Faculty Profile: Thomas Greening

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Thomas Greening

School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Thomas Greening received his Ph.D.in 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. He is a clinical professor of psychology at UCLA where he has supervised graduate students for 30 years.
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.
His teaching at Saybrook is within the Humanistic and Transpersonal Clinical Inquiry Concentration. He especially likes to teach Saybrook's courses in Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy, Existential Psychotherapies, Rollo May and the Existential Tradition, Critical Issues in Psychopathology, and Ethics.

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

None planned at present.

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ph. D. in psychology, University of Michigan 1958

B. A. in social science and literature 1952

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Professor of Psychology. International Editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Psychotherapist. Psychotherapy supervisor. Research on Psychology of Terrorists. Writer/poet. Peace activist. Making documentary film on Luria and brain damage.

Current Publications

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Significant Publications

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Important Conference Presentations

Psychology of Terrorism; Citizen Diplomacy; The Active Psychotherapy Client. Existential Psychotherapy.  Psychological Uses of Autobiography.  Psychoanalytic Theory.

Research Interests

Self-actualization, personal growth, transcendence of trauma, authenticity, psychotherapy, citizen diplomacy and peace activism

Research Expertise

Case studies. Heuristic research. Phenomenological research. Autobiographical studies. Interview studies. Archival research.

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

Helping students get in touch with what they really want to do at Saybrook, what dissertation research will mean the most to them, how to integrate their past personal and professional experiences with their academic study and professional development.

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
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
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
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

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
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling