Saybrook University names full professors

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Mark Schulman, president of Saybrook University, announced this month the appointment of twelve faculty members to the rank of full professor. These appointments represent the first time that Saybrook University has chosen to bestow this rank, and recognizes the outstanding professional achievements of its senior faculty. 

These 12 faculty members represent an impressive record of scholarship, practice, and research in the fields of clinical psychology, creativity studies, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, human science, integrative health studies, organizational systems, and social transformation. Among the honors bestowed upon them are awards by national and international professional associations, foreign governments, and their peers. Many of these faculty have been honored by divisions of the American Psychological Association and have served as chairs of these divisions. All of them have presented and published extensively.

The Saybrook University colleges in which they teach and a brief summary of their professional backgrounds is provided below.

 Jeannie Achterberg, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine

Dr. Achterberg received her general experimental psychology from Texas Christian University. She is acclaimed for her work on the use of imagery in healing, psychoimmunology, behavioral strategies for the reduction of pain and anxiety, and the role of women as health consumers. Her research focuses on the psychological aspects of cancer, a comparison of biofeedback and physical therapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and a test of behavioral strategies for pain and anxiety associated with orthopedic trauma.

Art Bohart, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Dr. Bohart’s professional work has long focused on integrating different streams of psychological thought into something that is good for patients. His 1999 book How Clients Make Therapy Work was a breakthrough in research on the self-healing capacities that patients bring to therapy, demonstrating that the work they do to support their own growth and development can occur in nearly any psychological setting. Among the awards Dr. Bohart has received was the prestigious Rollo May award in 2007 for his contribution to humanistic psychology from the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). A regular presenter at major international conferences, Dr. Bohart was a full professor at California State University Dominguez for nearly 30 years.

Arne Collen, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Dr. Arne Collen received his Ph.D. in 1971, in experimental and general psychology from the Ohio State University, and since then, he has worked with a broad range of research methods and methodologies used in psychology, human sciences, and organizational systems. He is an active and regular contributor to several international organizations, professional societies, and publications focused on his research interests: Advancing research methodology for human inquiry; graduate education; research process and human knowing; exploring parallelisms and convergences among forms of human inquiry found in the arts, humanities, and sciences (particularly through visual arts based inquiries).

Amedeo Giorgi, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Dr. Giorgi received his Ph.D. in psychology from Fordham University. He worked as a consultant to government and industry as a human factors expert for about four years and then decided to become an academician. As a professor he taught at Manhattan College, then Duquesne University and has been associated with Saybrook University since 1986. Once Dr. Giorgi entered academic life, he became critical of mainstream approaches to psychology and he began to seek alternative approaches. He encountered philosophical phenomenology, especially the work of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, and he adopted that approach as a framework for developing an alternative approach to psychology. His specialty is in the area of psychological research practices, especially qualitative approaches, and he is the developer of a phenomenological method based on the thought of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty.

Tom Greening, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Tom Greening received his psychology from the University of Michigan in 1958. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and has been practicing client-centered, psychodynamic existential-humanistic psychotherapy for 47 years. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of five APA Divisions. He was Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology from 1970-2005 and now is International Editor. Dr. Greening is active in citizen diplomacy. His first overseas trip was with the Quaker International Volunteer Service in 1952, followed by a Fulbright Fellowship to Vienna. During the Cold War he made five trips to the Soviet Union and recently he traveled to China. He and Saybrook graduate Clay Foreman created Saybrook’s course in Citizen Diplomacy, the first such course in the world.

Dennis Jaffe, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine

For 35 years, Dennis Jaffe has helped families manage the personal and organizational issues that lead to successful and fulfilling transfer of businesses, wealth, values, commitments and legacies between generations. He has taught at Saybrook since 1981. He received his B.A. in philosophy, M.A. in management and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. As both an organizational consultant and clinical psychologist, he is one of the architects of the emerging field of family enterprise consulting. As a founding member of the Family Firm Institute, he has presented at many of their annual conferences, served on their board, written frequently for their journal Family Business Review, and was awarded the Richard Beckhard Award for contributions to practice. In 2007 he was named Thinker in Residence for S. Australia, where helped the region design a strategic plan for the future of their entrepreneurial and family businesses.


Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Stanley Krippner received his Ph.D. in special education from Northwestern University. A pioneer in the study of consciousness, he is one of the world’s leading researchers in dreams and also conducts research in the areas of hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that seem to question mainstream paradigms. He has received three awards from the American Psychological Association, including the coveted award for Distinguished Contributions to the International advancement of Psychology, and awards from universities as far away as Spain and India. He holds faculty positions in Mexico and Brazil, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and most recently received the “Ways of Knowing Award” from the Life Science Foundation and the University of Minneapolis for “exploring culturally based healing traditions and practices.”

Marc Pilisuk, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Marc Pilisuk received his Ph.D. in clinical and social psychology from the University of Michigan. His research studies have included a hospice in rural New Mexico, self-help support groups for post-mastectomy women, alternatives to civil commitment for the homeless mentally ill, the causes and prevention of war, terrorism and other violent conflicts. He has combined research, teaching and activism in the areas of caring and health, conflict resolution, community intervention skills, the human consequences of globalization, youth violence prevention, terrorism and environmental and social justice.

Steven Pritzker, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Steven Pritzker received his educational psychology from the University of Southern California. His research has dealt with creativity and film, collaborative creativity in writing and business; creativity and spirituality; audience flow; the effect of alcohol on creativity and the creative process in high achieving writers. His background in the business world includes experience in marketing, advertising, training, consulting, and marketing research. He worked in television writing and producing network television shows. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity (2nd edition will be published in 2011) and was Humor Editor for Psychology Today magazine

Ruth Richards, Ph.D., M.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Ruth Richards received her Ph.D. in education (educational psychology and science education) from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. One of the leading researchers on creativity in daily life, she is an educational psychologist and research psychiatrist, and in addition to teaching at Saybrook, serves as a Research Affiliate in Psychology and Psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA; Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2009, she was honored with the prestigious Arnheim award by the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts division of the American Psychological Association in recognition of her lifetime achievements.

Eugene Taylor, Ph.D.: Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Eugene Taylor received his Ph.D. in the University Professors Program at Boston University. He is a historian and philosopher of psychology, and an internationally recognized scholar on the life and work of William James. He specializes in the history of dynamic theories of personality, and the origins of existential-humanistic and transpersonal psychology. He is also a specialist in classical Asian psychology and writes on western interpretations of Asian ideas. He is chair of the Concentration in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology and liaison representing Saybrook’s Institutional Affiliation with the Philemon Foundation, which is bringing out, in addition to Jung’s Red Book, the 35.000 unpublished letters comprising the correspondence of Carl Jung and a new edition of Jung’s complete works. He has recently published (Springer, 2009), and is slated to receive the Abraham Maslow Award by the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32) in the American Psychological Association in 2011.

Timothy Weber, Ph.D.: LIOS Graduate College

Dr. Weber has been faculty and the Systems Counseling specialization lead at Leadership Institute of Seattle for over 17 years. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Weber specializes in couple and family therapy, working with children, adolescents, and adults. His primary writing and clinical focus is family of origin therapy. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Weber trains and supervises mental health providers and offers leadership training and consultation to executives and businesses. Dr. Weber completed a postdoctoral residency in family therapy at the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in New York, and was awarded the Wilson Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Family Therapy with Dr. Lyman Wynne at the University of Rochester Medical School in New York. He served as faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and was the Coordinator of Family Therapy Training. He has practiced as a Clinical Psychologist in New York, Colorado, and Washington. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and is an Approved Supervisor with The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).


Located in San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington, Saybrook University is the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and research. Saybrook offers advanced degrees in psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, leadership, and human science. For 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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