Alumna Kaffia Jones promoted to Brigadier General


Saybrook is pleased to announce that psychology alumna Colonel Kaffia Jones was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on Sept. 10. 

The ceremony was held it Atlanta, Georgia, and attended by Brigadier General Jones’ immediate family, officers of the General corps, and enlisted servicemen and women.  Saybrook Faculty member Eugene Taylor was also in attendance. 

The ceremony was conducted by Major General Stuart M. Dyer, Commanding General of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), based in East Point, Georgia, where Colonel Jones served as Chief of Staff for two years.

Immediately following the ceremony, Brigadier General Jones left for a posting in the Middle East.  The 3200 Soldiers and civilians in her command build, operate, maintain, and defend the military computer network in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf.

As a Saybrook student, then Colonel Jones produced what Taylor called “an outstanding dissertation” entitled “Expatriate Warrior:  the experiences of World War II American veterans of African descent,” under faculty members Theopia Jackson, Zonya Johnson, and Charles Canaday. 

Jones earned her PhD in Psychology, graduating in 2010.

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Watch PsyD student Martha White's presentation to the Hawaii state legislature


Saybrook PsyD student Martha White's recent presentation to Hawaii state officials, including the Lt. Governor, has been posted to video.  It can be seen here.

White gave the presentation, on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), as part of Hawaii's programs for International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness Day.

It's a subject White has been passionate about since adopting a child from Eastern Europe who suffers from FASD.  Her experience tending to her adopted daughter led her to eventually become a mental health counselor and advocate for children with related syndromes.  She has a private counseling and consulting practice, specializing in preschool mental health, challenging behaviors, and adult recovery from childhood trauma. 

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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.

For more information, visit

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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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