Kirwan Rockefeller



Kirwan Rockefeller

Administrative Faculty

Saybrook University
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Kirwan Rockefeller, PhD, WIOA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education, is the author of "Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-doubt," and is the co-editor of "Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare," Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, "Whole Person Healthcare." Rockefeller served as the editor of The California Psychologist, the bi-monthly publication of The California Psychological Association from 2007-2012, and is a member of the American and California Psychological Associations.

Formerly Director of Education for the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) he has consulted with top national and entertainment organizations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Warner Bros., Paramount, and DreamWorks, on the accurate depiction of social and mental health issues, and addiction. He is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University in San Francisco, CA in the College of Integrative Medicine & Health Sciences and the College of Social Sciences. Rockefeller graduated from Saybrook in 1994 and his dissertation was entitled, "The context of meaning and biopsychosocial adaptations to HIV/AIDS by HIV-negative gay men: Multiple loss, reoccurring bereavement and survivor guilt." In 1993 he received Saybrook's Thuss Award for Doctoral Candidacy Essay Excellence for "Psychoneuroimmunology and HIV-positive long term survivors: A review of the literature." He teaches Imagery for Health, Spirituality and Health, Ethics and Health, Stress Management and is available to be a committee chair/member.

He has research experience in narrative inquiry, grounded theory, mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative), including survey design, semi-structured interviews, case studies, participant observation, thematic coding, and phenomenology. His research interests center on guided imagery, public and personal narrative, personal mythology, creativity, spirituality, LGBT-affirmative psychology, media and social psychology, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), integrative medicine and leadership development.

He lives in Newport Beach, California.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Addiction/Substance Abuse Substance abuse and addiction
Business/IO Psychology Executive Coaching
Coaching Executive and Career Coaching
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Shamanism
Creativity Studies Arts and healing
Dream Studies Dream studies
Integrative Medicine Guided Imagery
Leadership & Management Leadership Approaches and Practices
Media/Pop Culture Media Psychology
PTSD/Trauma Post-Traumatic Growth
Sexuality/Gender Issues LGBTQ
Education History
Degree Institution Year
PhD, Human Science Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA 1994
MPA, Public Administration University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1984
BA, Communications University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 1975
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association
Member California Psychological Association
Curriculum Vitae
Professional Skills
Editor, The California Psychologist, 2007-2012