Core and Adjunct Faculty
Bruce Alderman received his Bachelor's from University of Texas, Austin and his Master's from John F. Kennedy University. He has taught courses in the fields of counseling psychology, religious studies, and consciousness studies. Bruce compiled and edited the textbook, Social Issues Firsthand: Interracial Relationships.
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 (Core Faculty) received his Bachelor's from Colgate University, his Master's from Sonoma State University, and his Doctorate from Saybrook Institute. 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 (Core Faculty) 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.
Liz Cassanos (Core Faculty) received her Bachelor’s from University of Chicago and her Doctorate from Meridian University. Liz is a licensed psychologist working with adults and couples. She has a prior career in corporate communications and her research has been focused on numinous experience.
Lorna Catford received her Master’s from Sonoma State University and her Doctorate from Stanford University. For the last 17 years, she has been co-teaching the Creativity in Business course at Stanford University with Michael Ray, with whom she coauthored the book, The Path of the Everyday Hero. Lorna has lead seminars on creativity in corporate and academic settings for the last 20 years.
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 (Core Faculty) 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.
Kate Donohue received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and her Doctorate from Temple University. She is a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. Kate’s interests include dreamwork, depth psychology, EMDR, and Sandplay. She is a registered Expressive Arts Therapist.
Justin Forman (Core Faculty) received his Bachelor's from University of Toledo, and his Doctorate from Meridian University. Justin is a Social Cognition Specialist and is pursuing licensure as a psychologist. His interests range from Research, EMDR, DBT and EFT to Initiation and Transformative Learning.
Marti Glenn received her Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Florida. Marti was co-founder of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. She has been a pioneering psychotherapist and educator for over 25 years. She is a board member of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and has been chair of three of their past International Congresses. Marti was also Pacifica Graduate Institute’s founding Academic Dean. She is a licensed MFT and works in the following areas of interest: Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology; Somatic Psychology; Gestalt Therapy; Psychotherapy with Adults, Families, and Children; Clinical Supervision; and Group Psychotherapy.
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.
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 (Core Faculty) 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.
Kim Hermanson received her Bachelor's from Iowa State University, her Master's from the University of Minnesota, and her Doctorate from the University of Chicago. She has taught at, University of California Berkeley and Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Her books include Getting Messy: A Guide to Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination for Teachers, Trainers, Coaches and Mentors and Sky's the Limit, which received an Independent Publisher Award in 2005.
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.
Joel Kreisberg received his Bachelor's from Wesleyan University, his Master's from Prescott College, and his Doctorate from New York Chiropractic College. He has been in private practice providing integrative health services for over 20 years. Joel lectures and consults widely and he is the author of numerous publications in the areas of health and medicine.
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 Interdevelopmental 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.
Jeannie Lemesurier received her Bachelor’ s and Master’s from McGill University and her Doctorate from the University de Montreal. Jeannie has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist for over 20 years. Her primary interests include working with children and adolescents.
Courtney Lubell (Core Faculty) 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, An Anthology of the Writing of James Hillman and many other influential books.
Terri O'Fallon received her Bachelor's and Master's from Eastern Montana College, and her Doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Terri has over four decades of experience in the field of education as a teacher, administrator, and researcher. She has published and presented widely in the arenas of human development, organizational change, and transformative learning.
Aftab Omer (Core Faculty) 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.”
Ruben Perczek received his Bachelor's from University of California at Irvine, his Master's and Doctorate from University of Miami. His focus is high performance: supporting, executives, athletes, and leaders to thrive under pressure. He brings an astute understanding of psychology to the context of organizational leadership.
Orren Perlman received his Bachelor’s from Haverford College and his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University School of Medicine), completing his residency in psychiatry at Harvard University School of Medicine. For over 16 years, Orren has been in private practice as a psychiatrist. Orren is certified as a Diplomate and utilizes EMDR, Interactive Guided Imagery, and AEDP in his work with clients.
Laury Rappaport received her Bachelor's in Art Therapy from the State University of New York/ Buffalo, her Master's in Art/Expressive Therapy from Lesley College, and her Doctorate from Union Institute. Prior to relocating to California, Laury taught art therapy and expressive therapies at Lesley University for over 25 years. Laury is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. Additionally, as a Certified Focusing Trainer, Laury is a pioneer in the integration of expressive arts therapies with renowned psychologist Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing. Her book, Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy, is widely used in art therapy and expressive arts classes.
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.
Joanne Rubin received her Bachelor's from George Washington University, and her Master's and Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been engaged in clinical practice for over 30 years and has helped pioneer integral approaches to psychology over the last decade. She has published in the Journal of Integral Theory in Practice.
Sean Avila Saiter received his Bachelor's from Evergreen State College, and his Master's and Doctorate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Sean is the co-editor of the Journal of Conscious Evolution and has published many editorial reviews and articles.
Melissa Schwartz (Core Faculty) 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, is a member of the California Psychological Association’s MCEP Review Committee, and is a Peer Reviewer for the APA journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly. Her interests include the psychology of women, adult development, and qualitative research.
Vernice Solimar received her Bacholor's from Hunter College, her Master's from Long Island University, and her Doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the founding chair of the Integral Psychology master's program at JFK University and director and co-founder, along with Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership at the UN, of the Leadership for Social Transformation certificate also at John F. Kennedy University.
Linda Sussman received her Bachelor's from Pomona College, her Master's from the University of Redlands, and her Doctorate from the Union Institute. Linda is a storyteller and mythologist who has been a teacher of storytelling for 20 years. Linda’s publications include her book on the story of Parzival, The Speech of the Grail: A Journey Toward Speaking that Heals and Transforms.
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 (Core Faculty) 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.
Keith Witt received his Bachelor's and Master's from University of California at Santa Barbara and his Doctorate from The Fielding Institute. He is a licenced psychologist with an active private practice for over 30 years. He is the author of numerous books including Waking Up: Psychotherapy as Art, Spirituality and Science. His specialties include love, sexuality, integral theory, and assertiveness.
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.