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Psychology Faculty

Luis Alvarado received his Bachelor’s from University of Connecticut, his Master’s from Vermont College of Norwich University, and his Doctorate from Meridian University. Luis has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2003 and works with the Marin AIDS Project to provide psychotherapy to person’s living with AIDS and their families.

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.

Sean Avila Saiter received his Bachelor’s from The Evergreen State College, and his Master’s and Doctorate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Sean’s area of research interest is the afterlife, transpersonal experiences, and mysticism. He is the founder of the Ludus Amoris Institute, co-founder of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, assistant editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, and sits on the board of the Society for Consciousness Studies. He has authored a number of editorial pieces and articles on transpersonal and integral topics.

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.

Patricia Berry received her Bachelor’s from Ohio State University, her Master’s from St. John’s College and her Ph.D.from the University of Dallas. Patricia has served as president of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the New England Society of Jungian Analysts. She lectures internationally and is the author of Echo’s Subtle Body: A Contribution to Archetypal Psychology.

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.

Matthew Carter received his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Sonoma State University and his Doctorate from Meridian University. With an extensive background working with urban youth and their families struggling with poverty, trauma, and addiction issues, for several years Matt served as clinical supervisor for therapists working with high-risk youth at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco. In private practice as a psychotherapist, Matt currently serves as senior clinical supervisor at St. Vincent’s School for Boys.

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. Virginia is a licensed Psychotherapist and has maintained a private practice in California for over a decade. A psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry in the  Intensive Outpatient Therapy team and a member of the Autism Spectrum Disorders team, Virginia provides education and advocacy for individuals and families.

Theo Dawson received her Bachelor’s from Antioch University and her Master’s and Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Theo is the founder and managing director of Lectica, Inc. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and papers on issues related to human development in journals such as Cognitive Development; Mind, Brain, and Education; The European Journal of Developmental Psychology; Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs; The Journal of Applied Measurement; and Developmental Review.

Justin Forman (Core Faculty) received his Bachelor's from University of Toledo, and his Doctorate from Meridian University. A licensed psychologist, Justin is a Social Cognition Specialist. His interests range from Research, EMDR, DBT and EFT to Initiation and Transformative Learning.

Matthew Fox received his Doctorate from the Institut Catholique de Paris. He is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian and activist and a recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award. The founder of the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality at Mundelein College and at Holy Names College, he has authored 30 books that have been translated into 48 different languages.

Cindy Lou Golin received her Bachelor's from California State University, Long Beach, and her Master's and Doctorate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She is a business coach and founder of Reel Discovery, a program that teaches and facilitates the process of movie going as a personal growth practice. She facilitates workshops, corporate trainings and teaches graduate school courses in Shadow and Integral Theory and Practice.

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.

Lakia Green received her Bachelor’s from The College of William & Mary and her Master’s from the Fielding Graduate Institute. She works as an Education Specialist for the Research Foundation for SUNY Albany and is a founding member of The Medusa Speaks Artists’ Collective. Her teaching and research interests include diversity development, transformative arts, organizational dynamics, and cultural and societal change.

Katie Heikkinen received her Bachelor's and Master's from Harvard University. She has a strong background in research, developmental psychology, and integral approaches to education. Her research has focused on perspective taking capacities. She has authored a number of articles and book chapters.

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’s 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.

Sue Ann Herron received her Bachelor’s from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her Doctorate from Saybrook University. She is the director and co-facilitator of the Person-Centered Expressive Arts concentration, and wrote her dissertation on Natalie Rogers’ work as relative to Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers.

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.

Elliott Ingersoll received his Bacholor’s and Master’s from Youngstown State University and his Doctorate from Kent State. As Professor of Counseling Dr. Ingersoll specializes in the areas of Religious/Spiritual Problems Mood Disorders Anxiety Disorders Substance Abuse & Dependence. He has a private practice and is a leading figure in the field of integral psychotherapy and is trained in scoring the Sentence Completion Test. He has published in many journals book chapters and is the author of several books including: Integral Psychotherapy: Inside Out/Outside in and Psychotropic medication for helping professionals: An integral approach and Psychopathology: An Integral Understanding of Etiology and Treatment of the DSM-5 Disorders

Otto Laske received his Master’s from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and his Doctorates from Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University (PhD) and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (PsyD). The founder and director of Inter-developmental Institute, Otto has taught the application of his interdisciplinary writing and research in human and adult development, Constructive Developmental Framework, to coaches, consultants and entrepreneurs internationally, for over a decade.

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.

Joy Meeker received her Bachelor's from DePauw University, her Master's from University of Notre Dame and her Doctorate from California Institute of Integral Studies. Joy is a conflict specialist and has worked with numerous groups on conflict resolution and mediation including the National Park Service, as well as with universities like Sonoma State University and Syracuse University. Her interests include Social Justice, Conflict Resolution, Social Transformation, and Transformative Learning.

Thomas Moore received his Bachelor’s from DePaul University, Master’s degrees from University of Windsor and University of Michigan, and his Doctorate from Syracuse University. He is the author of Care of the Soul, A Blue Fire-Selected Writings by James Hillman, and many other influential books.

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. His published articles include “The Spacious Center: Leadership and the Creative Transformation of Culture” and “Between Columbine and the Twin Towers: Fundamentalist Culture as a Failure of Imagination.”

Joseph Puentes received his Bachelor’s from Point Loma Nazarene University and his Master’s and Doctorate from University of La Verne. A Staff Psychologist at Sonoma State University, Joe is also in private practice in Santa Rosa, California. His research interests include the psychology of peak performance and 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. The Associate 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). Formerly a faculty member in both the Psychology and Counseling departments at Sonoma State University, she maintains a private practice as a clinical psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist, serves as a peer reviewer for the California Psychological Association’s Office of Professional Development’s Provider Approval Committee, and also serves as a peer reviewer for the APA journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly. 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.

Gisela Wendling received her Bachelor's and Master's in Organization Development from Sonoma State University and her doctorate from Fielding Graduate University. She was the Coordinator of Sonoma States Organization Development M.A. and was an Assistant Professor at Sonoma State University in the Psychology department. Her interests include Organizational Development, Ritual and Indigenous cultures.

Daniel Wile received his Bachelor's from the University of Chicago and his Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Dan has been in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist for over 30 years and trains psychotherapists in his unique approach to collaborative couples therapy. Dan has published extensively in the area of couples therapy, including his three books: Couples Therapy: A Nontraditional Approach; After the Honeymoon: How Conflict Can Improve Your Relationship; and After the Fight: Using Your Disagreements to Build a Stronger Relationship.

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.

Jonathan Young received his Bachelor's from Azusa Pacific University and his Master's and Doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology. Jonathan has a consulting practice as a Clinical Psychologist and teaches courses on mythic stories throughout California. Jonathan was the Founding Curator for the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library and is currently the Director of the Center for Story and Symbol. Among his publications in the area of mythological studies are the two volumes of his book SAGA: Best New Writings on Mythology.