Working to Change Public Policy

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Do you want to make a difference in your own life and the lives of others, contribute to creating a more sustainable and humane global society, improve the condition of mankind? Are you already engaged as a political, social, or cultural activist or do you aspire to become one? Each of our schools offers programs to provide the skills and professional training you need or enhance those you already have in government, civic engagement, international relations, politics, healthcare, and many other fields seeking to address the challenges we face in the 21st century.

For example, Saybrook Psychology alumnus Steven Kull founded a global polling firm and now briefs the UN, NATO, and the White House on global opinion.

"I came to Saybrook as a practicing psychotherapist, and I was interested in taking models I had used in a psychotherapeutic context and applying them in a collective context. The core of my Saybrook education was learning how to make an objective study of experience and, from that, to illuminate collective dynamics." —Steven Kull

Here are just a few of the types of careers our programs support if you want to work in public policy:

  • Global opinion think tank executive and researcher
  • Congressional healthcare lobbyist/activist
  • Economic development consultant/lobbyist
  • Federal civil service consultant and trainer
  • Veterans healthcare policy administrator and researcher
  • International peace and social justice activist
  • Child welfare and nutrition advocate
  • Mental health researcher
  • Government administrator/manager
  • Conflict resolution mediator

Saybrook graduates are pursuing successful and satisfying livelihoods in these and many other careers.

After graduating with a PhD in 2007, for instance, Saybrook alumna Leila Kozak received a post-doctoral fellowship at Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) in Seattle, WA. HSR&D is the research arm of the Veteran’s Administration, and hers was the first fellowship focused on the evaluation of Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the VA.

"The pioneering work of Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine is supporting the building of a new medicine that is bringing together the high-tech with the high-touch." 
—Leila Kozak