Bob Flax



Bob Flax

Co-Director, Research

  • Co-Director of Research

Saybrook University

Bob Flax, Ph.D. is a psychologist, teacher, administrator, activist, and organization development consultant. He is the Co-Director of Research at Saybrook University and is on the boards of the Democratic World Federalists, Citizens for Global Solutions and the World Federalist Movement He has a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in Psychology from Long Island University, an M.A. in Organization Development from Sonoma State University, a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook Institute, and a Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University. Bob teaches Overview of Transformative Social Change Interventions (TSC 6615) and works with students on independent studies, theses, essays, and dissertations.

Bob began his career as a psychotherapist in the late 1970's. He trained at the New Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYC), the Contextual Therapy Center (Berkeley), and The Bay Area Depression & Anxiety Treatment Center (San Francisco). His initial work focused on psychotherapy integration and therapist growth and development. During this time, he worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, agencies, residential psychiatric centers, private practice, and 16 years in the California prison system where he was the first Psychologist in California to work full-time on San Quentin's 'death row' and manage their 3,000 person volunteer division which provided over 40 inmate education and rehabilitation programs. He was later promoted to the management team of the Mental Health Department at the California State Prison-Solano. Bob also taught Psychology at LaGuardia Community College, Sierra University, William Lyon University, John F. Kennedy University, and The Professional School of Psychology.

From his prison experience and international travel, Bob was struck by the way many large systems contribute to human suffering. As a result, he pursued additional training in organization development and conflict resolution, expanding his focus to include organizational and large systems change. During this phase of his carer he conducted organizational development, leadership, and communications training programs for a number of organizations ranging from small non-profits to IBM. Bob's work with large systems ultimately led to his current involvement with the World Federalist Movement - an effort to create a democratically elected, global federal government, capable of ending war and responding to today's most pressing problems.

If available, Bob is happy to work with students on independent studies, theses, essays, and dissertations in his two specialty areas -- therapist growth and development and global governance and world federation. He is also available to consult with students in these areas:

Citizen Diplomacy

Conflict Resolution

Holistic Health

Intentional Communities

Organizational Culture

Prison Reform

Psychotherapy Effectiveness

Psychotherapy Integration

Restorative Justice

Spiritual Practice

Bob lives in a cohousing community in the San Francisco Bay Area, maintains a meditation practice, and enjoys outdoor adventure activities.

Community Involvement
Role Organization
Board Member Citizens for Global Solutions
Board Member Democratic World Federalists
Council Member The World Federalist Movement
Professional Skills
Citizen Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Global governance and world federation, Holistic Health, Intentional Communities, Organizational Culture, Prison Reform, Psychotherapy Effectiveness, Psychotherapist growth and development, Psychotherapy Integration, Restorative Justice, Spiritual (especially Buddhist) Practice