Dr. Gillespie received her Doctorate from Fielding Graduate University. She has 20 years experience as a researcher. Her work has emphasized clinical and basic science research in Mind/Body modalities and in psychological clinical trials. Dr. Gillespie's history includes positions as Investigator, Co-investigator, Research Methodologist and Research Coordinator at the University of Michigan, Birmingham University UK and Indiana University, Indianapolis. She has also worked as an independent consultant, and as research faculty within the IU system. As Saybrook faculty, Dr. Gillespie has taught courses in research design, writing literature reviews, and conducting pilot and dissertation study projects.
Dr. Gillespie's own research interests include post-traumatic growth after catastrophic brain injuries, spirituality in recovery, and meditation as a behavioral intervention. She led one of the first studies in Reiki at the University of Michigan. She is also regularly involved in projects initiated and led by others. Roles on individual projects have included research methodologist, database designer, co-investigator and principal investigator. Prior projects have included randomized clinical trials, non-experimental clinical and qualitatively-based studies.
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Shamanism Spirituality PTSD/Trauma Post-Traumatic Growth Secondary Traumatic Stress Mixed Methods Research Research Design/Methodology Quantitative Inquiry
- Education History
Degree Institution Year PhD Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara CA 2014