigm articulated through the work of Stanislav and Christina Grof, including research involving the experience of Holotropic Breathwork. Among the dissertation committees I have had the honor of chairing were those of Marina Smirnova (“Atonement with the dreadful manifestations of the sacred in Holotropic Breathwork: Interpretive phenomenological analysis of the breather’s embodied experience and the meaning arising within and out of it”) and Amber Balk (“Doing death differently: An integrative-holotropic community action research project”). Research and scholarship in Grofian psychology are encouraged by the Grof Foundation, http://groffoundation.org/.
As a member of the Board of Directors of Inner Explorer [https://www.innerexplorer.org/], a non-profit organization offering audio programs for daily use in development of mindful awareness in school children, I work with my former student Laura Bakosh and our colleagues in supporting research, program development, and provision of products and services for increasing learning readiness and more peaceful behavioral communities in elementary, middle, and high schools.
My doctoral dissertation, titled “Coming Home to Nature through the Body: An Intuitive Inquiry into Experiences of Grief, Weeping or Other Deep Emotions in Response to Nature,” received the 2002 Sidney M. Jourard Award from the Humanistic Division of the American Psychological Association. From this work grew my recently published book, Moving through Grief, Reconnecting with Nature.
I am a founding member of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Alliance (ITPA), which is “dedicated, through the independent and joint pursuits of its affiliates, to sustaining and continuing the development of the former institute’s transpersonal values by providing a community for the advancement of scholarship, teaching, counseling, mentoring and guidance, educational activities, and literary and scientific endeavors in the field of transpersonal psychology.”
In the autumn of 2015, I hope to commence gathering data for research into the relationship between personality orientation in Enneagram typology [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enneagram_of_Personality] and natal astrological placements. If you are interested in participating in this research through completing a questionnaire to determine your Enneagram type (or indicating your knowledge of your type) and providing data for compilation of your natal astrological chart (birth date, time, and place), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All information from participants is kept anonymous and confidential. Participants will be provided information about their natal astrological chart and Enneagram type and, after the research is completed, a summary of the findings of the study.
Having worked with numerous students in visioning, designing and describing meaningful research projects, I am available for free-lance consultation and editing with respect to research in the transpersonal research tradition, as described in the research books authored by my friends and mentors, Rosemarie Anderson and the late William Braud:
Transforming Self and Others through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) and Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience
An honoring of William Braud and his work can be found in the remembrance I wrote for the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, REMEMBERING WILLIAM BRAUD (1942-2012): RECOLLECTIONS FROM A STUDENT AND FRIEND, 2012, Vol. 44, Issue 2, p.117-136.