Marc Applebaum



Marc Applebaum

Adjunct Faculty

Humanistic and Clinical Psychology
Saybrook University
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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 the human subject. For examples of my published articles see my page (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., for my Saybrook-related blog posts see my New Existentialists posts, and PhenomenologyBlog is a platform I founded in collaboration with colleagues in Europe and Asia.

My area of expertise is phenomenology and hermeneutics. I teach 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 also deeply engaged with the hermeneutic philosophical tradition, which includes figures such as Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Gadamer. I am a published researcher, and I serve on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Phenomenology is only one of the assortment of research methods to which you'll be introduced in RES 1005--but please understand, there is NO preference for you to use this method in the proposal you develop in our course. The priority is for each student to identify the research method that is most appropriate for the topic you propose to study, and your objective in studying it.

My recent scholarly publications have focused on method--for example, the ongoing debate 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.

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 9 years, working with formerly homeless, dual-diagnosed adults.I have worked for more than 18 years in the organizational psychology field, and currently consult as an executive coach and organization development consultant. I live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Business/IO Psychology Organizational Development
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Religion and Psychology
Leadership & Management Leadership Approaches and Practices
Psychology Humanistic Psychology