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Joaquin2Joaquin Ais is currently studying at the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina) to get my degree in Biological Sciences. He started working at the Laboratoratorio de Neurociencia Integrativa (LNI) in February 2011 under Dr. Pablo Barttfeld’s
supervision, characterizing the autistic brain, its connectivity and its unique perception. This introduced me to field of
Metacognition. Which led me, afterwards, to study the metacognitive ability in adult subjects and analyze how this ability varies in normal population, utilizing different perceptual tasks and electrophysiological (EEG) correlations. Since October 2012, he became a member of the Little Teachers project. And currently I preparing my thesis project at the Laboratorio de Neurociencia, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT, Buenos Aires Argentina), under the supervision of Dr. Cecilia Calero. My roll in this project is to unveiling the rol of metacognitive’s skills for children during learning and teaching episodes.


Diane AliDiana Ali is a graduate of King’s University College of Western University, where she obtained an Honors Bachelor degree in Psychology. Her undergraduate research on Matrix Energetics was published in the Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research as a co-author to Dr. Imants Baruss and Carolyn Van Lier. For the past 9 years, Diana has been working as a Content Developer at, a youth mental health program that provides information, resources and coping tools to young people struggling with stress, self-harming behaviors, mental health issues and suicide. She believes that the exploration of inner consciousness can lead to personal growth, development and ultimately healing.



Greig Andrews DC is a PhD student in the Transformative Studies Program at California Institute of Integral Studies, with a concentration in Consciousness Studies. Greig’s dissertation is titled Integral Dialogue. Based on David Bohm’s work with dialogue groups, it offers a model for both expanding and anchoring transformation of consciousness in dialogue groups, augmenting Bohm(ian) dialogue with a transcendent/contemplative component and an embodiment component. This project includes as primary resources Bohm, Krishnamurti, Chaudhuri, Buber, and Skolimowski. Greig’s inquiry is inspired by extensive exploration of ideas about and approaches to meditation, spirituality, and consciousness, combined with decades of intensive study of Network Spinal Analysis, a transformational application of chiropractic (developed by Donald Epstein DC). NSA recognizes wholeness as integration of mind, body, and spirit. Likewise, Dr. Andrews sees mind, body, spirit, consciousness, as essentially not separate, all part of a broad spectrum.


Marcus T. Anthony, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor, English Language Center, Sino-US College (Beijing Institute of Technology), Zhuhai.  Anthony has worked in education for twenty-five years, teaching in Australia, New Zealand, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  He has held teaching or administrative positions at Trinity College (University of Melbourne), the Beijing No. 2 Foreign Language Institute, the International School of Beijing, and the University of Wales (Bangor) in Sichuan, and Bryant University. Anthony is a prolific writer and public speaker. He has published ten popular and academic books including Integrated Intelligence (Sense Publishers, Copenhagen).  He has also published fifty academic journal papers including in FuturesJournal of Futures StudiesForesightThe Journal of General Evolution and The Journal of Nonlocality.  His book chapters include chapters in the Causal Layered Analysis ReaderDoctoral Research in Management and Business in Hong Kong, and Neohumanist Educational Futures.


Mindy Atkin, Ph.D., ATR-BC LCAT, is a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed creative arts therapist, author and fine FullSizeRenderartist. Dr. Atkin maintains a private practice in Old Brookville, New York and provides clinical care in several skilled nursing facilities in New York. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries in New York City and Long Island. Dr. Atkin is the author of, ‘The Healing Power of Creative Expression’: Artwork of Martin Ramirez in Della Pietra, L. (Ed.), Perspectives on Creativity. Her interest in creativity as a healing mechanism promoting flexibility, adaptability and resilience (FAR) ™ was the focus of her dissertation research titled, The Long Term Use of Creativity in the Promotion of Healing in a Chronic Psychiatric Inpatient: a Case Study. Dr. Atkin has presented at Yale University, The American Psychological Association (APA), The National Alliance for Mental  Illness (NAMI), Long Island University and various hospitals in New York. Dr. Atkin supervises clinicians seeking licensure. As the Director of a Behavioral Unit serving chronic psychiatric aged adults she incorporated the daily use of creativity resulting in the utilization of the least amount of physical and chemical restraints according to the Department of Health in the State of New York in 2009. It is her goal to incorporate creativity as a therapeutic modality, and promote healing, for many individuals.


Elizabeth Avetisian is a PhD student in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with concentration in Consciousness Studies and Contemplative Neuroscience at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a background in Information Technology and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. She is interested in consciousness evolution and how it relates to the epistemological system that structures one’s cognitive framework, perceptions, and experiences which shape how one relates and communicates with others and responds to one’s environment.



Bernard J. Baars, Ph.D is former Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at Bernard Baars 2the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. He is interested in human language, the brain basis of consciousness, volition, and a variety of related topics. Baars pioneered a cognitive theory of consciousness called Global Workspace Theory, which is widely cited in philosophy and science. Together with William P. Banks, Baars has edited the journal Consciousness & Cognition for more than fifteen years. He has written an introductory text for cognitive neuroscience, called Cognition, Brain & Consciousness: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. Baars was founding President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.



wolfgang-baerWolfgang (“Wolf”) Baer received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked at Ford Aerospace as a mission analyst for meteorological and communication satellites before starting a company to develop computer graphics and simulation software.  Dr. Baer held a research professor position at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. He taught courses in network and network programming and specialized in using high speed low cost networked processors to integrate compute intensive real time video realistic battlefield simulation, rapid terrain data base creation algorithms into battlefield knowledge systems, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) mission control systems. His interest in developing UAV vision interpretation systems lead to the analysis of cognitive vision and consciousness studies. Dr. Baer now directs research at Nascent Systems Inc. in cognitive systems development and macroscopic quantum effects leading toward theories integrating subjective and objective experiences.


Debashish BanerjiDebashish Banerji, Ph.D. is the former president of the East-West Cultural Center and Sri Aurobindo Center, Los Angeles. Teacher of Asian Art History and Indian Spiritual Culture. Dean of Academic Affairs for the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles. Adjunct Faculty, Asian Art History, Pasadena City College, Pasadena; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Asian and Comparative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco; Executive Director, Nalanda International; Ph.D., Indian Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; MA Computer Science, University of Louisville, KY; BA English Literature, Elphinstone College, Bombay University. Debashish Banerji finds himself performing his liminal and dialogic identities from day to day between a variety of cultures, disciplines and social realities.


Amelia BariliAmelia Barili, Ph.D. is researcher and faculty at UC Berkeley, the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute and the Institute of World Religions. Recognizing the potential of university students and the needs of the community, she is dedicated to research how to foster creative thinking and social change by bringing contemplative practices and volunteering into academic settings. She has been very successful in creating and teaching at UCB such interdisciplinary courses as “Borges, Buddhism and Cognitive Science”, “The Embodied Mind: Harnessing Neuroplasticity for Wisdom and Compassion”, “Science and Spirituality” and “Each One Helps One: Neuroplasticity in Action”. All these academic courses include meditation practices at every meeting. Bridging the gap between the university and the community, Barili’s courses integrate intellectual discussion in class with volunteering at local NGO’s that assist refugees, immigrant families and scholars from other cultures. A life-long practitioner and teacher of Classical Yoga and Qigong, she graduated in 1972 from Kaivalyadhama Yoga School in India. She has lived in five continents, studying in many cultures the mind/body/spirit connections. In 2006, she designed and taught “The Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra. She is a Fulbright Fellow and has been distinguished with many awards, among them the UCB Chancellor’s Award for Public Service.


Imants Baruss

Imants Barušs PhD is Professor of Psychology at King’s University College at Western University where he teaches courses about consciousness. He is the author or co-author of 6 books, 48 papers, 22 reviews, and 97 presentations, mostly about fundamental issues concerning consciousness, including the book Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness, co-authored with Julia Mossbridge (American Psychological Association,  2017). He is a professional member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, Society for Mathematical Psychology, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences of which he a founding member. His web site


Mary Baxter 2

Mary Baxter is a Ph.D. candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies, currently completing her dissertation on the life stories of a group of non-traditional healers. She holds a BA in world religions and spirituality, and an MA in Transformative Leadership. She is a spiritual and energy healer.




BilimoriaPurushottama Bilimoria, Ph.D. is Honorary Assoc. Professor in Philosophy at Deakin University, and Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia; Visiting Professor and Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. He has held teaching positions and research fellows in Oxford, Harvard, Emory, Columbia, Stony Brook Universities, and The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla, 2012. His research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy, comparative ethics; Continental thought; cross-cultural philosophy of religion; testimony; emotions; bioethics, religion and Indian law. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Sophia, Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics; co-editor of Sophia Series in Cross-cultural Studies of Philosophy and Traditions (Springer).


Fariba Bogzaran

Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D., Scientist/Artist is the founder of the dream studies program at JFK University, Department of Consciousness Studies. She is one of the pioneers in the field of dream studies and conducted the first major quantitative research on the transpersonal experiences in lucid dreaming (1988-89) and was a member of the team of Lucidity Project exploring the science of lucid dreaming at the Stanford Sleep Laboratory. She has been an exhibiting artist and curating exhibitions inquiring into dream science and consciousness since 1985. Her art-based research, Images of the Lucid Mind(1996) and Through the Light (1997) and her dialogue with surrealists Gordon Onslow Ford and Roberto Matta led to the concept of Lucid Art. She is the co-founder and Creative Director of the Lucid Art Foundation. She has been writing and teaching about the art, science and transpersonal aspect of lucid dreaming for over twenty- five years.


Natanya Bittman

Natanya Bittman is a masters student of Consciousness Studies at The Graduate Institute and holds a BA in Religion from the University of California, Davis. When not in school Natanya is the Assistant Director of WholeHeart, Inc, a small non-profit in Northeast Vermont, which connects, convenes, and facilitates authentic conversations and experiential learning opportunities for those exploring their highest human potential.




david pppDavid C. Borsos, Ph.D., is interested in introducing Alice A. Bailey’s esoteric philosophy, especially as presented in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, into academic discourse and transpersonal studies. He earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University in 1994 and his PhD in Integral Studies with a Concentration in Learning and Change in Human Systems at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012. His dissertation reconstructed Jurgen Habermas’ theory of communicative rationality from the perspective of Bailey’s esoteric philosophy.




Jonathan Bricklin, Program Consultant to the New York Open Center is the the author of The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time: William James’s Reluctant Guide to Enlightenment (SUNY Press), and the Editor of Sciousness (Eirini Press).  His radical reconstructions of James have appeared in numerous journals.




Soren Brier2Søren Brier, Ph.D. (born 1951) is Professor in the Semiotics of Information, Cognition and Communication Sciences at the Centre for International Business Communication Studies at Copenhagen Business School, where he has been teaching philosophy of science as well as semiotics on five different communication programs. He has an MSc in biology from U. of Copenhagen, a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science at U. of Roskilde and a Doctor (Habil) of Philosophy at CBS. He is the founder and editor of the interdisciplinary quar¬terly jour¬nal Cy¬ber¬ne¬tics & Hu¬man Kn¬o¬win¬g; a fellow of the American Society for Cybernetics and was awarded with The Warren McCulloch Award; member of the board of Int. Ass. For Biosemiotic Studies and its Journal Biosemiotics, as well as the scientific board of The Science of Information Institute and Foundation of Information Science and of several scientific journals. His research interest is focused on the transdisciplinary foundation for the interplay between cybernetic and systemic information science, Peircean triadic semiotics and also in its modern development as a part of biosemiotics.

John BriggsJohn Briggs, PhD (aesthetics and psychology) has authored and co-authored several books on chaos, fractals and creativity, including Fire in the Crucible (St. Martin’s Press), Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos (Simon & Schuster) Looking Glass Universe (Simon & Schuster) and Turbulent Mirror (HarperCollins). Prof. Briggs was the editor of a 2012 collection of essays, Creativity & Compassion, How They Come Together (Karuna Publications). He is the former senior editor of Connecticut Review. He is a fine art photographer. His fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous publications. His collection of stories, Trickster Tales, appeared with Fine Tooth Press in 2005. His most recent book is a collection of photographs, Curtains: Windows on the Unreality We Live In (Between Lines Books, 2015). Briggs is an emeritus Distinguished CSU Professor of aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University and a Fellow at the Black Earth Institute.


Thomas Brophy is Executive Dean and Integral Health and Sciences Director at California Institute for Human Science, teaching Integral Theory, and forefront issues of mind-body cosmology.  He earned a Ph.D. in physics at University of Colorado, Boulder, working with LASP (Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics) and NASA interplanetary spacecraft projects, and was a National Science Foundation exchange scientist to the Japan Space Program, University of Tokyo.  Through partnership with Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, founder of CIHS, he has developed science-consciousness integrative research and teaching programs.  He has published peer reviewed scientific articles in premier journals, been a featured presenter at scientific conferences, and Integral spirituality meetings around the world.


Ian BrownIan D.D. Brown, ND a leading practitioner of performance medicine, he is a doctor trained at both the Canadian College (Toronto) and Boucher Institute (Vancouver) of Naturopathic Medicine. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005. He has done further training in mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical school, and preceptored with many notable doctors including Dr. Abram Hoffer MD, PhD. He is currently working on a book about Peak Performance, and was able to interview Gandhi’s physician about health and consciousness. He has been a nationally–awarded athlete, training and competing all over the world. His interests include mind/body medicine, consciousness, and exceptional states of human functioning.


Richard BrownRichard Brown is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Program at LaGuardia Community College. He is also a member of the NYU Project on Space, Time and Consciousness. This is a five-year project sponsored by the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Studied, directed by David Chalmers. Brown earned his PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Cognitive Science from the Graduate Center in 2008. His work is focused on the philosophy of mind, consciousness studies, and the foundations of cognitive science.



Robin Brown

Robin S. Brown, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst, and a member of adjunct faculty for the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. His academic work has been published widely and spans the disciplines of psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology, and transpersonal studies. He is the author of Psychoanalysis Beyond the End of Metaphysics: Thinking Towards the Post-Relational (Routledge, 2017), and the editor of Re-Encountering Jung: Analytical Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis (currently in production).



Richard BuckRichard Buck retired in 2002 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a 30-year career managing disaster relief in U.S. States and Territories. He has been on the adjunct facilities of Villanova University and the University of Delaware, specializing in natural hazards and disaster relief management. He holds degrees from San Diego State, Stanford, and Villanova Universities, and has taken graduate courses at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His current scholarly interest is the religious and philosophical basis for the formation of liberating human relationships.



Mali Burgess

Mali Burgess, Ph.D. is a faculty member at California Institute for Human Science, Self-Design Graduate Institute, Energy Medicine University, International University of Professional Studies, and consultant for Iris Institute. Her works as a visual artist have been shown and awarded internationally. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and Ph.D. from Union Institute and University. She is the author of digital and limited-edition publications.



JoanneJoanne Burtch is a Ph.D. student in Transformative Studies with a concentration in Consciousness Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her current research interest is the relationship between transpersonal psychology, religious philosophy, and theories of consciousness. A long-time student and practitioner of shamanism and of Zen, she is also an 18 year veteran of the corporate business world. Her MA is in Whole Systems Design (a transdisciplinary degree in systems theory, design philosophy, and leadership).



Etzel CardenaEtzel Cardeña, Ph.D. holds the endowed Thorsen Chair on parapsychology and hypnosis at Lund University in Sweden. Born and raised in México, he did postgraduate work in Canada, and the United States, where he got his PhD in psychology from UC Davis under Charles Tart, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford under David Spiegel. Etzel has been faculty at, among others, Georgetown University and The University of Texas-Pan American, where he was Department Chair and Director of the Graduate Program. He was elected President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Division 30 of the American Psychological Association, and the Parapsychological Association. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Studies, his main areas of interest include research on anomalous experiences (including potential psi phenomena), hypnosis (neurophenomenology of spontaneous hypnotic phenomena, hypnotic typology, cultural aspects, personality correlates, hypnosis for posttraumatic conditions, hypnosis and psi), and dissociative and acute posttraumatic disorders. Etzel’s teaching, empirical, and theoretical work has garnered multiple awards from five different organizations and he has been a consultant to the DSM-IV and the DSM-5. His close to 300 publications include Varieties of Anomalous Experience published by APA and now in its second edition, and the two-volumes Altering Consciousness: A multidisciplinary perspective. Etzel is co-editing a follow-up to the classical Handbook of Parapsychology. He also works in theatre and is the Artistic Director of the International Theatre of Malmö.

HerbCaronHerb Caron, Ph.D. was in the US Army, 1943 to 1946 : Pacific theatre, Okinawa, and Korean occupation of 1945. He Returned for graduate studies in Harvard’s Dept of Social Relations, 1946-1952 (Ph.D. 1953) with focus on social psychology (with Gordon Allport and Daniel Levinson), cultural anthropology (Gregory Bateson and Clyde Kluckhohn), and the behavioral studies of BF Skinner. Human evolution and “the beginnings of consciousness” have been his central dedication for the past 15 years, consolidating his central break with Skinner’s work. Most of his life has been in Cleveland, doing research on “patients’ behavior”, compliance with medical regimens, emotional and neural factors in asymmetries of facial expression, clinical studies of crises, and the supervision of dissertation students at Case-Western Reserve U, and teaching two courses per year for 22 years, mostly graduate courses in psychology. In more recent years, he has added clinical work and research, developing or perfecting techniques for improving lives of neurotically handicapped adults, including flooding for anxiety (along with T. Stampfl’s “implosive methods”), teaching quick and effective methods for relaxation, and methods for enhancing sleep and combating insomnia.

Steve_Carpenter_2_[cropped]Steven M. Carpenter is a Ph.D. student at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and he is Vice President of Advanced Resources International, Inc. He has been providing technical, engineering and policy support to private and public sector clients since 1986. He is a Subject Matter Expert for climate change, carbon and risk management issues for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), International Standards Organization (ISO), the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), the Energy Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF) and the US DOE. Mr. Carpenter’s focus is on carbon capture & storage and related climate change/carbon management issues. He has held public office and was elected to the position of Trustee with the Energy Mineral Law Foundation. Mr. Carpenter holds a B. A. in Physics from Earlham College.

Pauline CashionPauline Cashion has served most of her professional life as a social justice advocate and political organizer.  Before returning to graduate school she served as an administrator and organizer for various non-profit agencies in Texas and Washington, DC.  She holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Eastern Classics.  Currently she is a Ph.D. student in East West Psychology.  Her doctoral research is focused on Integral Psychology, Critical Psychology and Liberation Psychology, specifically, the integration of these psychology fields with holistic/transformative learning.


craigCraig Chalquist, PhD is department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches ecopsychology. He is Executive Editor of the Journal of Holistic Psychology and the author of several books, including those of the Animate California Trilogy and Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place, editor of Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. His website is



Jocelyn ChapmanJocelyn Chapman, Ph.D is a core faculty member in the Creative Systemic Studies Program, an online doctoral program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She teaches principles of systems thinking and second-order cybernetics in the context of developing creative practices that bring forth systemic change. She also teaches a wide range of qualitative research courses, with an emphasis on conceptual frameworks and methods that highlight transformative process. Her expertise stems from years of research in cybernetics and from embodying the conversation-based interactive teaching practices she discusses in her dissertation, Teaching into the Heart of Knowing in Online Education: Aesthetics and Pragmatics. She also teaches face-to-face classes at Santa Rosa Junior College in California, where she presents developmental math as personal development, inspired by Gregory Bateson’s learning of learning.

Enrico CheliEnrico Cheli, Psy.D. is a transpersonal psychologist and sociologist, professor at the University of Siena, and founding director of post-graduates programs on self-awareness, emotional intelligence and conscious relationships ( as well as a Ph.D program on conflict resolution. He is also the founder of a holistic interuniversity research center for peace and conflict resolution, the only one of its kind in Italy ( A staunch supporter of the need to build “bridges” between human beings, cultures and scientific disciplines, Dr. Cheli is President of the Holiversity Foundation for the study and development of holistic sciences and disciplines ( He is also a member of the 100 member Club of Budapest International, created by Ervin Laszlo. Professor Cheli is the author of more than 20 books, and many other scholarly works. Personal web site: E-mail address:

Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra, MD is a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine. He transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of more than seventy-five books with twenty-one New York Times best sellers in both fiction and non-fiction, his works have been published in more than thirty-five languages. Chopra’s medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board for The Chopra Foundation, the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube. He is Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.


Christopher CockranChristopher Cockran is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies how and why some scientists have broken with disciplinary consensus and started to build new forms of thinking, communication and institutional networks they hope will give rise to a new paradigm, not only in one discipline, but across disciplines. His ethnographic study is on quantum consciousness research, an emergent conversation that brings together scientific, ontological and spiritual issues, especially in the areas of quantum physics foundations and consciousness studies.


Allan 2012 photoAllan Combs is a neuropsychologist, system theorist, and consciousness researcher at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he directs the Center for Consciousness Studies. He is also Professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Combs is the author of over 200 publications on consciousness and the brain. His books include “Consciousness Explained Better,” “The Radiance of Being,” and “Mind in Time: The Dynamics of Thought, Reality, and Consciousness” with Ben Goertzel and Mark Germine. He was also the winner of the 2002-2003 National Teaching Award of the Graduate Liberal Studies Association. Allan is the Doshi Professor of Consciousness Studies; CIIS Director: Center for Consciousness Studies CCS@CIIS.EDU


CookeCarolyn Cooke (B.A. Smith College, M.F.A. Columbia University) is the author of Daughters of the Revolution, a novel listed among the best books of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker Magazine. Her short fiction, collected in The Bostons, won the PEN/Bingham award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway, and has appeared in AGNI, The Paris Review and two volumes each of Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. A new collection, Amor & Psycho, is forthcoming in August 2013 from Knopf. Her book reviews have appeared in Contemporary Literary Criticism and The Nation Magazine, and are featured regularly in the San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches in the Writing, Consciousness and Creative Inquiry MFA Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Carolyn Cooke


Ornella Corazza, Ph.D. is the Academic Research Lead and Principal Lecturer in Mental Health and Psychiatric Practice at the Department of Postgraduate Medicine at thCorazzae University of Hertfordshire. Previously, she managed the 2013 Health Award winning ReDNet, a Europe-wide research project funded by the European Commission, which aimed to develop innovative forms of drug prevention using Smart-phones and other technological tools. She is founder of the Mind-Body Medicine Interest Group (currently working on a project on Mindfulness and Addictions). Dr Corazza has a supplementary interest in the study of consciousness, and accordingly she is author of various publications in the field including her award-winning book ‘Near-Death Experiences: exploring the mind-body connection’ (Routledge, 2008). She specialized in Medical Anthropology, with a particular reference to substance misuse, while doing her Master and PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and University of Tokyo (Japan).



Sandy Coyne is finishing her PhD in Transformative Studies with a concentration in consciousness studies.  Her query is centered on healing consciousness that has been altered through bullying and other forms of compassion fatigue in nursing. The approach to this topic is through the lens of consciousness as a unified field, morphic resonance theory, nursing as an oppressed culture, and healing through community.



DenisDenis Criado, holds a PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. His thesis director was Dr. Allan Leslie Combs, David Peat external adviser and informal adviser Ken Wilber. He graduated at the University of Cambridge, England, researching and studying Eastern Theology in Buddhism, Hinduism and Psychology of Religions at the Faculty of Divinity, holding also a Masters in Social Science. He is a Master in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with specialization in spiritual psychology. Recently he has specialized as a transpersonal psychotherapist and mindfulness coach and consultant. He was raised in a Yoga family. He has lived in more than ten countries and speaks six languages.


Bruce Damer

Bruce Damer (“Dr. Bruce”) is a polymath scientist, inventor and designer who engages vision and imagination in the service of humanity. His scientific work at the University of California at Santa Cruz centers on the “Genesis Formulation”, a systemic approach to of the origin of life. For NASA he has created simulations and designs for numerous space missions. As a historian in the evolution and societal impact of computing he has collected and researched the rise of the digital lifestyle in his DigiBarn Computer Museum. Recently Dr. Bruce has focused on indigenous shamanic practice as a tool in the elevation and illumination of consciousness for planetary solutions. In his early career in the 1980s and 90s Bruce was a pioneer in the medium avatar cyberspace and built some of the earliest user interfaces on personal computers. Dr. Bruce is known world-wide for his provocative talks challenging humanity to set for itself higher standards and higher goals.


Anisa Dehghani 2013Anisa Dehghani is interest is in dreams and consciousness studies through neuroscience research. She is currently a PhD student in Neuroscience at Hacettepe University, Ankara in Turkey. She received her BSc. in Biology and MA in Neuroscience
from Iran. Her research focus was on Memory and Learning performance. She has been trained conducted various neuroscience experiments. She is also a novelist and has written more than 30 short stories, five novella, and one novel. Her writing focuses on the human condition, thoughts and doubts, and enigmas of life.


Kingsley DennisKingsley L Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer.  He previously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK (2003-08). Kingsley has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and consciousness studies. Kingsley has also worked in education for many years overseas, including five years in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the co-author (with Bente Milton & Duane Elgin) of the study ‘New Media for a New Future: The Emerging Digital Landscape for a Planetary Society’ produced as part of the Fuji Declaration for The Goi Peace Foundation. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including ‘The Phoenix Generation’ (2014); ‘Breaking the Spell’ (2013); ‘New Revolutions for a Small Planet’ (2012) ; Struggle For Your Mind’ (2012); ‘New Consciousness for a New World’ (2011); co-editor, with Ervin Laszlo, of ‘The New Science & Spirituality Reader’ (2012); ‘After the Car’ (2009 – with Prof. John Urry; and the celebrated ‘Dawn of the Akashic Age’ (2013 – with Ervin Laszlo). He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.


Christian de QuinceyChristian de Quincey, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University; Dean of Consciousness Studies at the University of Philosophical Research; adjunct faculty with Wisdom University. He is also founder of The Wisdom Academy, offering private mentorships in consciousness. Dr. de Quincey is author of the award-winning book “Radical Nature: The Soul of Matter” and “Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship.” His latest books are “Consciousness from Zombies to Angels” and “Deep Spirit: Cracking the Noetic Code.”


Daniel DeslauriersDaniel Deslauriers, PhD, received his doctorate (1989) in Psychology from the University of Montreal (Quebec) and conducted research at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and the Chronopsychology Laboratory, Carleton University (Ontario). He lived in Indonesia and has studied the religion and sacred arts of Bali, and trained in Gamelan music and Balinese dance. He was co-founder of the Montreal Center for the Study of Dreams. Daniel co-authored Le rêve: sa nature, sa fonction et une methode d’analyse (P.U.Q., 1987), has published articles on epistemology and narrative research, and and has co-authored (with Fariba Bogzaran) Integral Dreaming (SUNY Press, 2012). His professional interests in consciousness studies include: traditional and contemporary approaches to dreams and imagination, altered states of consciousness, spiritual intelligence, and integral psychology. He is also a practitioner and teacher of Unity in Motion, a bodymind integrative practice.


Deepti Diwakar has many interests related to consciousness studies. She has completed work in the evolution of consciousness at Schumacher College, and has published over 70 articles on consciousness and Indian spirituality. She is interested in quantum physics and consciousness, and has taught, lectured, and directed workshops on a variety of related topics.


Larry Dossey 2Larry Dossey, M.D. has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin (B. S., Pharmacy) and earned his M.D. degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 1967. Before completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a field battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. Dr. Dossey helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association, the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that city, and was Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in 1982. He is the author of around 200 articles and twelve books, most recently One Mind:  How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters (2013) . In 1989, Dr. Dossey introduced the term “nonlocal mind” into the written English language in his book Recovering the Soul. Dr. Dossey is the former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and currently the Executive Editor of Explore:  The Journal of Science and Healing. In 2007, he received the Pioneer of Integrative Medicine/Bravewell Award, and in 2013 he received the Visionary Award that honors a leader whose visionary ideas have shaped integrative healthcare and the medical profession.

Frank EchenhoferFrank Echenhofer is a professor of clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University in 1985. He has been a clinical research associate at Temple University and has been in private practice since 1985. His specializations, which bridge east-west psychology, are in the general areas of eastern and western comparative psychology, philosophy, and psychophysiology. He has done research in exceptional and deficit attention (ADHD, mild brain injury, single-pointed concentration and visualization meditation), EEG biofeedback for normalizing the EEG associated with attention and arousal level problems, and EEG assisted self-regulation methods for creativity, meditation facilitation, imagery self-regulation, and experimental transpersonal psychology. Frank has conducted research with Tibetan Buddhist meditators in India and meditators from the United States. He has lectured and written articles on the physiology and phenomenology of meditation, the integration of developmental and transpersonal psychologies, comparative biological psychology, and Eastern psychology.


Renee EliRenée Eli is a doctoral candidate in Transformative Studies with a concentration in Consciousness Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her research interests include the relational interstices of body with consciousness, process and participatory epistemologies, Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of the “flesh,” eco-ethics, ecology and health, and the intersection of science and spirituality. She is retired Physical Therapist and Healthcare Educator living in Asheville, NC.


William Everist

William Everist is an instructor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology from Saybrook University.




fenwickPeter Fenwick is a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge,] where he studied Natural Science. He obtained his clinical experience at St Thomas’ Hospital. Fenwick is a senior lecturer at King’s College, London, where he works as a consultant at the Institute of Psychiatry. He is the Consultant Neuropsychologist at both the Maudsley, and John Radcliffe hospitals, and also provides services for Broadmoor Hospital. He works with the Mental Health Group at the University of Southampton, and holds a visiting professorship at the Riken Neurosciences Institute in Japan. Fenwick is the president of the Horizon Research Foundation, an organisation that supports research into end-of-life experiences.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChris Fields, Ph.D. is an information scientist interested in the human perception of objects as spatially and temporally bounded entities. His particular interests include quantum information theory and quantum computing on the one hand, and creative problem solving, early childhood development and autism-spectrum conditions on the other. His recent papers have appeared in the International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Information, International Journal of General Systems, Advances in Cognitive Psychology, Frontiers in Perception Science and Medical Hypotheses among others. He is currently editing a Research Topic titled “How humans recognize objects: Segmentation, categorization and individual identification” for Frontiers in Perception Science. Dr. Fields began his career as an experimental physicist, obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science (University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985), and was an early developer of automated DNA sequence analysis tools and systems for the Human Genome Project. He has published over 130 refereed papers in nuclear physics, artificial intelligence, molecular biology and cognitive psychology. He holds U.S Patent # 5355435 (1994) for an integrated circuit chip that simulates a mammalian cortical neuron. Dr. Fields was the founding Scientific Director of the National Center for Genome Resources (Santa Fe, NM) and the founding Chief Scientific Officer of Molecular Informatics Inc.


Debby FlickingerDebby Flickinger is currently a full time student enrolled in the Transformative Studies, PhD online program at CIIS. Transpersonal experiences throughout her lifetime have inspired her to develop an improved after¬ school program for children ages 7-12 years old. She is working on creating an after school program Head Over Heels: Chakra Transformation One Consciousness, Mind, Body, Spirit and One Heart at a Time or H. O.H. for short. The idea is to develop a curriculum for teaching sustainable and relevant education to children.


MaryClare_Foecke_400x400MaryClare Foecke is a facilitator and consultant. She currently is a Ph.D. student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Transformative Studies Program. She served as an educator and facilitator at the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic from 2000-2010. She received an MA in Transformative Leadership from the California Institute for Integral Studies and a BA in psychology from Stanford University.



robert_formanRobert K.C. Forman has worked as professor of religion at City University of New York, both Hunter College and City College, and is Founding Executive Director of The Forge Institute for Spirituality and Social Change. His books include The Problems of Pure Consciousness, The Innate Capacity and “Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be”. In the Innate Capacity, he argues that there is such a thing as Pure Consciousness Event, a feature common to all mystical experience. This therefore distinguishes his work on mystical experience from that of constructivists such as Hjalmar Sundén. Forman describes his position as “perennial psychology” (a term which appears to originate with Ken Wilber), but he is keen to point out that this is not the same as perennial philosophy. As well as editing a number of books on the topic of consciousness and mysticism, Forman has worked as co-editor of the Journal of Consciousness Studies. He has also collaborated with Ken Wilber on work (Forman, Wilber & Andresen, 2000).


kentyah-fraser-20140116055756Kentyah Fraser is a DJ/producer, percussionist, aspiring writer, and burgeoning pop culture educator. As a one-time assistant and de facto mentee of Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) he learned the ropes of the indie music industry (both good and bad) from one of its most astute and consistent producers. Having managed Spooky’s Synchronic Records Kentyah chose, until now, to remain behind the scenes, but is now pulling back the curtain to boldly amble forth into the public eye as a producer, conceptualist, and on stage DJ personality. He currently is studying for a Ph.D. in transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies.


Aaron FraterAaron Frater, BA Dip A &C (Adv), Cert Craft Des, NLP Practitioner Cert, is a carver, a maker of 3D objects, and a painter. His first works (at the age of eight) were of soap and pumice, and now range from fine bone and shell jewellery to monumental sculptures in marble and Oamaru stone. Through his carving he celebrate the forms and movement of the world around us: the gentle furl of a seedling, light-play on skin, the grain of wood and stone. His large-scale sculptural works can be found in private gardens and homes. Each piece is unique, created to complement its surroundings.


Liane GaboraLiane M. Gabora is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia—Okanagan. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the Free University of Brussels. Her long-time interests are creativity, formal models of concepts and contextuality, evolution of human cognition, comparative study of evolutionary processes—biological and cultural, and light as a metaphor for enlightenment. Her new interests are merging of arts and technology; e.g., technology for facial animation and emotional expression, and applications of psychology of creativity research to space exploration. http://


-Jayne-GackenbachJayne Gackenbach received her Ph.D. in 1978 in Experimental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a full time instructor with Grant MacEwan University in the Department of Psychology. She has taught at the post-secondary level both in the US and in Canada for over 30 years. As well as being a past-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, she has 70+ professional publications and 17 book chapters primarily on dreams and higher states of consciousness. Dr. Gackenbach is editor of “Sleep and Dreams: A Sourcebook” (1986) for Garland Publishers. She co-edited “Conscious Mind, Sleeping Brain: Perspectives on Lucid Dreaming” (1988) for Plenum Publishers; “Dream Imagery: A Call to Mental Arms” (1991) for Baywood Publishers. Her first authored book is “Control Your Dreams” (1989) for Harper-Collins. Another expertise developed recently is the psychology of using the internet and video game play. Dr. Gackenbach’s edited a book from Academic Press (1998), “Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications”. Her research interest is video game play and it’s affects on dreams and the development of consciousness. In 2012 she produced two new books on video games. One coauthored with her gamer son, Play Reality ( and one which she edited, Video Game Play and Consciousness (


Bhaskar GargAnant Bhaskar Garg is at the Centre for Information Technology Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India (Dehra Dun Area, India) He is also Honorary Secretary & Member of the Executive Committee IEI, UKSC at the Institution of Engineers (India), IEI. In the past, he has been Exec. Comm. Member at CSI, Honorary Executive Committee Member at the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers, New Delhi, and Professor at DBIT, Dehradun. His research interests are human-computer interaction, learning and human behavior, bioinformatics, cognitive systems, and Indian Philosophy. He has authored Multidimensional Nature of ‘Information’: Computation and Cognitive Perspective.


Antoon GeelsAntoon Geels is Professor of History and Psychology of Religion, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University, Sweden. 7th Dan judo, Antoon Geels specializes in the psychological study of spirituality and mysticism. During the last few years he is strongly committed to the question in what way spirituality can contribute to peace and mutual understanding in our turbulent world. His books include Mysticism: A Variety of Psychological Perspectives (with Jacob Belzen), Autobiolography and the Psychological Study of Religious Lives (with Jacob Belzen), Att Mota Gud I kaos: Religiosa Visioner I Dagens Sverige, and Muslimsk Mystik: Ur Psykoloisk Synvinkel.



Judith L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D., is the author of Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You About Leadership and Making Hard Decisions. She is, also, a contributor and co-editor of Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Leading in the New VUCA Context and the soon-to-be-released Exceptional Leadership by Design. She has been a communication and leadership consultant in the world of Technical Communication and Information Technology since 1983. She is the founder of MentorFactor, Inc., the home of The Center for Flow-Based Leadership®, which focuses on helping organizations prepare for the unexpected by facilitating flow-based work environments. Judith has a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies, with a concentration on Integral Studies, from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an MS in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University.


ben_goertzelBen Goertzel, Ph.D. is Chief Scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings; Chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation; Vice Chairman of futurist nonprofit Humanity+; Scientific Advisor of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence conference series. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas. He has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Pratibha GramannPratibha Gramann holds a doctorate in Psychology and Consciousness from Saybrook University, S.F., and a masters in Higher Education and Counseling from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She does Inner Wellness Life Coaching. She researches ancient Indian texts and interprets them to express their relevancy for modern mind. She is working on a book to show the relationship of consciousness and materiality for human evolvement.


Lanier Graham, Ph.D. is a widely respected art Historian, curator, and cultural planner. World Art Press has been publishing his educational writings since 1988. Also known as a poet, printmaker, sculptor, and philosopher, he thinks of life as an adventure and likes to discover new things, much like an archeologist. Many of his books and catalogues document subjects that have not been explored in depth before. Several of his books have become standard references.


John GrandyJohn K. Grandy has worked as a physician assistant (PA) for 10 years in primary care, psychiatry, urgent care, and internal medicine. Prior to becoming a medical professional, he completed a master’s degree in neurophysiology with a second concentration in molecular immunology. He has published chapters and articles in medicine, science, and philosophy: In addition to neurological disorders, he does a lot of independent research in consciousness studies. In fact, Grandy has recognized and proposed the first neurogenetic account of human consciousness and delineated it into three neurogenetic phases.


Andrew GurevichAndrew Gurevich, M.A. lives with his wife and two children in Portland, Oregon. He is a professor of Writing, Religion, Literature and Philosophy at Mt. Hood Community College. Gurevich’s work integrates his training in literature, philosophy, and theology to explore the ancient mythological structures that underscore our modern psycho-social systems and philosophical paradigms. He is a Board member for the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness and is a regular speaker at their events where he explores the emerging interdisciplinary approaches to understanding consciousness (through quantum psychology, neuroscience and epigenetics). His work has appeared in Popular Archaeology,The Ecologist, The Voice, Reality Sandwich, The Mago Blog,, Current, and in the books “The Afterlife Survey,” “Mother Earth Book” and Dr. Karen Tate’s “Voices of the Sacred Feminine – Conversations to ReShape Our World.” He is a regular speaker at academic conferences, community lectures and on radio programs such as Dr. Karen Tate’s “Voices of the Sacred Feminine,” Haseena Patel’s “Leave No Girl Behind,” and his own radio show/ podcast which airs on KMHD/KMHD2 radio. He has written and lectured about the deep psychology of the climate change denial movement; epigenetics, neuropsychology and religious symbolism; Goddess mythology in the United States and in “Old Europe”; and the resurgence of the sacred feminine in the mystical traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He is currently writing a book about the Navajo/Pueblo myth of the Spider Woman and her mythological and cultural implications for modern society.


220px-John_S._HagelinJohn Hagelin, Ph.D., is a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, author, and leading proponent of peace. Dr. Hagelin has conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He is responsible for the development of a highly successful grand unified field theory based on the superstring. In addition, Dr. Hagelin has spent much of the past quarter century leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development, and the use of collective meditation to defuse societal stress and to reduce crime and social violence. Dr. Hagelin was featured in the hit movies What the Bleep Do We Know!?and The Secret for his cutting-edge research in physics, higher states of consciousness; and the peace-promoting effects of large meditation groups. He is currently director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, Professor of physics at Maharishi University of Management, President of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace, President of the David Lynch Foundation, and Director of the Maharishi Foundation USA, which overseas the teaching of Transcendental Meditation in the United States.


Stuart HameroffStuart R. Hameroff, MD is Director, Center for Consciousness Studies, and Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology at the University of Arizona. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and received his MD at Hahnemann in Philadelphia in 1973. He then moved to Tucson, where in 1975 he became the sixth resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona. Joining the faculty in 1977, Dr. Hameroff has stayed ever since. Dr. Hameroff’s research for 35 years has involved consciousness (how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness). Studying anesthetic gas mechanisms, he focused on how quantum effects control protein conformational dynamics. Following an interest which began in medical school in the computational capacity of microtubules inside neurons, Dr. Hameroff teamed up with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose in the early 90’s to develop a highly controversial theory of consciousness called ‘orchestrated objective reduction’ (Orch OR).


Syamala D. Hari, Ph.D. is a mathematical physicist, computer scientist, system engineer, and consciousness researcher. After a distinguished system engineering career of  25 years in the United States, she retired as a Distinguished Member from Lucent Technologies, one of the research and development wings of what was formerly known as Bell Labrtories.  She has contributed extensively to journals engaged in the scientific exploration of consciousness as it relates to the brain and made presentations at consciousness conferences including SAND, TSC, CIIS consciousness conference at Yale, and international Vedanta conferences.


Judy HartJudy Hart currently serves as Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing and Administrative Services for Business Lenders, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Company.  Ten years ago, Judy went through a tremendous personal crisis when her husband died of cancer. That event propelled her to pursue a dedicated spiritual search for meaning.  Through attendance at workshops offered by Pathways Institute and though her spiritual practice of Shin Buddhism, Judy has been on a quest to discover greater meaning in everyday life. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Consciousness Studies at The Graduate Institute.  Her goal is to combine her own personal experience with dedicated studies in order to continue her personal transformation, and to make a difference in the lives of others.


Glenn HarteliusGlenn Hartelius, Ph.D. currently teaches in the residential doctoral program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. He is editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, and serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the International Transpersonal Association. He teaches workshops internationally, and publishes in the fields of transpersonal psychology and consciousness studies. Past teaching experience includes instruction at the Ph.D. level for the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, in the online Masters’ program at Naropa University, and at the undergraduate level for Laney College in Oakland. As a somatic counselor and practitioner, he has treated more than 10,000 clients during 27 years of private practice.


Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey is a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Iowa, an M.S. in social psychology from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Colorado State University. He teaches courses in General Psychology: Brain & Behavior, Research Methods I & II, Social Psychology, and Environmental Psychology. His research and professional interests are in social psychology & environmental psychology, informal science learning, and environmental psychology.


Eva Henje BlomEva Henje Blom, MD, PhD received her medical training and PhD at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She specializes in clinical child and adolescent psychiatry in Stockholm since 1995.She has a deep interest in contemplative practices and their clinical and scientific applications, and has been teaching yoga and mindfulness in school settings, at a yoga center in Stockholm that she co-founded in 2003, and to students and staff at Karolinska Institutet.  She is currently a visiting scholar at department of psychiatry at UCSF doing research focused on cross-sectional functional MRI (fMRI) investigations of key brain regions involved with mood dysregulation in adolescent depression and the effect of early-onset depression on accelerated cell aging. She has developed a novel prevention and treatment protocol for adolescent depression “Training for Awareness, Resilience, and Action” (TARA) based on our current neuro-scientific understanding of depression and brain development, which also addresses depression from a systemic and ecological perspective.

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Sam Hinds is a student in Asian and Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is involved in the Visionary Billboard Project.



Addison Hoffman

Addison Hoffman is an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, with a specialization in neuroethics and a vast interest in psychedelic psychotherapy as anxiolytic for PTSD and terminal cancer.



Damon HoneycuttDamon Honeycutt is a grassroots martial artist, performer and yogi whose work involves the cohesion of many traditions. He holds an MA in Conscious Evolution and Integral Studies from The Graduate Institute and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts in Music Composition and Cross Cultural Studies. Damon started his training in martial arts and meditation at the age of 11, he sought out and learned under teachers, masters and institutions that would help him understand how to bring together the nature of tradition and integrate it with contemporary modalities. Damon is President of the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont and lives in Marlboro where he cultivates and teaches his expression of the Daoist arts. For more info visit


HsiehPo-Jang (Brown) Hsieh, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program at Duke-NUS. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College. He is interested in understanding how the human brain is able to perceive and experience the world. More specifically, he focuses on the problem of consciousness, attention, object/surface perception, and visual form-motion integration. He has been using fMRI, DTI, and psychophysics to tackle these problems via the study of various bistable illusions. His goal is to keep investigating the cognitive and neural bases of object perception, attention, and visual awareness with whatever techniques are necessary.


Ingrida IndaneIngrida Indane is a psychologist, educator, artist and a certified transpersonal psychotherapist from Latvia. She holds a degree in visual arts, arts’s education and psychology, and is trained in arts therapy and transpersonal psychotherapy. She is a board member and the executive director of European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS), coordinator of the Certification and Accreditation Committee of EUROTAS, founder and director of the Transpersonal Education Institute in Latvia. She has always been interested in consciousness studies and integrating new approaches in practice. As a painter Ingrida has participated in several art exhibitions with her art work. She is also interested in the interaction of consciousness and creativity, and she works with different people who wish to discover and develop their creativity.


Rick IngrasciRick Ingrasci, M.D. has a background is in psychiatry, holistic medicine, community development, and social entrepreneuring. He also plays a mean jazz accordion. He currently practices life coaching, mainly with leaders of non-profit organizations, and works closely with Dave Ellis, founder of Falling Awake ( and the Dave Ellis Leadership Series ( He co-founded Interface (Boston’s largest holistic education center), the American Holistic Medical Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Hollyhock, where he has been convening an annual Hollyhock Summer Gathering since 1986. He co-authored the bestselling “Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life.”


JelinekLiz Jelinek received a PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute for Integral Studies. She has studied Family Constellations with each of the world’s original Constellations Facilitators—who were trained by Bert Hellinger, creator of Family Constellations, and also with Bert Hellinger. Liz is Founder and Director of the MIDWEST INSTITUTE FOR SYSTEMIC CONSTELLATIONS in Ann Arbor, MI, and leads workshops and trainings for Constellations Facilitators. She offers workshops and trainings, and is available for Individual Constellations, using Playmobil™ Figures over Skype, with clients in such different areas of the globe, including South Africa, Israel, Guam, and the Philippines, and more.


Sundari Johansen

Sundari Johansen is a PhD student in the Asian & Comparative Studies department, studying the Shakta and Shakta Tantra traditions of Hinduism. She holds an MA in Asian & Comparative Studies, and a dual BA in Religious Studies & English. She established a formal temple to Kamakhya and the Das Mahavidyas in her home in 2008, which is now recognized by the state of California as a devi mandir (goddess temple/church).




Johnson_200x200John Hanlon Johnson is Professor of Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He founded the Somatics Program, the first of its kind, in 1983. After a brief career in teaching academic philosophy, he encountered various methods of deepening body experience and changing body structure-Feldenkrais, F.M. Alexander, Rolfing, Sensory Awareness, Orgononomy, Authentic Movement, Middendorf Breath Work, Rosen Work, Continuum, Body-Mind Centering, Osteopathy, and a host of others. His education in phenomenology enabled him to discern the potential of these then seemingly different and often competitive methods for helping create a more humane world at a time when they were seen principally as modes of personal healing and transformation. He saw that the fragmentation of these various schools was weakening their capacities for realizing their potential for individual and social change. Bringing to light those shared principles held the promise of posing effective challenges to harmful assumptions that shape medicine, education, political activism, and religion. Inspired by that task, he left academic philosophy for practical studies in these various modalities. He received his original training from Dr. Ida Rolf with whom he studied from 1970 until her death in 1978. He was a trustee of The Rolf Institute and author of the first book on Rolfing.


Kimberly Jordan2Kimberly Jordan, MA is a VAI certified facilitator since 2004. She worked intensively with VAI founder John Hoyle and his non-profit organization, The Institute of Conscious Studies, to develop a map of human consciousness, (a flowering of the work of G.I. Gurdjieff,) and a corresponding theory of human evolution which she believes offers crucial missing pieces in our understanding of our composition, our conflicts, and the challenges we face. She also co-authored the book Voice Activated Integration – An Experiential Way to Unlock the Unconscious and Free the Body of the Energy of the Past. She has an MA in Human Performance (psychology/physiology) from the University of North Carolina and is presently pursuing a second Master’s in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies.


ZoranZoran Josipovic is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and director of  the Contemplative Science Lab, at Psychology Dept., NYU. He is a founding director of the Nonduality Institute, and a founding member of Margam—metro-area research group on awareness and meditation. His research interests are  states of consciousness cultivated through contemplative practice, what these states can tell us about the nature of consciousness and its relation to authentic subjectivity, and what relevance this may have for understanding the global and local organization in the brain.  In his previous life he worked as a clinical psychotherapist, a bodyworker and has taught meditation seminars at Esalen Institute.


Shelli JoyeShelli Joye entered MIT on a Physics scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering. After working for three years with John Lilly in research involving interspecies communication via frequency modulation between dolphins and humans, she began exploring the interface betwen traditional maps of consciousness, physics, and mathematics. She then returned to graduate school where she earned an M.A. in Indian Philosophy. In 2016 Dr. Joye recently a PhD program in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, developing the Pribram-Bohm holoflux theory of consciousness under the guidance of Doctors Allan Combs, Brian Swimme, and Dean Radin. She is the President of The Viola Institute, a non-profit corporation working to establish a consciousness research/retreat center in Assisi, Italy.


kafatosMenas C. Kafatos. Ph.D. is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He is the Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, serving as dean in 2009 – 2012. He directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He has published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (with Robert Nadeau, Springer-Verlag and Oxford), Principles of Integrative Science (with Mihai Draganescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences Press), and more than 250 articles.


Stephan KaganStephen Kagan is an artist and author of contemplative poetry and the speculative fiction novel Augmented Dreams, the Singularity Palimpsest. With over 20 years of work experience in IT he currently works at the University of Victoria in beautiful British Columbia. He studied at Goddard College in Vermont, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India and has an MA in East West Psychology from CIIS in San Francisco. He has a long standing interest in the psychology of consciousness, ecopsychology and the melting point of psyche, technology and nature. Website: and Blog:


Aarsjom LaramdeAarshin Karande describes himself as a “Mindful Media Designer & Researcher” which entails exploring consciousness and beliefs as a confluence between media and culture. Currently a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics studying media and communication governance, Aarshin is advancing “mindful media” to consider the implications of consciousness studies on media and communication practice, production, and policy. By training, he is a designer, media producer, researcher, and Indian Classical musician. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington Bothell with degrees in media, communication, and consciousness studies. Aarshin intends to focus his critical and creative dimensions to unravel the curious dynamics among media, play, and consciousness. In 2014, Aarshin, along with Andrew Grant Stone, co-founded YantraWare to explore these issues and design play-practice tools for mindfulness.


BarbaraBarbara Karlsen holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Consciousness Studies Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. Her area of research is Eco philosophy, Formative Consciousness and the Feminine Divine: Towards an Integral Futurology. She has developed an eco-somatic methodology for awakening biogenesis, and psychogenesis. She teaches these workshops in Nature- connected to all of life- where we receive our true, Integral Mothering


Sean_Kelly2_220_JPG80Sean Kelly is Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa in 1988. Before coming to CIIS, he taught religious studies at the University of Windsor, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University (Canada). He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era and Individuation and the Absolute: Hegel, Jung, and the Path toward Wholeness. Sean is also co-editor, with Donald Rothberg, of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers and co-translator, with Roger Lapointe, of French thinker Edgar Morin’s book, Homeland Earth: A manifesto for the New Millennium.


Victoria KennickVik Kennick, Ph.D. is an historian of culture (Ph.D. University of Chicago) and professor of humanities (University of Maryland University College) whose work emphasizes the structure of spiritual development as evidenced in biographical accounts of key religious figures. Her writing includes The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Life of Buddha, Introducing World Religions, and Spiritual Masters of the World’s Religions (edited with Arvind Sharma). Kennick is active in interreligious dialogue, and her current projects include an examination of the Buddhist meditation traditions, and biographical research on Shams of Tabriz.


Anne KinneAnne Gratia Kinne is currently finishing her first year as a doctoral student in CIIS’s Transformative Studies Department, recently declaring a focus in Consciousness Studies. Her MA is in Theology with an emphasis in Feminist Theology from the University of San Diego, graduating with honors in 2002. Her BS, in 1999, is from Humboldt State University in Liberal Arts, majoring in Recreation Administration, with minors in Business and Leadership Studies. Her dissertation topic is forming, but will focus on “Somatic Divinity,” – embodying the Divine – and include the emergent consciousness that is occurring as part of the paradigm shift that is taking place on the planet; other elements could embrace Feminist Theology, Eco-feminism and Native American spirituality. She currently works as a Fellow for the Center for Writing and Scholarship at CIIS, and as a Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She volunteers with the Humboldt Folklife Society and the GMO Free Humboldt committee. Her previous accomplishments include publishing “Coast to Coast BBQ” in 2008; being (an almost) nationally recognized gourd artist, winning 3rd place in her first juried gourd art show. She currently resides along the shores of Humboldt Bay, in King Salmon northern California, with her partner, two cats and a dog.


Camille Kolles has provided executive leadership in the performing arts for nearly two decades and was a pioneer in the movement to employ music as an intentional tool for community development and social impact.  Having witnessed transformation through music, she is now pursuing a wider-angle lens on transformation as a PhD student in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is currently researching how the inner search for meaning and personal fulfillment connects with social purpose.



Elizabeth W. Krasnoff is a student in the Transformative Studies Ph.D. program with a focus in Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her current inquiry is into the self-regulation of the autonomic nervous system using sound. She is a certified Energy Healer through the Academy of Intuition Medicine Master Certification program (MIM). She has a Sound Healing and Therapy Certificate from the Globe Institute and completed the Heartmath training program. Her MA is in Depth Psychology and Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She started her practice, Sound Medicine, in 2016 to help clients deal with stress, trauma, illness and fatigue using sound.


Jurgen KremerJürgen W. Kremer, PH.D. teaches at the Institute of Imaginal Studies and is aReVision executive editor. He also teaches part-time at Saybrook Institute in the Consciousness and Spirituality Concentration and Socially Engaged Spirituality Certificate Program, as well as at the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. He is a scholar, writer, storyteller, and poet. Recently, he has written about the impact of colonization, ethnoautobiography, the bear, healing and cosmology, his travels in Sápmi, and various aspects of Norse mythology. He is a raven. His ceremonial practice of radical presence is anchored on a patch of land called Waltoykewel, the Nomlaki name for the area (near Red Bluff). Part of his spiritual work of decolonization is grounded in this aboriginal Nomlaki land; here he meets with a community of friends dedicated to the recovery of indigenous mind and nurturing conversation.


KrippnerStanley Krippner – is a pioneer in the study of consciousness, having conducted research in the areas of dreams, hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, and with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that seem to question mainstream paradigms. He is the co-author of Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work With Them (SUNY Press, 2002), Perchance to Dream (Nova Science, 2009), Mysterious Minds (Praeger, 2010), Debating Psychic Experience (Praeger, 2010), Demystifying Shamans and Their World (Imprint Academic, 2011), The Voice of Rolling Thunder (Inner Traditions, 2012); and is the co-editor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence, 2nd ed. (APA, 2014), as well as dozens of other books. He also has over 1400 published, scholarly articles, chapters, and papers.


Gary Lachman is the author of twenty books on the links between consciousness, culture, and the western inner tradition, most recently The Lost Knowledge of the ImaginationBeyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson, and The Secret Teachers of the Western World. He writes for different journals in the US, UK, and Europe, where he also lectures, and his work has been translated into several languages. He is on the adjunct faculty in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. In a former life he was a member of the pop group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born in New Jersey, since 1996 he has lived in London, UK. His website is


LesB. Les Lancaster is Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University, and part of the Adjunct Faculty at Sofia University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is currently Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and President of the International Transpersonal Association. Les’ research interests focus on the cognitive neuroscience of consciousness and the psychology of mysticism, with a specific focus on Kabbalistic Psychology. He has practiced and taught forms of kabbalistic practice for thirty-five years. Over his career, Les has disseminated key aspects of consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology to a wide audience, both academic and more popular. He is committed to the value of transpersonal perspectives in a range of professional areas, including coaching, therapy and management, and is presently Academic Dean for Transpersonal Psychology at the Professional Development Foundation, UK. He runs online postgraduate programmes validated by Middlesex University, UK ( In addition to many journal articles, Les’ published works include Mind Brain and Human Potential, winner of a Science and Medical Network Best Book Award, The Elements of Judaism, Approaches to Consciousness: the Marriage of Science and Mysticism, and The Essence of Kabbalah.


Kelly LarsonKelly Larson is the director of the Center for the Study of Yoga and Health, owner of Breathe into Balance, and founder of the Power Yin Yoga tradition. A highly experienced transformational consultant, Yoga and meditation instructor, speaker, author, and scholar, she is regarded as one of the world’s top private Yoga instructors. She integrates Yoga teachings from many master teachers around the globe, and offers Yoga retreats, workshops, and private sessions internationally. Her Yoga certification was completed in India, where she returns to lead retreats. Kelly has studied transformation for a number of years. She received her MA in Integral Transformation from Prescott College, and is a PhD candidate in the field of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Kelly’s doctoral research focuses on the scientific study of enlightenment. Kelly teaches Yoga as a transformational tool. She loves helping people one-on-one, and despite her busy schedule continues to work globally with as many clients as possible both in person and through virtual consultations.


Cedar Leverett is a Saybrook University doctoral student. Her research includes shamanism in relation to parapsychology; trauma narratives, creative processes associated with post-traumatic stress and healing synchronicity, within a framework of precognitive dreams that resemble mystical experiences. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, USA.



Tom Lombardo, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Future Consciousness and The Wisdom Page, the Managing Editor of the online journal Wisdom and the Future, and Professor Emeritus and retired Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and the Future at Rio Salado College, Tempe, Arizona. He is also an awarded Fellow and Executive Board member of the World Futures Studies Federation. He has published seven books and over fifty articles, and given numerous professional presentations, covering such diverse topics as the future of education; utopian and dystopian futurist thought; wisdom and character virtues; science fiction; the future evolution of the conscious mind; the “wise cyborg”; contemporary theories of the future; and how to heighten our future consciousness. His newest book is Future Consciousness: The Path to Purposeful Evolution and he is presently working on a new book series Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future. Dr. Lombardo is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and University of Minnesota and a graduate fellow of Cornell University. and


Olga LouchakovaOlga Louchakova-Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Comparative Religion at Sofia University. After attaining her M.D. at the Pediatric University (1983) and Ph.D.(neuroscience, 1989) at the Pavlov Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia, Olga Louchakova-Schwartz studied comparative religions and phenomenological philosophy. Her chief teaching and research activity is in psychology of personal transformation associated with contemplative practice. Professor Louchakova-Schwartz has been an invited lecturer in many academic, clinical and personal development centers throughout the world, including Esalen Institute and Catholic Mercy Center in the United States. Since 1992, she was a visiting professor at the Philosophy and Religion Department of the California Institute of Integral Studies, and at the StarrKing School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. In 1993, Olga Louchakova-Schwartz joined the faculty of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology where she has been a Professor of Psychology to the present day, and has founded the Neurophenomenology Center. Her academic specialties include phenomenological, transpersonal and cultural psychology, mysticism and comparative religious studies, with the emphasis on Hesychasm, Advaita and Shakta-Vedanta, and Sufism.

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Jennifer Lyke, Ph.D. is a counseling psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. She teaches courses in consciousness and anomalous experiences and sees clients in private practice.



Elissa LynnElissa Lynn is the 2002 Emmy winner for Northern California Education Segment. She holds a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences, and chairs California’s Climate Change Technical Advisory Group. She leads selection of global climate models for California’s climate change adaptation strategies, drought and flooding. She has won technical and management excellence awards for climate literacy and public outreach. Her 17-year broadcast career includes Chief Meteorologist at ABC, Sacramento. Her spiritual goals are to be the “beat reporter and journalist” for consciousness, to teach nonlinearity principals for daily living and create/host a dynamic, interactive Visitor’s Center for consciousness. “The Climate Therapist”


Magdalena is a Documentary Filmmaker, Media Advisor and Freelance Digital Journalist for MSNBC, and a Ph.D. Candidate from Department of Philosophy and Religion, at California Institute of Integral Studies. Her area of research is Evolution of Consciousness. She holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from Naropa University., a Bachelors Degree in Communications, with a Journalism and Theatre concentration, from James Madison University and is an Ordained Interfaith Minister from the New Seminary in NYC.


Jeffery_A_MartinJeffery A. Martin, Ph.D. is a CIIS and Harvard trained social scientist who researches personal transformation. He specializes in bringing rigorous empirical research and testing to transformational techniques and theories that have previously been supported anecdotally. Jeffery is a leading expert on non-symbolic consciousness (enlightenment, nonduality, mystical experience, union with God/nature, etc.). He holds several graduate degrees and specializes academically in technology, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and transformative studies. A bestselling author and award winning educator, Jeffery has co-edited, authored, or co-authored over 20 books and numerous other publications; appeared in a wide variety of media; and lectured broadly in both academic and public forums. Jeffery is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness.


Charles McAuleyCharles McAuley, Ph.D. is a features editor for and a freelance writer. He writes articles and essays for the noted cultural criticism site and award-winning newspapers, magazines and Websites that have included: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, The Petaluma Argus-Courier, North Bay Bohemian, North Bay Progressive,, Petaluma Magazine, Petaluma Post,, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Valley Magazine and others. Approximately 1,000 articles written to date. Scholarly writing includes publication in the Journal of Conscious Evolution.


Francesca McCartneyFrancesca McCartney, Ph.D. is founder and president of the Academy of Intuition Medicine® founded in 1984 and Energy Medicine University founded 2006 in California. Since 1976, Francesca has worked full-time as a medical intuitive, author and educator. In 1977, as the meditation instructor and medical intuitive at the Academy of Eastern Medicine, she became one of the first professional intuitives to practice holistic healing in a medical clinic. Dr. McCartney’s recent book is “Body of Health: The New Science of Intuition Medicine® for Energy and Balance.” Website:


David McConvilleDavid McConville, Chairman of the Board of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, is a media artist and researcher based in Asheville, NC. He is co-founder of The Elumenati, a full service design and engineering firm specializing in the development of immersive visualization environments inspired by Fuller’s Geoscope. McConville is founder of the Media Arts Project, an advisory board member of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Planetary Collegium. He worked closely with the BFI to organize the first regional Design Science Lab in 2006 and continues to collaborate with numerous community initiatives to develop systems-oriented solutions to energy, environmental, and educational challenges.


Laurel McCormickLaurel McCormick, Ph.D., has a multi-faceted background in social, self-transformation, and consciousness research, clinical social work, education, and also in teaching therapeutic horseback riding and facilitating equine assisted learning experiences. She received her doctoral degree in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University. Her APA award-winning dissertation investigated the experience of no-self as a process of self dis-identification and emptying self of ego as a continuum of integrated stages toward enlightenment. For the past several years Laurel has enjoyed working as a Life Guide specializing in assisting people with integrating and embodying spiritually-transformative experiences and with other life-changing events.


McDermott_200x300Robert McDermott, Ph.D. (Boston University, Philosophy, 1969) is Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at CIIS. He is CIIS president emeritus. He taught at Manhattanville College (1964-71) and is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Philosophy at Baruch College, CUNY (1971-90). His publications include Radhakrishnan (1970), The Essential Aurobindo (1974), The Essential Steiner (1984), and the “Introduction” to William James, Essays in Psychical Research (Harvard University Press, 1986). Dr. McDermott recently edited The New Essential Steiner: An Introduction to Rudolf Steiner for the 21st Century (Lindisfarne Books, 2009) and edited The Bhagavad Gita and the West: The Esoteric Significance of the Bhagavad Gita and Its Relation to the Epistles of Paul (SteinerBooks, 2009). Both of these volumes include the editor’s 80-page introductions.


Pamela MeadPamela Mead is in the process of receiving a MA in Consciousness Studies at The Graduate Institute in Bethany, Connecticut. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She regularly practices yoga and meditate, and has studied a variety of disciplines including astrology, tarot cards, palmistry, and synchronicity. Her interests lie in the mind / body connection and how connected we are as a whole. She is interested in the development of higher levels of consciousness and how to use this knowledge to help others. Currently she works for The Graduate Institute in admissions.


Scott MenascoScott W. Menasco is a Marriage and Family Therapist intern in California, where he graduated from CIIS with a Master’s Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology. While training to be an integral psychotherapist specializing in inner child and addiction’s work, Scott began a PhD program at CIIS in Transformative Studies with an emphasis in Consciousness Studies. Simultaneously, he is being trained by the internationally renowned spiritual teacher Dr. Peter Fenner, as a coach in Dr. Fenner’s Radiant Mind program. His research interests include psychological and spiritual growth, paradox, polarization and the body-mind, teaching not-knowing, and the Middle Way Philosophy of Buddhism


Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. who has a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University, has been involved in the study of transformations of consciousness ever since, as a graduate student, he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. He co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience, and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. During the 1970s, Ralph spent 10 years in the intensive study and practice of Agni Yoga, a meditative system of working with light-fire life-energies. He wrote Maps of Consciousness, one of the earliest attempts at a comparative cartography of consciousness; and Know Your Type, a comparative survey of personality typologies, ancient and modern. He was the Academic Dean for ten years, during the 1980s, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he taught courses there on “Altered States of Consciousness” and “Developing Ecological Consciousness.” He is now Professor Emeritus. He maintains a part-time psychotherapy practice, and conducts numerous workshops on consciousness transformation, both nationally and internationally. His books include The Well of RemembranceThe Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, and two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl.

Jeff-Mishlove-2015Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, president of the Intuition Network,  has been a writer, television host and producer, psychotherapist, businessman and researcher of extraordinary human capacities and psychic abilities.  His newest book is called The PK Man: A True Story of Mind Over Matter. Since 1988, Jeff’s weekly television program, Thinking Allowed, has been shown throughout the United States. During this period he has conducted hundreds of interviews with leading figures in psychology, philosophy, science, health and spirituality.  It is currently shown throughout North America on the Wisdom Channel — and is also streamed on the internet via the Wisdom Media Group. Jeff holds a unique doctoral diploma in “Parapsychology” from the University of California at Berkeley.  Awarded in 1980, it remains the only doctoral diploma in parapsychology ever awarded by an accredited, American university. Jeff is author of three previous books. The Roots of Consciousness: Psychic Exploration Through History, Science and Experience was originally published in 1975 by Random House. His second book, Psi Development Systems, based on his doctoral dissertation was released in 1983 as a Ballantine paperback. It is an evaluation of ancient and modern methods for training extrasensory abilities. His third book, Thinking Allowed, released by Council Oak Books, is a collection of thirty-two interviews from his television series. jmishlove@gmailcom


Monique MitchellMonique B. Mitchell, PhD, FT is the Executive Director of Life Transitions International and a faculty member in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Mitchell draws her inspiration from the children and youth she works for, the wellspring of life and love, and the various disciplines in which she has been trained (i.e., psychology, anthropology, capacity building, family relations and human development, thanatology, and social work). Her areas of specialization include life transitions and critical life events, grief and loss, child and adolescent mental health, the psychology of trauma, child welfare, and the phenomenology of consciousness. She is regularly invited to present at state, national, and international conferences to discuss best practices based on her child-centered research. Dr. Mitchell’s recent publications include, The Neglected Transition: Building a Relational Home for Children Entering Foster Care, from Oxford University Press (2016), and Living in an Inspired World: Voices and Visions of Youth in Foster Care, from the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Press (2017). Email: Web:

Edward ModestinoEdward Justin Modestino, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary neuroscientist with research interests that span attention, arousal, consciousness and various pathologies (i.e., ADHD, narcolepsy, PD, etc.) that fit within Reward Deficiency Syndrome. He has employed multimodal neuroimaging (fMRI, rs-fcMRI, DTI, SPECT) and psychophysiological (EEG, SC, IR photoplethysmography) techniques within his research. His education includes an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Psychobiology and a post-master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience both from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences from Florida Atlantic University.  He completed two postdoctoral fellowships in Neuroimaging, one in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia, and a second in Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine.  Currently, he is an Associate Lecturer of Psychology at Curry College in Milton, MA.

evgenymorozovEvgeny Morozov is a contributing editor at The New Republic and the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. In 2010-2012 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. In 2009-2010 he was a fellow at Georgetown University and in 2008-2009 he was a fellow at the Open Society Foundations (where he also sat on the board of the Information Program between 2008 and 2012). Between 2006 and 2008 he was Director of New Media at Transitions Online. He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and other publications.


julia-mossbridge-150x150Julia Mossbridge, Ph.D. is a Research Associate and Adjunct Faculty member of the Psychology Department at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Most of her research focuses on how humans integrate what we see and what we hear over time (perceptual timing), but she is interested in all aspects of timing, including the unexplained timing effects she analyzes in her recent well-publicized meta-analysis (e.g., ABC News 20/20, Wall Street Journal Ideas Market, Science Daily, and other media outlets). Julia is an engaging speaker, having given talks to audiences small and large, expert and non-expert. A peer reviewer for Brain Research, Perception, Cognition, PLoS One, and Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Dr. Mossbridge has competed for and received post-doctoral funding from the National Institutes of Health, and has been awarded graduate scholarships from the Acoustical Society of America, the Laura Ann Wilber Audiology Scholarship Fund, and Oberlin College. Julia’s Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders is from Northwestern University, her M.A. in Neuroscience is from University of California at San Francisco, and she received her B.A. with highest honors in neuroscience from Oberlin College. Dr. Mossbridge is also the author of Unfolding: The Perpetual Science of Your Soul’s Work (New World Library, 2002), and she writes about her attempts to find the soul in science on her blog:


Nathan Munn (1)Nathan A. Munn, M.D. is a tenured professor of Psychology at Helena College University of Montana. He received his Medical Doctorate from University of Washington and his psychiatry residency training at the University of Colorado. He practiced psychiatry for 10 years in Helena and has been teaching at Helena College for 9 years. He has published scientific papers and given presentations at international conferences. At Helena College he served as Department Chair and developed academic programs of study and unique course curriculum including “Introduction to Consciousness Studies” which he has taught for the past 7 years.


neppeVernon M. Neppe MD, PhD, Fellow Royal Society (SAf), DFAPA, BN&NP, MMed(Psych), DPM, DSPE, FFPsych is Director of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute ( in Seattle, WA; Distinguished Professor and Executive Director, The Exceptional Creative Achievement Organization (; Adjunct Full Professor, Dept of Neurology and Psychiatry, St Louis University, St Louis, MO. Dr Neppe has achieved an international reputation in numerous and diverse disciplines. These include international reputations as a Behavioral Neurologist, Neuropsychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist, Forensic specialist (Psychiatrist and Neuropsychiatrist), Psychiatrist (all the above under the peer-selected America’s Top Doctors), Physician, Phenomenologist, Neuroscientist, Epileptologist, Consciousness Researcher, Philosopher, Creativity expert, and Dimensional Biopsychophysicist. His Curriculum Vitae lists10+ books (see, 2 plays, 500+ publications plus editing two international journals. In Consciousness Research, Phenomenology, Epileptology and Neuroscience, his contributions have been pioneering and prodigious. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was the first USA based MD to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (South Africa) . He established the first Division of Neuropsychiatry in a USA Psychiatry Department (University of Washington) and then a model institute (Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute —PNI). He is originally from South Africa (where he mainly trained, with a Fellowship at Cornell University, New York, thereafter). He and his co-researcher, Dr Edward Close, have developed a major multidisciplinary scientific and mathematical “theory of everything” paradigm shift, the Triadic Dimensional Distinction Vortical Paradigm (TDVP) described in the pioneering classic, Reality Begins with Consciousness: A Paradigm Shift that Works (now in its 5th Edition, 2014,, and involving, inter alia, a unification of consciousness, dimensions and infinity plus the resulting philosophical model of Unified Monism. These are also described in numerous publications and reflected on the Vernon Neppe Research Site (, and the Vernon Neppe Gateway ( provides further perspective, including YouTubes at


Newberg-Photo-2011Dr. Andrew Newberg is a neuroscientist who studies the relationship between brain function and various mental states. He is a pioneer in the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field known as “neurotheology.” His research includes taking brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and trance states, in an attempt to better understand the nature of religious and spiritual practices and attitudes.  Learn more »



kate NobleKate Noble, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Washington, Bothell. She is an active scholar and has authored books about the theory and practice of spiritual intelligence (Riding the Windhorse: Spiritual Intelligence and the Growth of the Self), and the psychological development of gifted women (The Sound of a Silver Horn: Reclaiming the Heroism in Contemporary Women’s Lives). She also has co-edited a book about women’s talent development (Remarkable Women: Perspectives in Female Talent Development) and published numerous research articles about psychological development and spirituality, early university entrance, and the psychological and social challenges confronting highly intelligent adolescents and adults. Most recently she has been investigating the conditions under which people’s beliefs about consciousness and reality change and evolve (Fostering Spiritual Intelligence: Undergraduates’ Growth in a Course About Consciousness, Advanced Development, 12, 2010, pp. 26-49).



Jeremy Nurse is Digital Editorial Director at Closer to Truth. He has been responsible for developing a global community around Closer To Truth’s (CTT) content areas. He has led content and editorial publishing and distribution across all CTT channels and partners. Nurse has expanded CTT”s offering into the educational market and expanded distribution for its highly successful television series. He received a B.A. in English language and literature from Boston College, and attended the University of Oxford.




Serina Oehler is completing her BA degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her goal for the future is to get into a Transpersonal Psychology Ph.D. program. Her research interests are cannabis, schizophrenia, new treatment for schizophrenia and 41 more.



David PeatF. David Peat, Ph.D. obtained his PhD at Liverpool University and carried out research in theoretical physics at Queens University (Canada) and the National Research Council of Canada. He became a close associate of David Bohm until his death. In addition to scientific research Peat took a deep interest in the approaches of Carl Jung. Peat has organized a series of circles of Native American Elders and Western Sciences as well as between Artists and Scientists. He is the author of over twenty books exploring scientific ideas, looking at the social implications of science, investigating Jungian ideas, looking at creativity and exploring the nature of “gentle action”. His most recent books are A Flickering Reality: Cinema and the nature of reality and Synchronicity: The marriage of matter and psyche. In 1996 Peat moved to the medieval hilltop village of Pari, near to Siena, where he established the Pari Center for New Learning which runs conferences, courses, research projects and host an active program of visitors. The Center’s maxims are “The future has an ancient heart” and “science, spirit and community”.  


jack petrankerJack Petranker, J.D. works with the Nyingma Centers, a consortium of Buddhist organizations in California. He serves as general counsel, teaches MCLE courses and courses in Buddhist thought and practice at the Nyingma Institute, and serves as Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages. In addition, he is founder and director of the Center for Creative Inquiry, an educational organization that aims to encourage new ways of knowing and new forms of knowledge. His academic writing is in the field of consciousness studies, and he also writes in other fields. His legal specialties are non-profit law and immigration. His teaching specialties are the Time, Space, Knowledge vision of Tarthang Tulku, and legal ethics from a human perspective. His academic specialties are consciousness studies, Buddhism, time, and organizational change.

Puhakka_Kaisa_200x200Kaisa Puhakka, Ph.D., a native of Finland, has an interdisciplinary educational background with an M.A. degree in philosophy, specializing in Asian and comparative thought, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Psychology, all from the University of Toledo, Ohio. She also has a postdoctoral diploma in clinical psychology, specializing in psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies in New York. She continues her study of Hindu and Buddhist philosophical thought and a variety of Buddhist meditative practices, which in more recent years have included monastic Rinzai Zen. Dr. Puhakka joined the Clinical Psychology faculty at CIIS in 2001. She has taught a wide range of courses including psychopathology, transpersonal psychology, and cultural issues in clinical practice. She currently teaches in the areas of psychodynamic as well as existential theory and practice, the interface of Buddhism and Western psychotherapy, and spiritual and religious issues in clinical practice. Dr Puhakka has published a book and some 45 articles and book chapters in comparative philosophy, phenomenology, Buddhist practice in the West, eco-psychology, and the evolution and transformation of consciousness. She was formerly Editor of The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and remains on the board of editors for this journal as well as for The Journal of Humanistic Psychology. She has an active psychotherapy and consultation/supervision practice in San Francisco and Palo Alto.


Frances RackhamFrances Rackham obtained her first degree  in Psychology a long time ago in the ‘70s from Surrey University. She intended to stay on to continue studies either in Clinical Psychology or Parapsychology but life happened. She started work and settled down, thinking that she would pick up studies again after a year or so. That turned into much more than a year or so. She is now finally back studying for an MSc in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness at the University of Northampton. Her particular interest in this wide-ranging subject is consciousness and its source. She has yet to take a firm ontological position, but is fascinated by how teachings of ancient traditions are so complementary to theories of contemporary quantum physics. She is currently in the midst of writing her dissertation, which is exploring the locus of creativity and creative thinking.

Ruth Richards

Ruth Richards, M.D., Ph.D. is a leading researcher on creativity in daily life. She is a member of the psychology faculty at Saybrook University. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and her M.D. from Harvard University.



bryan-rillBryan Rill, Ph.D is Assistant Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Rill is an anthropologist and Director of CALC (Centre for Advanced Learning and Collaboration) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which researches the emerging field of co-creation and interaction design. He received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Florida State University and is aFulbright-Hays scholar. Bryan has researched EDMC (Electronic Dance Music Culture), examining how digitally mediated environments can engender radical shifts in worldview. In Japan he also studied Shugendō – an ancient philosophy that combines Buddhism, Shinto, Shamanism, and Taoism. He has since studied how to integrate those practices into the field of creativity and consciousness.


Adam RockAdam Rock, Ph.D is Senior Lecturer, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England. Dr Rock’s primary research interests are in the area of altered states of consciousness. He has mainly focused on shamanism, conceptual problem of consciousness, mediumship, alcohol cue-reactivity, spiritual emergency vs. medical psychosis, and psi.



Lynne RoffLynne is a transdisciplinary artist and scholar whose interests span all facets of the performing and visual arts and include creativity, complexity, integral, and consciousness studies. She holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Transformative Studies with a concentration in Integral Studies, and is adjunct faculty for the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage. Lynne is an educator, theatre arts administrator, production coordinator, theatrical designer, director, choreographer, and performer. Her current research focuses on the altered states of consciousness, nonlocal phenomena, and extreme somatic events experienced by performing artists during artmaking. Lynne’s current research project focuses on states of flow experienced by performers and audience members during performance. Lynne welcomes inquiries at: PO Box 3073, Homer, Alaska 99603-3073


Peter RussellPeter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest. At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation. He also has a post-graduate degree in computer science, and conducted there some of the early work on 3-dimensional displays, presaging by some twenty years the advent of virtual reality. In the 1970s, he was one of the first people to introduce human potential seminars into the corporate field, and for twenty years ran programs for senior management on creativity, stress management, personal development, and sustainable development. Clients have included IBM, Apple, Digital, American Express, Barclays Bank, Swedish Telecom, ICI, Shell Oil and British Petroleum. In 1982 he coined the term “global brain” with his 1980s bestseller of the same name in which he predicted the Internet and the impact it would have. His other books in include — The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.


Anngwyn St.Just, Ph.D. is a systemically oriented Social Traumatologist who holds advanced degrees from the Western Institute for Social Research and the University of California at Berkeley.  She is also a cultural historian, psychotherapist and somatic educator who specializes in developing multi-modal, cross cultural methods for trauma education and recovery.  Currently Director of the Arizona Center For Social Trauma, Anngwyn travels widely in North and South America, Europe, Russia and Australia teaching innovative ways of healing individual and collective trauma.  Dr. St. Just is the author of 9 books including Trauma: Time, Space and Fractals and Trauma and The Human Condition: Volumes I-V.


Sean Avila SaiterSean Avila Saiter, Ph.D. graduated from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University with a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and a specialization in education and research.  His area of research is in collaborative group process, theory formation, and selective attention.  He has also served as the Program Coordinator in the Integral Theory Department at JFKU in Pleasant Hill, CA (among other projects ‘in-the-works’), and has taught several classes related to the social sciences and psychology. He lived in Berkeley for 5 years with his wife before moving to his property in the Santa Cruz Mountains just north of the city of Santa Cruz, California.


Brenda Sanders holds a PhD in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware and did postdoctoral research at Duke University. She is a retired Professor of Biological Sciences from California State University Long Beach where she taught cellular and molecular biology, and environmental physiology, with over 100 academic publications, patents and presentations. She has also held senior positions in several environmental consulting firms and currently consult with international companies in business management, strategic planning and marketing strategy. In 1997 she had a spontaneous awakening into nonsymbolic consciousness (nonduality) which instantly shifted her experience of reality and ways of knowing, altered thinking patterns and changed fundamental aspects of her personality. Two decades of integration, inquiry and spiritual practice have brought fulfillment, joy and an evolving purpose. A part of her continues to be a scientist, by training and inclination. Yet, the nature of the questions that are of interest has changed toward a greater understanding of the nature of reality, the evolution of consciousness and its role in global change.


Ed SarathEd Sarath is Professor of Music in the Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, of which he was the founding faculty member and chair (1987-2007), at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance where he acts as the Director of the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies.   He founded and serves as President of the International Society for Improvised Music (   Among his five CD releases is New Beginnings, featuring the London Jazz Orchestra performing his large-ensemble compositions.  He is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, and the National Center for Institutional Diversity.


AmandaSauve_PhotoAmanda Sauvé. Amanda just completed her first year of medicine studying at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario. She became interested in the study of consciousness while taking Dr. Imants Baruss’ course ‘Altered States of Consciousness’ at King’s University College in Spring of 2012. Since this course she has done a lot of reading and self-analysis on the role of the unconscious mind on physical and emotional health. She is Métis, and her attempt to reconnect with the spirituality of her ancestors has further peaked her interest in the study of transcendent states of consciousness. She recently started a peer-led mental wellness group for medical students intended to help raise awareness of mental health concerns in medical school and to offer support and advice to her medical peers. Additionally she helped to organize two mindfulness meditation sessions for medical students to raise awareness about using meditation for handling the stresses of medicine. She is interested in further studying the manner by which the conscious/subconscious mind can influence physical health, and whether or not this can be accessed to promote healing and wellness. She intends to complement her medical studies with education on various alternative-healing modalities, as she believes many are beginning to recognize the value of a complementary approach to health and wellness.


AdrianAdrian Scharfetter is a current PhD student with CIIS in the Transformative Studies program, with a specialization in human consciousness. Currently Adrian is researching models of peak experiences and catharsis within depth psychology, inside the scope of entheogenic/psychedelic use. Specifically he is exploring MDMA and LSD and the medical/therapeutic outlets that exist with guided use for healing trauma. Currently he is working as an MFTi at the Jung Institute in San Francisco, and hopes to continue on as a Jungian Analyst once licensed.  Adrian resides in the San Francisco Bay area.


Constance ScharffConstance Scharff has a PhD in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery.  She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center and coauthor of the #1 bestselling book, Ending Addiction for Good. She speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the science and spirituality of addiction recovery – from the neuroscience of addiction recovery to holistic, evidence-based addiction treatment to advocating for greater access to care to all those who suffer from psychological disorders. She is particularly interested in the role of consciousness in addiction recovery. Dr. Scharff is an internationally recognized consultant who works with health care professionals in Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East to help find evidence-based addiction treatment methods that are locally sourced, affordable and culturally appropriate. Dr. Scharff’s writing and expertise can be found in a variety of publications from academic journals to popular press publications such as USA Today, Psychology Today, and Playboy magazine. She is also an advocate for the support of research into entheogens as a means of inducing life-changing experiences to enable recovery from addiction, depression, PTSD and other psychological disorders.


MarilynSchlitzMarilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She was President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences from 2009 to 2012. Her work focuses in psychophysiology, cross-cultural healing, and consciousness studies. She has given lectures, conducted workshops, and taught all around the country. She completed her training in psychology, behavioral and social science, and philosophy at Stanford University, University of Texas, San Antonio and Wayne State University, Detroit. She received her PhD in anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. She has been featured in various writings, interviews, and videos. As well, she has authored and co-authored numerous books, such as Living Deeply: The Art of Science of Transformation and Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine.


Mel SchwartzMel Schwartz LCSW, MPhil is a psychotherapist, corporate consultant and the author of The Possibility Principle: How Quantum Physics Can Improve the Way You Think, Live and Love. He is one of the first practicing psychotherapists to integrate the principles of quantum physics into a therapeutic approach for living with resilience and overcoming one’s struggles.  . Mel writes a blog A Shift of Mind which has been read by more than 2 million people. Mel’s TEDx talk, Overcoming Anxiety showcases how a shift in worldview can help transcend the epidemic of anxiety. Mel practices in Westport, CT and NYC and works with individuals, couples and organizations globally. Website: Email:


schwartz-109x150Michael Schwartz, Ph.D. is professor of art history and humanities at Georgia Regents University (Augusta). He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Northern New Jersey, He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He teaches courses in art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics, and world humanities. Michael is co-founder and standing co-lead officer of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle. He is Aesthetic Editor for Integral Life, and co-editor of and a contributor to the recent volume The Gift of Logos (2010).



2014 SAS head shotStephan A. Schwartz is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University, and a Research Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. He is the columnist for the journal Explore, and editor of the daily web publication in both of which he covers trends that are affecting the future. He also writes regularly for The Huffington Post. His other academic and research appointments include: Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing of the Samueli Institute; founder and Research Director of the Mobius laboratory; Director of Research of the Rhine Research Center;  and Senior Fellow of The Philosophical Research Society. Government appointments include: Special Assistant for Research and Analysis to the Chief of Naval Operations, consultant to the Oceanographer of the Navy. He has also been editorial staff member of National Geographic, Associate Editor of Sea Power. And staff reporter and feature writer for The Daily Press and The Times Herald. For 40 years he has been studying the nature of consciousness, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. Schwartz is part of the small group that founded modern Remote Viewing research, and is the principal researcher studying the use of Remote Viewing in archaeology. Using Remote Viewing he discovered Cleopatra’s Palace, Marc Antony’s Timonium, ruins of the Lighthouse of Pharos, and sunken ships along the California coast, and in the Bahamas. He also uses remote viewing to examine the future. Since 1978, he has been getting people to remote view the year 2050, and out of that has come a complex trend analysis. His submarine experiment, Deep Quest, using Remote Viewing helped determine that nonlocal consciousness is not an electromagnetic phenomenon. Other areas of experimental study include research into creativity, meditation, and Therapeutic Intent/Healing. He is the author of more than 130 technical reports and papers. In addition to his experimental studies he has written numerous magazine articles for Smithsonian, OMNI, American History, American Heritage, The Washington Post, The New York Times, as well as other magazines and newspapers. He hás produced and written a number television documentaries, and has written four books: The Secret Vaults of Time, The Alexandria Project, Mind Rover, Opening to the Infinite, and his latest, Agents of Change.


Simon Senzon, DC. has published fifteen peer-reviewed articles and four books, each applying Integral Theory in a myriad of ways. Best known for his Integral approach to the history and philosophy of chiropractic, he has also helped to pioneer an Integral approach to subtle energies, Integral Art education, Integral Biography, Health Care, the philosophy of medicine, and the new discipline of Reorganizational Healing developed by his mentor Dr. Donny Epstein. Dr. Simon completed his graduate studies in philosophy at Goddard College and his undergraduate studies in history at the innovative Delta College program at SUNY Brockport. He studied the evolutionary philosophers alongside classical philosophy and history. He received his chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic. Dr. Senzon is in private practice in Asheville, North Carolina, where he specializes in Network Spinal Analysis, Somato Respiratory Integration, and Reorganizational Healing.


Lisa Sheppard-Goodlett, PhDc, is currently researching the emergence and evolution of religious/spiritual consciousness in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elven character as integrated with Reader-Response Theory (RRT) and phenomenology. She holds a MPH and a BA in psychology, and is an adjunct psychology professor. Lisa is also a freelance copyeditor and proofreader with 14+ years experience. Her academic interests include consciousness and literature studies, expressive enactment, transpersonal literary theory, fictive and aesthetic embodiment, and mythopoeic narratives and systems. Lisa is a member of the Society for Consciousness Studies, The Tolkien Society, and the American Psychological Association, and is also a reviewer and promoter for Ervin Laszlo. Outside of academia, her personal interests include UNC Tar Heels college basketball, yoga, the beach, spending time with her Pit Bull and cat, antique jewelry, and wine tasting.


Mikey SiegelMikey Siegel is a consciousness technologist. He is working to create tools that facilitate people’s own path toward higher consciousness, self-realization, awakening, however it is you may describe the experience of transcendence. What if we could create technology that would help us in our own efforts to be more mindful, present, and accepting towards what is? This same technology would naturally also help us to feel better, reduce stress, be more peaceful, more accepting, and happier. He is currently a researcher at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has worked on robotics at Theranos, MIT Media Lab, and NASA Ames Research Center. He received an MS in robotics from MIT.

Charles Silverstein

Charles Silverstein, Ph.D. is the Program Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Consciousness Studies program at The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT. He holds an MA in Consciousness Studies from The Graduate Institute, and PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies.


Jim SmithJim Smith is a Doctoral candidate at California Institute of Integral Studies.  He is Treasurer and CFO of the Human Science Institute,  which is a transdisciplinary learning community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to creating a humane and ecologically sustainable global future through education and research.  As a founding member of Montana Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), Mr. Smith has a history of working with veterans and is deeply familiar with their issues. He has also trained members of the Montana National Guard and a cohort of mental health providers on issues confronting returning veterans and has trained volunteers, program leads and regional coordinators for PHWFF in Montana, Pennsylvania and New York. He received his MA in Human Science in 2015 from Saybrook university.


Roulette SmithRoulette Wm. Smith BS (Morehouse College), MS MS PhD (Stanford University), Further studies in medicine (UC San Francisco). An interdisciplinary (and humanitarian) inventor and problem-solver; a thorough researcher with a profound respect for ways of knowing and ‘taken-for-granted’ assumptions; and, a fearless and innovative scientist, scholar and thinker. His interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary specialties include: all neurosciences; the molecular biology of long-term memory in brain and the immune system; lentiviruses and other ‘slowly progressive’ phenomena (e.g., autovirulence and prions); computer and heuristic sciences; all aspects of artificial and natural intelligence; common sense and disorders in common sense (including evolutionary, developmental and economic consequences); logistic reasoning and consciousness involving all levels of individual and herd performances; ethnomethodology; and, philosophy of sciences. His interests in consciousness studies include ‘consciousness’ processes in ‘unconscious’, ‘sleep’ and ‘awake’ states in individuals at all levels of development, in teachers (and other professionals), and in herds. His research adresses implicate stress-activated viruses having the potential to effectively change the genetic code thereby giving rise to mistranscribed and/or mistranslated gene products (dubbed ‘GERRs’), preliophic devices and processes then can provide a unique opportunity to also investigate disorders in consciousness.


ZACHARYSTEIN-127x150Zachary Stein, Ed.M. received a B.A. in philosophy from Hampshire College in 2004 and an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2006. He is currently a student of philosophy and cognitive development pursuing a doctorate at Harvard. He is also Co-Founder, Philosopher of Education, and Senior Outreach Emissary at Lectica, Inc. (formally Development Testing Service, (DTS). Lectica is a research and development organization focusing on basic issues in psychometrics, test design, and human development. In recent years he has published in a variety of outlets on issues ranging from cognitive development and pedagogy to philosophy of education and interdisciplinarity. He is currently working on many projects, including editing and introducing a special issue of the journal Mind, Brain, and Education.


Timothy A. StorlieTimothy A. Storlie, MSW, Ph.D., is a psychologist, WA State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, medical social worker, author, futurist, and director of Health and Medical Information Research Services. He has over 20 years of experience providing health-related education, research, and counseling to hundreds of clients. Dr. Storlie also served as a community college instructor where for 10 years he taught a “standing-room-only” course entitled Therapeutic Communication for the Health Professional. A member of numerous professional associations including the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Independent Information Professionals, and the Special Libraries Association, Dr. Storlie is author of the soon-to-be-published Person-Centered Communication with Older Adults. Dr. Storlie is a member of the Expert Panel of TechCast Global—a research organization that produces authoritative forecasts designed to help governments, businesses and organizations adapt to a rapidly changing world. A Fellow of the American Stress Institute, his current research interests include disruptive social trends, the effects of stress on health in the older adult, integrative medical and mental health care, transformative daydreaming, and establishing jargon-free, plain language standards for human services professionals. In addition to counseling, research, writing, and teaching, Dr. Storlie enjoys coaching doctoral students. He graduated from Saybrook University where he earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a dual concentration—Integrative Health Studies and Consciousness and Spirituality. His dissertation was nominated for the Dissertation of Distinction Award. He also completed a post-doctoral certificate in Dream Studies. Prior to receiving his doctorate, he completed a B.S. in Education, an M.S. in Special Education, and an MSW in Social Work from Portland State University.

Joe SubbiondoJoseph L. Subbiondo, President of CIIS, has served as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at St. Mary’s College of California; Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of the Pacific; and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University. Prior to his administrative appointments, Mr. Subbiondo served as a faculty member in the English Departments at Santa Clara University and Villanova University. His numerous scholarly publications primarily focus on the history of linguistics, especially the seventeenth-century philosophical language movement. Presently, his principal publications and presentations explore the relationship between language and consciousness as well as the development of integral education.


PIreeni SundaralingamPireeni Sundaralgingam was born in Sri Lanka and educated at the University of Oxford. She currently lives in San Francisco. Her poetry has been featured in national newspapers, political journals, and anthologies in both the USA and Europe, including The Progressive (USA), The Guardian newspaper (UK), Cyphers (Eire), The May Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge Poetry (Cherwell, 1992), So Luminous the Wildflowers: an Anthology of Californian Poets (Tebot Bach, 2003), Contemporary Voices from the East (Norton, 2008), and Masala (Macmillan, 2005), as well as in college texts such as Three Genres (Prentice Hall, 8th edition, 2006). In 2003, Ploughshares named Sundaralingam as “One of America’s Emerging Writers”. In 2011, Pireeni received the 2011 N.California Book award for her role as co-editor of Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press).


Steve Taylor, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. Steve is the author of several books on psychology and spirituality, including The Fall, Making Time, Waling from Sleep and his most recent book Back to Sanity. His articles and essays have been published in over 40 academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, The Journal of Consciousness Studies and The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. His work has been featured widely in the media in the UK, including on BBC Breakfast TV, BBC World TV, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Radio Five Live, and in The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Independent.  Steve has also just published his first book of poems, The Meaning. Steve’s home page can be found at,


Terry TeatersTerry Teaters has a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He completed postgraduate work at Innerstages Psychodrama Training Institute of Houston. Terry became a contract psychodrama director at several hospitals and institutions in Houston and Austin, Texas. He has been a leader in the Mankind Project and is now a Psychotherapist and counselor in private practice. Terry organized and facilitated three ecstatic dance communities in the United States and is currently writing a dissertation on the topic. He is a PhD candidate at California Institute of Integral Studies.


Laurel Tien is a PhD student in the Transformative Studies program at California Institute of Integral Studies, with an interest in the application of consciousness studies in transformational teaching and learning. She is on Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a teaching and learning focused post-secondary institution located south of Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is Assistant Dean at SelfDesign Graduate Institute in Washington State.



Beth TorpeyBeth Torpey has had a career of over 25 years as a scientist in the environmental field, and recently (9/14) completed her Master’s with a good part of the thesis focused on consciousness studies, which is entitled, Global Sustainability, the Evolution of Consciousness and the Role of Water. She currently teaches Science and Spirituality online through the Vermont State College system, Community College of Vermont, and has been hired to do so again for the fall semester.  She is interested in staying up to date in the field as well as identifying resources that will help students better understand the issues.


natalie-trent-profileDr. Natalie Trent is a Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University in the laboratory of Professor Ellen Langer. Additionally, I manage the lab, which includes 35 members and over 15 studies being conducted on mindfulness as it affects and interacts with a variety of health and psychological outcomes. Part of this research also involves the effect of perceived time on biological rhythms, in which we have shown that time perception, not objective time, is reflected in blood glucose levels in diabetics. I also am currently preparing a manuscript reporting a nocebo study on the likelihood of catching a cold through being deceptively told one is infected. As may be evident, the research in the Langer lab is both interesting and diverse.
In addition to my work in the Langer Lab, I also pursue my own research in near death experiences, energy healing, and psychedelics. I also supervise graduate students from the Harvard Divinity School that wish to pursue scientific research into spirituality and consciousness. Recently, I began collaborating with Drs. Gary Schwartz and Mario Beauregard from the University of Arizona toward preparing and publishing an article and book manuscript on Post-Materialist Psychology and Science. Through this collaboration I joined the Campaign for Open Sciences ( and became the first signatory of the Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science.


Keith Turausky

Keith Turausky is a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are philosophy, consciousness, and philosophy of mind.




Boris van Meurs


Boris van Meurs is a student of psychology (cognitive neuroscience) at the University of Utrecht.




Ashok VaishAshok K Vaish is a man of many parts and he has allowed his life to be a tapestry of many many colorful threads. After an engineering degree from IIT Delhi in 1968, he went on to complete his PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from St Mary’s College in Moraga, California in 1981. From designing nuclear power plants and offshore oil rigs to working on artificial intelligence applications, Ashok Vaish has done it all. Since 1991, he’s focussed on nurturing the dreams and talents of others by providing start-up and seed capital to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Alongside, he has explored the startling terrains of Patagonia, the Arctic Tundra and many other parts of the world. His passions include nature photography, travel and wildlife, astronomy, archaeology, mathematics, science, human consciousness studies and philanthropy.


Akshya VasudevAkshya Vasudev is an Assistant Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry and Clinical Pharmacology at Western University, London, Canada since September 2010. With a previously firmly entrenched belief that the whole world is materialism and that is the only way to survive, he kept prodding on through Clinical Pharmacology, Medicine and Psychiatry until he realized one day that this is a useless pursuit. Be it serendipity or divine providence, he is now a seeker trying to find his way to reach and be the Self, if not in this lifetime, perhaps in another one. He dedicates the rest of his life to understanding the role of consciousness, and how various techniques of meditation and kriya could improve the lives of humanity using research and education. He currently has more than 40 published peer reviewed papers and a number of successful grant applications. In his recent book “Be YourSelf” he invites the reader to consider spiritual awakening through key vedanta concepts of knowledge, meditation and service.


Prasad Vepa (1)Prasad Vepa, a Silicon Valley resident since 1976, is a retired corporate executive. He hails from Chennai, India and came to the U.S. in 1968 as a graduate student at M.I.T. Prior to coming to the U.S. he worked in the Indian Government as an assistant to the Chairman of ISRO, India’s Space Agency. His academic training includes a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Political Science. He has had a deep interest in Vedanta for four decades, which he studied under various Swamis at the Chinmaya Mission, as well as on his own. He is a trustee and former Board Chair of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He gives popular talks on Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita and on applying Vedanta to navigating modern life – personal and business — sharing his insights with humor and passion.


MargaritaVidenova-LettMargarita Videnova-Lett is a certified hypnotherapist. Born in Bulgaria, she has resided in the US for 11 years. She is a member of IARRT and NGH, and has trained in Regression Therapy and The 15th Step Process. She holds a degree in music from the Institute of Music and Choreography, Sofia, Bulgaria and in Psychology from Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN. She worked as a pianist for the National Opera in Bulgaria and as a piano teacher in the US. Currently, she is attending MAP at Prescott College, Prescott, AZ concentrating in Philosophy of Mind. She published a book of poetry in Bulgarian. Margarita has a private practice in hypnosis and regression therapy.


Jenny WadeJenny Wade, Ph.D. is a lecturer, researcher, and consultant who specializes in the structuring of awareness, especially the spontaneous openings and intentional practices that expand human potential by accessing hidden or unused innate capacities. She is a developmental psychologist who studies processes that open gateways to greater possibility than is considered normal in everyday existence, but that is potentially available to all human beings. In addition to her research on unusual states of awareness, Dr. Wade’s extensive research of variations in normal adult consciousness form the basis of a leadership and organization development consulting practice. She has over twenty years’ experience working with Fortune 500 companies and multinationals in a wide range of industries to optimize performance. Dr. Wade is the author of Changes of Mind: A Holonomic Theory of the Evolution ofConsciousness, Transcendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens the Veil and numerous articles. She is on the core faculty of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto.


Alexandra WalkerAlexandra Walker, Ph.D. is an academic and the author of Get Conscious: A Guide to Your Inner Genius, Warrior & Lover. Alexandra is a Visiting Fellow in the College of Law at the Australian National University as she completes a book for Palgrave Macmillan entitled Collective Consciousness: How We Are All Connected. Alexandra has spent several years researching human consciousness and culture, with a doctorate from the Australian National University that explored collective consciousness & international law. Alexandra has a Master’s degree in International Law & International Relations and two undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts (Politics & International Relations) from the University of NSW. Alexandra also has a Graduate Diploma in Integral Coaching and works with individuals and groups as a consciousness consultant. See


Programmed by Samsung DVS Software R&D GroupRebecca Watford, Ph.D., is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies doctoral program in Transformative Studies. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and several teaching credentials. Rebecca has been an associate faculty member at Claremont Graduate University for eight years. She specializes in finding ways to foster equitable classroom environments that celebrate diversity and support all students so that they can experience successes. She is also an adjunct professor of Fine Arts. Her research engages a transdisciplinary approach to achieve a deeper understanding of the visual arts within a broader cultural and social context and to explore the connections between the evolution of consciousness and works of art.


Kerri Welch, Ph.D. is a philosopher of time, a professor, and writer. She teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies and helps manage Integrity Academy at Casa de Luz Center for Integral Studies.  Her upcoming book entitled, The Texture of Time: A Fractal Topology, explores the science of temporal perception against a backdrop personal narrative, natural history, the evolution of consciousness, neurochemistry, and the physics of time. Her writings can be found on her blog,  “The Texture of Time” and on



Jennifer WellsJennifer Wells, Ph.D. is a writer and professor, and has worked in video, film and radio. Her book Complexity and Sustainability (Routledge 2013), examines how complexity theories may advance environmental policy. She looks at complexity theories throughout the natural sciences, but also the social sciences, social theory, and philosophy. Case studies focus on climate change and the energy transition. The complexity framework she develops has numerous implications regarding converging, multidimensional global crises, and related environmental science, policy and management. The book explores and problematizes discourse around shifting social, economic and environmental policy from vicious to virtuous circles, and from piecemeal to synergistic approaches. After graduate degrees at Yale, Berkeley and the Sorbonne in Paris, in the fields of interdisciplinary environmental issues and philosophy, currently she is on the core faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Transformative Studies doctoral program.


Francie White 2Francie White is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the California Institute for Integral Studies, Francie is focusing her research and teaching efforts on inspiring meaning in the lay public through both teaching and experiential processes combining cosmology, physics, and theories of consciousness. In workshop settings and within her eating disorder treatment centers, where clients are faced with transformative opportunities, she is exploring a variety of methods to bring the works of Brian Swimme, David Peat/David Bohm, Henry Stapp and Leslie Combs to life. With her own science background and published research – BS in Health Science, MS Nutrition Science, and longstanding personal interest in cosmology & consciousness studies, Francie translates complex science theories, to reach what she describes as a disenchanted public, needing and ready for an updated view of the nature of reality. She has been a theorist and workshop leader in the field of eating, exercise and body image psychology for 30 years, with published articles, television appearances and recovery centers (Central Coast Treatment Centers) located in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obisbo California. Her Tending the Feminine Psyche Workshops use an integral approach to understand the anthropological, cultural and depth/archetypal psychology at the root of the eating disorder epidemic as it spreads through the modern world.

Dr. Robert Wright, JrRobert “Bob” Wright, Jr., Ph.D., COFT is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies doctoral program in Transformative Studies. Dr. Wright is the author of a study entitled The Role of Endogenous Cyclic Nitric Oxide Spiking in Motherloss and Existential Grief Recovery: A Modified Neuropsychological and Psychophysiological Heuristic Self Search Inquiry Approach to Stress Reduction, Homeostasis, and Healing. Dr. Wright’s study breaks new ground since his findings demonstrate that the same physiological mechanisms needed to induce relaxation also help us dissolve pain and grief. The study bolsters the linkage between the physiological mechanisms underlying the Relaxation Response and any method which causes a Relaxation Response to occur. Dr. Wright’s study is the first published study to show a correlation between grief, stress, and nitric oxide flatlining and grief recovery, stress reduction, and nitric oxide spiking. Dr. Wright’s passionate research interests include qualitative assessments of first and second person subjective bodily feltsense phenomena, explorations of bidirectional Ergotropic and Trophotropic Statebound experience, self-directed epigenetic neuroplasticity for peak experience and performance enhancement, Transdisciplinary and cross-cultural underpinnings of Jungian Topology, and translating the implications and significance of key scholarly study findings in nitric oxide and endogenous morphine research into language comprehensible to a popular audience. He is a Certified Open Focus Trainer, a Certified Practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnosis, a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP), and a Certified Seminar Leader (ASLA). Dr. Wright writes a monthly stress and anxiety reduction news column. Archival copies can be found at . Dr. Wright’s most recent eBook is entitled Orgasmic Relaxation: Unleash The Power Of Your Mind To Relax Using The Tension Relieving Technique (TRT). Dr. Wright is also the author of the forthcoming book entitled Orgasmic Relaxation: Finding Your Sweet Spot Using The Brain Plasticity Enhancement Technique (BPET) and the forthcoming eBook entitled Orgasmic Relaxation: Experience Euphoric Bliss Using The Dissolving Pain Technique (DPT).


Nikos YiangouNikos Yiangou was born and raised in South Africa. He received his bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology at the University of Sussex in England. While living in the UK, he became engaged in the principles and teachings of the Beshara School, founded by Bulent Rauf, that are steeped in the way of oneness and unification. Here he received his core spiritual education that was to become a life-long involvement. After immigrating to the United States, he became involved in the Ibn ‘Arabi Society, which promotes the translation, publishing and teaching of the great master Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi. He is President of its Board of Directors, and has participated in organizing over twenty-five conferences. The Society publishes a journal twice annually, and has been pivotal in bringing the work of Ibn Arabi to a western audience. He holds a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from ITP, and writes and speaks on topics related to consciousness, personal growth and transformation. He currently works as an IT manager in a Fortune 500 software company.


GinoYuGino Yu, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development in the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1993 respectively. After receiving his PhD, he taught at the University of Southern California and worked to establish multimedia initiatives including the Integrated Media Systems Center. From 1995 to 1997, he taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he helped to establish the Center for Enhanced Learning Technologies. His main area research interests involve the application of media technologies to cultivate creativity and promote enlightened consciousness.


NanNancy Zingrone has a PhD in psychology from the University of Edinburgh, and is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the School of Psychology at Northcentral University, a Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation, and the co-director of The Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education (The AZIRE), a virtual education project. 

Her primary passion is providing educational opportunities in the scientific and scholarly approaches to seemingly psychic phenomena and experience. Her other projects along those lines are the Parapsychology Online Facebook page, the Parapsychology Online website, and the Parapsychology Online YouTube Channel. Her secondary passion is teaching psychology, especially research methods and the history of psychology.
 She is also interested in online teaching in general, especially the use of virtual worlds for adult, undergraduate, and post-graduate education, and in the teaching of English for Academic uses such as providing education and support for non-native speakers of English as they prepare scientific or scholarly presentations for conferences, or prepare scientific or scholarly articles in English for publication.