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Psychology Faculty

JOHN AMODEO received his Bachelor's from Hofstra University, his Master's from Lone Mountain College, and his Doctorate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 20 years. John lectures widely and has also been a teacher of Focusing since 1982. Among his many publications in the areas of relationships and psychotherapy are his three books, Being Intimate; Love and Betrayal; and The Authentic Heart.

MICHAEL BARCLAY received his Bachelor’s from Colgate University, his Master’s from Sonoma State University, and his Doctorate from Saybrook Graduate School. For over 15 years, Michael has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist and serves as the Clinical Director of New Directions Adolescent Services. Michael’s research articles have been published in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Journal of Music Therapy, The Humanistic Psychologist, and Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Michael also leads a blues/jazz band.

ED BIERY received his Bachelor’s and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis. He also received his Master’s and Doctorate from Meridian University. Ed’s interests relate to the practical interface of neurobiology with clinical practice in imaginal psychology, to help clients better understand what is going on in their bodies as well as their psyches, primarily through the exploration of image and the expression of affect.

ART BOHART received his Bachelor’s from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was the President of Saybrook Graduate School and for over 23 years, has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist. He is co-author of the book, Foundations of Clinical and Counseling Psychology.

ALLISON BROENNIMANN received her Bachelor’s from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her Master’s and Doctorate from Palo Alto University. A neuropsychologist in private practice specializing in brain injury, disease, and trauma, Allison also consults to medical settings where she provides program development and supervision for behavioral health services. Her research interests include the effects of trauma on intimacy and attachment, as well as the relationship between shamanism and psychology.

JOHN CONGER received his Bachelor’s from Harvard College, his Master’s from New York University, and his Doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology. John’s interests include the integration of spirituality, somatic awareness, and psychodynamic theory. He has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist for 25 years. Among his many publications in the areas of somatic psychology and psychotherapy are his two books, Jung and Reich: The Body as Shadow and The Body in Recovery: Somatic Psychotherapy and the Self.

SUSANNE COOK-GREUTER received her Bachelor’s from the University of Zürich and her Masters and Doctorate from Harvard University. She is the author of Post-Autonomous Ego Development and has published many influential papers on assessing ego development. She was a co-author with Bill Torbert and Associates, Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership.

ELEANOR CRISWELL received her Bachelor’s and Master’s from the University of Kentucky and her Doctorate from the University of Florida. She has been a professor of psychology at Sonoma State University since 1969 and has formerly been its Chairperson. She is the editor of the journal, Somatics, and the Director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training. As a counseling psychologist, she maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and somatics and is the author of Somatic Yoga and Somatics and Biofeedback.

VIRGINIA CROSSLEYSMITH received her Bachelor’s from Sonoma State, her Master’s from CSU San Francisco and her Doctorate from Meridian University. Formerly on the clinical staff of Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Psychiatry in both the Intensive Outpatient Therapy team and the Autism Spectrum Disorders team, where she provided education and advocacy for individuals and families, Virginia is a licensed psychologist and has maintained a private practice in California for over a decade.

BETH CURTIN received her Bachelor’s from Sonoma State University and her Master’s and Doctorate from Meridian University. Beth is a licensed psychologist and specializes in working with children with autism spectrum disorders, learning differences, and other neuro-developmental impairments. Beth coordinates all of the psychological services for the Anova Center for Education which includes the training and supervision of AMFTs and registered psychological assistants.

JUSTIN FORMAN received his Bachelor’s from University of Toledo, his Doctorate from Meridian University, and is a Social Cognition Specialist. A licensed psychologist in private practice, Justin’s interests range from MAPS research, to EMDR, DBT, and rites of passage and initiation.

DIANNA GRAYER received her Bachelor’s from San Francisco State University and her Doctorate from Meridian University. In private practice as a psychotherapist, Dianna specializes in issues of childhood maternal wounding, parenting, and foster care and adoption. She has published six children’s books and a self-esteem workbook.

MEGGAN HARTMAN received her Bachelor’s from Warren Wilson College, her Master’s from Sophia University, and her Doctorate from Meridian University. In her work as a Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Specialist she specializes in helping mothers with postpartum adjustment issues navigate the complexities of motherhood. As a certified Purpose Guide, Meggan coaches individuals to realize and bring to fruition the depth of their life purpose. Her research interests include understanding cultures’ impact on the mothering identity.

MOLLIE HECKEL-MUNC received her Bachelor’s from the University of Alaska, her Master’s from the School for International Living, and a second Master’s and Doctorate from Sophia University. Mollie has lived in five different countries where she taught English to speakers of other languages and as well taught others to do the same. Mollie’s work centers on community mental health with underserved populations. Also in private practice as a licensed psychologist working with adults who struggle with depression and chronic illness, her research interests include behavior change, helping people manage diabetes, and the mind-body-spirit connection.

LISA HERMAN received her Bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley, her Master’s from California State University, Hayward, and her Doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Lisa maintains a private practice as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; her publications focus on trauma, play therapy, qualitative research, and transformative learning. In addition to the United States, Lisa has worked as a psychotherapist and teacher in Canada and Israel.

JEAN HOUSTON (Chancellor) is a visionary researcher who has authored nearly 30 books and worked intensively in over 40 cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and worked with major organizations such as UNICEF and NASA. Dr. Houston has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Hunter College, Marymount College, The New School for Social Research, and the University of California. She holds doctoral degrees in both psychology and religion. Since 2002, Dr. Houston has been working with the United Nations Development program, training leaders in developing cultures throughout the world.

COURTNEY LUBELL received her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Sonoma State University. Her interests include transformative learning, affect regulation, community development, and the role of ritual in the restoration of experience and memory.

ANDREA KIRK received her Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate from Sophia University. A licensed psychologist in private practice, Andrea’s research interests have focused on the efficacy of dance/movement therapy for women with postpartum depression.

AFTAB OMER received his Bachelor’s from M.I.T. and his Doctorate from Brandeis University. Formerly the President of the Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies. Aftab is a fellow of the International Futures Forum and The World Academy of Arts and Sciences. Aftab’s research has focused on the emergence of human capacities within transformative learning communities and his work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity.

JOY POLLICAR received her Bachelor’s from the University of California at Davis and her Master’s and Doctorate from Meridian University. A former high school English teacher and guidance counselor, Joy is a licensed psychologist in private practice. Her research interests focus on the psychology of social class and social class and shame, with particular emphasis on individuals who grew up working class and later experienced class ascendancy.

JOSEPH PUENTES received his Bachelor’s from Point Loma Nazarene University and his Master’s and Doctorate from University of La Verne. Formerly a staff psychologist at Sonoma State University, Joe is in private practice in Santa Rosa, California. His research interests include the psychology of peak performance, as well as best practices in the training of psychotherapists and psychologists.

JONATHAN REAMS received his Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. He teaches and does research on leadership development, coaching and counseling. He serves as Editor-in Chief of Integral Review: A Transdisciplinary and Transcultural Journal for New Thought, Praxis and Research. He is also a co-founder of the Center for Transformative Leadership. His publications include: What’s Integral about Leadership?, Integral Leadership: Generating Space for Emergence through Quality of Presence, Leading the Future, Making Leadership Development Developmental and Integral Leadership: Opening Space by Leading through the Heart. He is also co-editor of Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning.

SOPHIA REINDERS received her Master’s and Doctorate from Saybrook Institute. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been practicing in San Francisco for over 20 years. Her interests include expressive arts and Somatic Psychology.

ROSARIO SAMMARTINO received her Bachelor’s from Universidad Católica Argentina, and her Master’s from Pacifica Graduate Institute where is currently a doctoral candidate. Co-Director of Tamalpa Institute, Rosario is the cofounder of Tamalpa Latinoamerica and founder of Anthropos Institute, an art and self development center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work with diverse populations has included incarcerated women, the homeless, at-risk youth, and hospitalized psychiatric patients. Rosario has conducted numerous lectures, seminars, and professional presentations on the body and expressive arts therapy in the U.S. and internationally, including Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and Portugal.

ALEXANDER SCHIEFFER received his Doctorate from the University of St. Gallen. He founded CELL: Center of Excellence for Leadership and Learning, a consultancy specializing in innovative design, leadership and transformation. He co-founded TRANS4M, a new Center for Integral Development with a focus on transformational education and innovative research. He is widely published in both academic and literary works. He has co-authored the books, Transformation Management: Towards the Integral Enterprise, Integral Research and Innovation, Integral Economics, and Integral Dynamics.

MELISSA SCHWARTZ received her Master’s from Beacon College and her Doctorate from Rosebridge Graduate School (now Argosy University). Dually licensed as both a clinical psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist, Melissa maintains a private practice as a consulting psychologist. She serves as a peer reviewer for the California Psychological Association’s Office of Professional Development Provider Approval Committee and for the APA journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly. She also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Her interests include the psychology of women, adult development, and qualitative research.

ANGELA SELLS received her Bachelor’s from University of California Santa Barbara and her Master’s and Doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has developed and taught multiple courses ranging from Grief in Mythic Literature and Introduction to Women and Mythology: Series.

CHRIS SIMMONS received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Sonoma State University, and his Doctorate from Meridian University. Chris has spent over 20 years in the public sector and is currently an executive with a local law enforcement agency. His research has focused on criminal psychopathy and sociopathy, forensic psychology and investigation, and the psychology of the shadow. As his background is also rooted in organizational leadership and development, Chris has significant experience facilitating and teaching governmental administrators on collective shadow and groupthink processes that can affect management decision-making. He has extensive experience interviewing hundreds of violent offenders and those who have been caught in the throes of their own disidentified shadow.

GOOLRUKH VAKIL received her Bachelor’s from the University of Bombay, her Master’s from New College in San Francisco, and her Doctorate from Sophia University. Born and raised in India and fluent in both Hindi and Gujarati, Goolrukh’s first career was as an immunologist, working in medical research at Stanford University. In private practice as a licensed psychotherapist, her research interests include the relationship between positive psychology, mindfulness, and psychotherapy.

TIM WILLISON received his Bachelor’s from U.C. Santa Cruz, his Master’s from C.S.U. Northridge, and his Doctorate from Meridian University. Tim maintains a private practice in California as a licensed MFT, and facilitates group counseling with the State Bar of California.

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