Faculty Profile: Linda Riebel

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Linda Riebel

School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Bio:
Originally a clinician, I maintained a psychotherapy practice for over 25 years, specializing in eating disorders and cognitive therapy for depression, anxiety, and insomnia. I have published two books and numerous journal articles on eating disorders, and two books on food and the environment. I am deeply involved in environmental issues and articulating the roles psychologists can play in the cultural and economic transitions that are underway. I served on Saybrook's sustainability task force, which created the courses and certificate in sustainability, and on the team that created Transformative Social Change. In addition to teaching and activism concerning our food system and preserving wildlife, I serve on the boards of Sustainable Lafayette (sustainablelafayette.org) and SaveNature.Org, volunteer at Lindsay Wildlife Hospital, and participate in campaigns to transform our economy and lifestyles to sustainable ones. My most recent book is a biography of an opera star, and I also participate in Creativity Studies. I am a graduate of Wellesley College, University of Colorado, Goddard College, and Saybrook.

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

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Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ph.D., Psychology, 1981, Saybrook University

           (then called the Humanistic Psychology Institute).

M.A., Psychology, 1977. Goddard College.

M.A., History, 1969. University of Colorado.

B.A., History, 1967. Wellesley College.
 

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Currently, I'm working with Social Transformation to create the new specialization in Transformative Social Change. My environmental work includes serving on the boards of Sustainable Lafayette (sustainablelafayette.org) and SaveNature.Org, volunteering at Lindsay Wildlife Hospital, and participating in campaigns to transform our economy and lifestyles to sustainable ones. I am a graduate of Wellesley College, Goddard College, and Saybrook.

Current Publications

2012. Endangered Species: Saving Them and Ourselves. White paper commissioned by the Animals and Society Institute.

 

2011. The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet.  Lafayette, CA: Print and Pixel Books.

 

2010. Friedman, H., Krippner, S., Riebel, L., Johnson, C. Models of Spiritual
Development. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 29(1), 53-70.

 

2007. Hiatt, K., Riebel, L., & Friedman, H. (2007). The Gap between What We Know and What We Do about Childhood Obesity: A Multi-Factor Model for Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, 1 (1), 1-44.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significant Publications

2012. Endangered Species: Saving Them and Ourselves. White paper commissioned by the Animals and Society Institute.

 

2011. The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet.  Lafayette, CA: Print and Pixel Books.

 

2010. Friedman, H., Krippner, S., Riebel, L., Johnson, C. Models of Spiritual
Development. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 29(1), 53-70.

 

2007. Hiatt, K., Riebel, L., & Friedman, H. (2007). The Gap between What We Know and What We Do about Childhood Obesity: A Multi-Factor Model for Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, 1 (1), 1-44.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Conference Presentations

Ecopsychology as Social Transformation. American Psychological Association National Convention, August, 2005.

How Creativity Can Help Heal the Earth. American Psychological Association National Convention, August, 2001.

The Caring Paradigm and How to Get There – International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Bellingham, WA, June, 2000 (co-author)

Eating Disorders as Environmental Hazard – American Psychological Association National convention, August, 1999

How Psychologists’ Expertise Can Contribute to Environmental Healing -- American Psychological Association National convention, August, 1998.

Research Interests

Among many topics, I have published on eating disorders, delayed emancipation (adults who remain dependent), the self-sealing doctrine (a form of intellectual defensiveness), recovered memory, and professional practice issues.

Currently, I publish and blog about food and the environment. I'm also interested in animal-human relationships.

Research Expertise

As a clinician (retired from practice), writer, and teacher of critical thinking, I have general rather than specific knowledge about research methodology. I am good at helping students create defensible arguments from evidence and have basic understanding of a few of the most commonly used methods.

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

I’ve written an informal, friendly "survival guide" for Saybrook students in order to transmit practical lore about the processes of learning and navigating the procedures of our graduate distance education. This guide is available on request. In addition to clinical courses, sustainability, and ecological psychology, I teach the writing course and critical thinking, and enjoy helping students become effective advocates for their interests.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research 3
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Ethnography
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis 2
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research 3
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Hermeneutics
Grounded Theory 4
Phenomenology
Heuristic Research 3

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Nonparametrics
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling