Saybrook University introduces Ph.D. program focusing on Creativity Studies

Posted on: January 19, 2012

A complex fast changing world demands new, creative approaches to everything from corporate strategies to food preparation:  Saybrook University is pleased to announce the creation of a unique psychology PhD program specializing Creativity Studies.

Saybrook has a long connection with the study of creativity:  one of its founders was legendary psychologist Rollo May, who wrote The Courage to Create, and significant work on creativity was also performed by Saybrook faculty like Stanley Krippner and humanistic psychologists such as Abraham Maslow.

Today Saybrook is home to many of the leading contemporary scholars studying creativity, including Ruth Richards, Editor of Everyday Creativity, and Steven Pritzker, Co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Creativity.  Together, they are creating a community that helps students become scholars in their own right.

The program will appeal to students interested in studying every aspect of creativity, including the traditional arts as well as a variety of other fields such as organizational creativity, mental health, education and social transformation. The curriculum will also include research into aspects of everyday creativity including, family life, daily decision making, and relationships. This study of creativity will be both academic and hands on:  as they become scholars of creativity theory, students will also apply what they learn to enhancing their own creative process and providing learning skills to help others.

Steven Pritzker, Director of the program, stated: “Saybrook’s rich history and unique program has helped us attract a faculty that includes some of the foremost writers and researchers in the world. Students working on their thesis or dissertations will be able to work with leading scholars such as Mark Runco, Sandy Russ, Louis Sass or Dean Keith Simonton.”

The Psychology PhD Program specializing in Creativity Studies will allow students to participate without relocating:  most classes will be held online, at a distance – but students will be required to come to San Francisco twice yearly for conferences, intensives, and direct interaction with faculty.

Located in San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington and with students and graduates across the United States and around the world, Saybrook University provides humanistic values-based graduate education to nurture and professionally train and develop humanistic action-oriented scholar-practitioners. The University is comprised of the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic studies; the Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine; and LIOS Graduate College (Leadership Institute of Seattle).

For more than 40 years, Saybrook has empowered students to find their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook’s programs are deeply rooted in the humanistic tradition and a commitment to help students develop as whole people – mind, body, and spirit. Saybrook University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is also authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Authorization Act.

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For more information, contact Dr. Steven Pritzker, program director, at [email protected] and 415-681-6999.