Faculty Profile: Marc Pilisuk

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Marc Pilisuk

Marc Pilisuk is a social and clinical psychologist whose interests have spanned the topics of peace and conflict resolution, social justice, poverty, environmental issues, gaming and decision theory, caring and social support networks in health, community development, the study of power and social change, and voices of displaced people. Over his career he has taught in major Universities in Departments of Psychology, Human and Community Development, Public Health, Social Welfare, Administrative Science, City and Regional Planning, Nursing, and Peace and Conflict Studies and is an emeritus Professor of The University of California. He was a founder of the first Teach-in on a University campus and of the Psychologists for Social Responsibility and a Past President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. He is the author or editor of 10 books and approximately 150 other publications. His most recent book (co-edited with Michael Nagler three volume anthology (co-edited with Michael Nagler) is titled Peace Movements Worldwide: History, Psychology, and Practices. It captures the voices of experts and participants to document the history and growth of the diverse but inspiring movement for peace and social justice -- why it is important, who gets involved, and how it can succeed. The anthology examines almost every facet of human striving for peace, from the global to the personal. The first volume, History and Vitality of Peace Movements, explores the meaning of peace-its historical, philosophical, and biological foundations and related spiritual, gender, social, and economic viewpoints. The second volume, Players and Practices in Resistance to War, discusses control over weapons, efforts to prevent and end violent conflict, and efforts to heal the traumatic aftereffects of violence. The third volume, Peace Efforts That Work and Why, looks at how mankind can build a new world order by building communities with a sustainable culture of peace. Eight Saybrook graduate students contributed to the anthology by writing chapters and providing editorial assistance. Two other books are The Healing Web with Susan H. Parks and Who Benefits from Global Violence and War:Uncovering a Destructive System (with Jennifer A Rountree). His work has received awards including: Howard Zinn Award for Research and Scholarship in Peace and Justice for the Peace and Justice Studies Association;

Award for Graduate level Teaching and Mentoring. Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues;

Lifetime Contribution Award: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues;

Public Service Award,: Psychologists for Social Responsibility;

Lifetime Contribution Award: Society for Study of Peace Conflict and Violence;

Anthony Marsella Award for Psychology of Peace and Social Justice;

SAGE Award: Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues;

Eagle Feather: UC Davis Native American Studies Program, for advocacy on behalf of Native American Studies;

Twentieth Century Award for Achievement by the International Biographical Center.

Marc Is on the executive faculty of Saybrook where he has created courses in Youth

Violence Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Relationships in Health and Healing,

Ecological Psychology, Community Intervention Skills, Globalism and Power, and

Building Sustainability. He now teaches part time and focuses upon courses in the

certificate programs under the Social Transformation umbrella. His teaching at Saybrook

University has focused upon globalization, sustainability, violence prevention, conflict

resolution, healthy communities and relationships in health and healing.

Marc’s primary interests lie in the application of the values and knowledge of humanistic psychology, human sciences to the cause of social justice, healthy societies, environmental sustainability and world peace. He work with the goal of empowering people and communities to make transformative changes -- resisting forces toward violence and affirming interdependence with others and with the natural world.""

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

  • B.A. 1955 Queens College, New York City
  • M.A. 1956 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Ph.D. 1961 University of Michigan (Social and Clinical Psychology)
  • Postdoctoral training 1972–73 Psychology Clinic, University of California, Berkeley
  • Licensed clinical psychologist, State of California

Current Publications

Pilisuk, M. (1998) The hidden structure of contemporary violence. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 4(3), 197-216.


Pilisuk, M. (1999) Addictive rewards in nuclear weapons development. Peace Review 11:4, 597-602


Pilisuk,, M. (2000) Globalization and quality of life. Sentient Times. June /July, 2000. P 16.









Important Conference Presentations

Research Interests


Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


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