Faculty Profile: Marc Applebaum

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Marc Applebaum

My area of expertise is descriptive phenomenology--both the psychological research method developed by Amedeo Giorgi at Duquesne and Saybrook, and the foundations of this approach in the philosophy of Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. I am Associate Editor of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, and Founding Editor of the website PhenomenologyBlog.

I am also deeply engaged with hermeneutic philosophy (a closely related “cousin” of phenomenology), particularly the work of Paul Ricoeur and Hans-Georg Gadamer.

My aim as a researcher is to contribute to the founding of psychology as a qualitative human science that is capable of matching the natural sciences in rigor while being faithful to human being.

My recent scholarly publications have focused on method--for example, the ongoing dialogue between descriptive and interpretive approaches in qualitative psychological research. I'm also very engaged in the phenomenological study of consciousness, intercultural psychology, and the psychological study of leadership.

My MA thesis was a comparative study of intuition (unmediated perception) in the work of Husserl and the founder of modern Japanese philosophy, Nishida Kitaro; My dissertation was a psychological study of the meanings of leadership-as-servanthood among Muslim civil society leaders. Both studies were supervised by Giorgi.

I have worked extensively in both the community mental health and organization development fields. I served as a clinical case manager in San Francisco's community mental health system for more than 8 years, working with formerly homeless, dual-diagnosed adults.I have worked for more than 8 years in the corporate world in the organization and leadership development field and currently consult to a variety of firms as an executive coach and management consultant. I live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Curriculum Vitae

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