Louis Hoffman named President-Elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology


Louis Hoffman Dr. Louis Hoffman, a member of Saybrook University's psychology faculty, has been named President-Elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology. 

He began the role in August of this year, and will become President of the society in August, 2012. 

Hoffman will replace current SHP president David Elkins.  Both Hoffman and Elkins are members of The New Existentialists, a new movement in existential-humanistic psychology that emerged out of the work of faculty and alumni of Saybrook's Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies.

"It's an honor," said Hoffman, "particularly at this time that many are describing as a renaissance in humanistic psychology and current president David Elkins described as the most excitement in humanistic psychology since the 1970s. Having served on the board for several years, I am quite aware of the talented leaders and scholars that are involved helping attain this resurgence. I hope that we can continue to build upon what we have accomplished, such as drawing in a large base of extraordinarily talented students and early career psychologists to become involved with the society, and creating a very successful annual conference. In particular, I hope we can increase the diversity in the division, including taking a critical examination of what it means for the division to embrace and value diversity. This, I believe, is necessary for us to continue to grow and stay relevant in an increasingly diverse and international society."


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Louis Hoffman to present at Caribbean psychology conference


450px-Bahamas_A2001138_1550_250m Saybrook faculty member Louis Hoffman, a member of “The New Existentialists,” will be presenting two papers at the 2011 Carribean Regional Conference of Psychology.

The conference has the theme of "Psychological Science & Well-Being: Building Bridges for Tomorrow," and will be held from November 16-18 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Dr. Hoffman, who has recently been elected to the role President-Elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, will be presenting on:

  1. Existential therapy in a Bahamian Context by Louis Hoffman & Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman
  2. Bahamians in Cross Cultural Marriages: Implications for Marriage/Family Therapy by Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman & Louis Hoffman

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Dr. Joel Federman writes about his trip to Egypt and meeting with democracy activists


Joel Federman Joel Federman warned us.

The director of Saybrook University’s programs in Social Transformation, Dr. Federman published an article in Common Dreams last month warning that the democracy movement in Egypt was not over – and that the military’s clearing of protestors from Tahrir Square long after the autocrats were supposed to be out of power was an indication of the struggle to come.

“The world should be watching Tahrir Square,” he warned, after returning from a trip to Egypt where he spoke with democracy activists and civic leaders. 

Since then the question of what the Egyptian military’s intentions are … and whether the democracy movement can continue … has only grown, with allegations that the military government is trying to quietly cover up the crimes of the Mubarak regime and hold itself above accountability.

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Saybrook faculty featured as “Pioneers” in the journal NeuroQuantology


The September special issue of the journal Neuroquantology – an interdisciplinary journal of neuroscience and quantum physics – focused on “Pioneers who changed the face of science and those that have been mentored by them” and featured several members of Saybrook University’s faculty. 

Amedeo Giorgi, Ruth Richards, and Louis Hoffman – all faculty in Saybrook’s psychology programs – were the subjects of featured articles.  In addition, faculty members Marc Applebaum and Ruth Richards contributed articles.

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Catch Saybrook at the APA in Washington D.C.


Saybrook University is always well represented at the American Psychological Association, with faculty, alumni, and students making presentations, leading panels, and holding debates.

This year they’ll be presenting on everything from using expressive arts in the workplace to hypnosis and cyberspace.

Saybrook’s annual APA convention dinner, sponsored by Dr. Stanley Krippner and the Saybrook Alumni Association, will be held on Friday, August 5, from 6 - 9 p.m., at Clyde’s of Gallery Place (707 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.).


To RSVP, or for more information, email Saybrook Alumni Director George Aiken, or call:  415-394-5968

A list of Saybrook faculty, student, and alumni presentations at this year’s APA (Aug 4-7) is below:

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PHS Alumni Homecoming: August 26 - 27, in San Francisco


Saybrook University's Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies will hold its annual Alumni Homecomming the weekend of August 26-27, at the PHS Residential Conference, at the Airport Westin hotel.   

PLEASE RSVP to or call 415-394-5968


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Moral courage, nonviolence, and peace in rural Columbia


Marc Pilisuk, who teaches in Saybrook's Social Transformation program, will speak on "Moral Courage, Nonviolence, and Peace  Communities in Rural Columbia" on Wednesday, July 20. 

Dr. Pilisuk is one of the leading scholars of peace in the world today.  He is the editor of the recently published three volume anthology  Peace Movements World Wide, the most extensive study of the global peace movement ever developed.  He is also the 2010 winner of the Society of Psychologists for the Study of Social Issues’ Distinguished Service Award, and its 2011 award for teaching.   

  • What:  Marc Pilisuk on "Moral Courage,  Nonviolence and Peace Communities in Rural Colombia."
  • Where:  UC Berkeley, 210 Wheeler
  • When:  3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20

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Carl Hild given award for research, scholarship, and creativity


Alaska Ugashik peak Saybrook alumnus Carl M. Hild was awarded the 2010-2011 Alaska Pacific University Faculty Merit Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creativity.

Hild, Organizational Systems '07, is Director of the Health Services Administration Program at Alaska Pacific University, and Chair of its Business Administration Department for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

He has worked closely with native healers and hospital administrators to develop the health care system in a state with a large indigenous population, where many remote villages are not accessible by road.  By combining the traditional and the modern elements of health care, he has helped develop systems of care that often surpass those available in the lower 48 states.

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Bob Flax Elected to Board of Directors of the Democratic World Federalists


Saybrook alumnus and faculty member Bob Flax, Ph.D.. '92, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Democratic World Federalists, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. The DWF is one of a number of organizations around the world that is dedicated to establishing a democratically elected world government with a constitution and bill of rights that is capable of handling the great problems of our time -- including climate change, economic crises, famines, pandemics, poverty, and war.

Bob’s interest in world government grew out of his work as a clinical psychologist treating individuals, couples, families, and groups. He expanded his focus to include larger systems and studied organization development and conflict resolution. He has worked in a wide range of settings, including businesses, non-profits, intentional communities, and over 16 years with the California State Prison system. Finally he arrived at the next logical step – the way we work together as citizens of the world.

Bob has participated in international citizen diplomacy projects and is currently designing a course in World Federalism for Saybrook University, where he has been on the faculty for over 18 years. Bob teaches courses in the Social Transformation, Psychology and Research areas and can be reached at

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Alumna Ann Williams says give the disabled access to research studies


Saybrook Alumna Ann Williams, PhD '05, has Co-Authored an article in Science Translational Medicine calling for an end to the practice of barring people with physical disabilities from participating in some research studies.

In her article Practicing and Implementing Changes Through CWRU's Federally-Funded FIND Lab, she asks researchers "to rethink participation criteria that exclude people with sight, hearing or mobility problems, or other disabilities."

Wiliams is an Associate Professor and Research Associate in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Cayse Western Reserve University. 

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