Alumni Messenger


Annual Alumni-Sponsored Saybrook Dinner at the APA Convention


Saturday, August 8, 6:00 PM, at Joe Badali's in Toronto One block from the Convention Center.

See the Dinner Menu.

Saybrook will have a private or semi-private room.

RSVP to or 415-394-5968

Alumni and Faculty APA Presenters, please keep the Alumni Association informed of your scheduled presentations. They will be included on this blog.

From Zen to Mother Teresa: 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation Invitation


From Zen to Mother Teresa: Community Service as Spiritual Practice

Invitation to the 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation:

The 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation Invitation: From Zen to Mother Teresa

Alumna Heather Dermyer, PhD ’09 to Serve as a Mind-Body Specialist for the US Olympic Education Center


Alumna Heather Dermyer, PhD ’09 to serve as a mind-body specialist for the Olympic Weightlifting, Speedskating, and Women’s Freestyle Wrestling teams at the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) in Marquette, Michigan. The USOEC is the only Olympic training center in the country that enables their athletes to earn a college education en route of the pursuit of their Olympic goals. Marquette will host the 2009 Speedskating Olympic Trials September 8-12, 2009 in preparation for the Vancouver, BC Winter Olympic Games in February 2010. For more information, please visit

Alumna Cheryl Faulkner Cook, MA '92, PhD '95 Passes in Auto Accident


Alumna Cheryl Faulkner Cook, MA '92, PhD '95 Passes in Auto Accident

From Cheryl's husband, Thomas Cook:

Dear Saybrook Alumni, I regret to inform you that my wife Cheryl was killed in a car accident on Dec. 8th 2006, in NH. It was a single car accident due to black ice on the highway. We had just had dinner at a local restaurant and were going to our NH home. I was following her in my truck when she failed to make a curve and the car was turning over and slammed into a tree crushing the top. She was killed almost instantly. I was able to reach into the car and kept my hands on her neck and face as she died. It was very tragic. I am not sure if anyone at Saybrook knows of her death. She had great respect and admiration for the faculty and alumni of Saybrook, so I would like to have the information released to that community. Thanks, Tom

Sustainable Enterprise 2009 | May 8th Conference


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This year's conference is packed with information about opportunities to prosper in these challenging economic times: green financing, energy efficiency programs that drop your energy costs immediately, how to effectively market the good work you're doing, and how to green your career. We've got some last minute great ticket deals and even some exhibitor space. It's easy to register online.

In times like these, we can work together for a vital, sustainable North Bay economy that protects our environment and includes everyone. So I hope you join me at the conference, May 8.

Janet Beazlie, M.A. '06
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Organizer

The 4th Sustainable Enterprise Conference
Friday - May 8, 2009

Online Registration Ends - Tuesday, May 5

This year's Sustainable Enterprise Conference at Sonoma Mountain Village offers North Bay business leaders the opportunity to learn how to initiate and lead lasting change in their organizations, change that will position them for leadership and profitability in the new economy.

To register and for more information, go to:

Alumnus Michael Mayer, PhD '77 Publishes New Book on Energy Psychology


I'm very happy to announce the release of my new book, Energy Psychology: Self Healing Methods for Bodymind Health. Many leaders in the field now consider energy psychology to be at the cutting edge in the field of psychology and integrative medicine.

In my new book I provide poignant examples of how my patients have benefited by applying energy psychology methods developed over many years in private practice and from work in an integrative medical clinic.

You'll learn self-healing methods for hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, trauma, etc.; and I hope you'll share these practices and the book with friends during this time of our health care crises.

"This scholarly and eminently readable book integrates eastern and western forms of self-healing techniques and examines the capacity of various approaches that put human beings at the center of their own self-care. I applaud Dr Michael Mayer for his monumental work, which hopefully foreshadows the shape of body-mind approaches for years to come."

- Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Medical Director, The Trauma Center, Boston University School of Medicine
Former Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University

"Michael Mayer gives us the breadth and depth of energy psychology and helps us see how it can be part of all of our healing."

James S. Gordon, M.D.
Former Chairman of the White House Commission
on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy
Author of “Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression

Now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble,Random House's website, and all major books stores. Or, click here to order from my website:

Call for Proposals-Global Citizenship for the 21st Century


Call for Proposals
Global Citizenship for the 21st Century

The 21st Century has ushered in new opportunities as well as
great challenges to global citizenship. What are the practical and theoretical implications of global citizenship to communities and nations?

This conference encourages interdisciplinary dialogue about
global citizenship in all its variations and manifestations.
Suggested presentation topics include but are not limited to:

- Global communication and problem solving
- International business and tourism
- Global markets and labor
- Intercultural and international partnerships and
- Gender and globalization
- Pedagogy, curriculum and course design
- Civic engagement and global citizenship
- Interfaith dialogue and spirituality
- Science, health and medicine in the global context
- Technology and cultural transformation
- Environmental concerns

Proposals should include full contact information, presentation
title, abstract (300 words), and a one-page curriculum vitae.
Please submit electronically by Friday, July 31, 2009, to Betsy
Kinder at Notification of acceptance by
August 31, 2009. For questions about the conference, contact Dr.
Päivi Hoikkala at

Social Psychology Network

Alumnus Robert McCarthy, Ph.D. ’03 Awarded Emeritus Status


Alumnus Robert McCarthy, Ph.D. ’03 Awarded Emeritus Status by the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians

Saybrook Announces Affiliation with Center for Mind-Body Medicine


Press Release:


San Francisco, Ca. and Washington D.C. (April 20, 2009) ¡V Dr. Lorne M. Buchman, President of Saybrook Graduate School and Dr. James S. Gordon, Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), today announced an affiliation for educational initiatives in mind-body medicine that will revolutionize graduate education in healthcare. The affiliation will bring the resources and expertise of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to Saybrook¡¦s masters, doctoral, and certificate programs in Mind-Body Medicineƒx and provide unique opportunities for professional and personal enrichment to a broad range of students interested in enhancing their skills in mind-body and integrative medicine.

Dr. Buchman also announced the appointment of Dr. Gordon as Dean of Saybrook's Mind-Body Medicine program and its future College of Mind-Body Medicine. The future College of Mind-Body Medicine will be the focal point for Saybrook¡¦s graduate programs in healthcare and is one of the future colleges Saybrook will be creating as it evolves into a multidisciplinary university.

James S. Gordon M.D. is a Harvard educated psychiatrist and a world renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and recently served as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He also served as the first Chair of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health¡¦s Office of Alternative Medicine and is a former member of the Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gordon has created ground-breaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression, and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, and Gaza as well as in post 9/11 New York and post-Katrina southern Louisiana.

Executive Faculty Member Ruth Richards Awarded APA Division 10 (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) Arnheim Award for Lifetime Achievement


“The award…helps to underscore the importance of Creativity Studies, and
everyday creativity in our lives and toward a better world.” Dr. Ruth Richards

From Division 10’s Committee Chair:

"It is my absolute honor and delight to let you know that you have been selected as the 2009 Arnheim Award winner. Amidst VERY impressive competition, the committee felt that your work had the strongest impact, the most importance, and has done so much good. On a personal level, it's a thrill to be able to tell you this -- you have been such an importance influence on me as a thinker, scholar, and person. Congratulations on a much-deserved honor!"