Faculty Profile: Robert Flax

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Robert Flax

School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Bio:
Bob Flax, Ph.D. is a psychologist, organization development consultant, activist, and teacher. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member and Research Coordinator at Saybrook University, Vice President of the Democratic World Federalists http://www.dwfed.org/, and on the Council of the World Federalist Movement http://www.wfm-igp.org/site/wfm-home. Bob has a B.A. in psychology and philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in psychology from Long Island University, an M.A. in organization development from Sonoma State University, and a Ph.D. from Saybrook Institute.

During the Spring 2014 semester, Dr. Flax will be teaching Overview of Transformative Social Change Interventions (TSC 6615), Systems of Psychotherapy (2025) and working with students on independent studies, theses, essays, and dissertations.

Dr. Flax began his career as a psychotherapist in the late 1970's. His initial work focused on psychotherapy integration and therapist growth and development. From his 16 years of experience working in the prison system and traveling internationally he was struck by the way large systems contribute to human suffering. As a result he pursued training in organization development and conflict resolution, expanding his focus to include organizational, community and global systems. This led to his current involvement with the World Federalist movement – an effort to create a democratically elected, global federal government, capable of ending war and responding to today’s most pressing problems.

As a Therapist, he worked at the Boerum Hill Rehabilitation Residence, the Marin County Psychiatric Emergency Services, the Bay Area Depression & Anxiety Treatment Center, the California Department of Corrections, and in private practice. He trained at the New Institute for Gestalt Therapy, the Contextual Therapy Center, and The Bay Area Depression Treatment Center.

As an Administrator/Supervisor, he managed the East/West Center for Holistic Health, founded and directed the Contextual Psychotherapy Associates, supervised the residential program at Westside Lodge, co-directed the Bay Area Depression & Anxiety Treatment Center, coordinated a graduate program in Clinical Psychology at Sierra University, and served as a Supervisor with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

As an Educator, he has been on the faculty of LaGuardia Community College, Sierra University, William Lyon University, John F. Kennedy University, and The Professional School of Psychology. He has taught courses and seminars in psychology, organization development, social change and research. He has also conducted workshops nationally in therapeutic effectiveness.

As a Consultant, he has conducted organizational development, leadership, and communications training programs for a number of organizations ranging from small non-profits to IBM.

As a Social Change Agent, he has been involved in prison reform, building intentional communities, conflict resolution, and citizen diplomacy in Nepal and Burundi.

Dr. Flax lives in a cohousing community in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys outdoor adventure activities, swing dancing and meditation.

Approval status: Chair or serve as a reader on thesis/project, essay, and/or dissertation committees.

Faculty member is qualified to direct the following research methods: Action research, interview research, and thematic analysis. He is also experienced with the following methods: Appreciative Inquiry, case studies, experiments, focus groups, grounded theory, historical/archival research, narrative inquiry, observational research, and the phenomenological method.

His current interests and activities include:

• World Federalism - Establishing a democratically elected world government capable of ending war and effectively addressing major world problems.
• Intentional Communities - Building collaborative and sustainable communities and neighborhoods.

Dr. Flax is also available to work with students in these areas:

• Citizen Diplomacy
• Conflict Resolution
• Holistic Health
• Organizational Culture
• Prison Reform
• Psychotherapy Effectiveness
• Psychotherapist Growth and Development
• Psychotherapy Integration
• Restorative Justice
• Spiritual Practice""

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses


Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution



M.A. in organization development from Sonoma State University, 2007.

Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook Institute, 1992.

M.A. in psychology from Long Island University, 1980.

B.A. in psychology and philosophy from New York University, 1977.
 
 
 

 

Current Projects and Professional Activities

·      World Federalism - Establishing a democratically elected world government capable of ending war and effectively addressing major world problems.

·      Intentional Communities - Building collaborative and sustainable communities and neighborhoods.

Important Conference Presentations


Research Interests

·      World Federalism - Establishing a democratically elected world government capable of ending war and effectively addressing major world problems.

·      Intentional Communities - Building collaborative and sustainable communities and neighborhoods.

Dr. Flax is also available to work with students in these areas:

·      Citizen Diplomacy

·      Conflict Resolution

·      Holistic Health

·      Organizational Culture

·      Prison Reform

·      Psychotherapy Effectiveness

·      Psychotherapist Growth and Development

·      Psychotherapy Integration

·      Restorative Justice

·      Spiritual Practice

·      Sustainability

 

 

 

Research Expertise


Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

I am a Saybrook graduate so I know the in's and out's of the program and work well with students. I'm especially good with helping students brainstorm research projects and career directions.

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 1
Field Experiments 1,3
Randomized Controlled Clinical 1,3
Quasi-experimental methods 1,3
Correlational Methods 1,3

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research 1,2,3,4
Survey Research 1,3,4
Interview Research 1,2,3,4
Observational Research 1,3,4
Epidemiological Research
Ethnography
Focus Groups 1,4
Self-Observational Methods 1,4
Narrative Methods 1,3,4
Feminist Methods 1
Content Analysis 1,3,4
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy) 1,3,4
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research 1,2
Case History Methods 1
Appreciative Inquiry 1,2,4
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design 1
Longitudinal research 1
Cross-sectional research 1

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

Ethnoautobiographical research
Hermeneutics 1
Grounded Theory 1,4
Phenomenology 1
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.) 1
Confidence intervals 1,2
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA) 1,2
Analysis of Covariance 1
Regression (including multiple regression) 1
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis 1
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Nonparametrics 1
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes 1
Factor Analysis 1
Time series analysis 1
Multidimensional scaling