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Position Available as Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at Ohio State University


Ohio State University, Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Postion Available: Chair in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Questions should be directed to Courtney Sanders, Peace Chair Search, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43201-2602.

Primary Category: Social Sciences
The holder of the chair will be expected to lead an active multidisciplinary program in conflict resolution involving research, teaching, and public service.

The center is open to candidates in numerous fields including Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, History, Economics and Law.  A distinguished record of publication, teaching, and service is expected.  The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenured professor at The Ohio State University, salary and rank will be commensurate with the level of distinction.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Saybrook Faculty Member Ruth Richards Speaks on New Views of Empathy in Berkeley, May 17, 2011


Age of Empathy: New Views of Health, Human Nature, and Relational Creativity
with Saybrook Faculty Member, Ruth Richards, M.D., Ph.D.

The Ahimsa TTT Series - Tea and Talk on Tuesdays

May 17, 2011, 7:30 PM

Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
2304 McKinley Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Near Berkeley Bart and Berkeley High School

This talk highlights empathy as an essential yet often unsung human quality—one that is immediate, creative, connecting, and powerful—while exploring its greater potential for who we are as humans, and its vital role in our future growth, health, and progress, as individuals and as cultures.

Contact Ruth Richards for a pdf copy of the flier:

Alumna Jennifer Achord Rountree, PhD '10 and Faculty Member Marc Pilisuk Announce Book Releases


Alumna Jennifer Achord Rountree and Faculty Member Marc Pilisuk Announce Book Releases:

Who Benefits From Global Violence and War: Uncovering a Destructive System by Marc Pilisuk with Jennifer Achord Rountree. Westport, CT: Greenwood/Praeger 2008

Peace Movements World-wide (3 volumes) Marc Pilisuk and Michael Nagler (Eds) Praeger/ABC-clio. Santa Barbara, CA: 2011

Titles are available from

Faculty Position Open in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Conrad Grebel University College (a Mennonite College at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) invites applications for a full-time continuing contract faculty position in the undergraduate Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program and the proposed graduate PACS program, with a teaching and research specialty in interdisciplinary and multi-sector approaches to peace studies. A full copy of the position description can be found at The appointment will begin July 1, 2012. The College will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2011. The College is committed to employment equity. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. More information about the PACS program can be found at

Alumnus Kirk Schneider, PhD '84 Releases New Blog Entry in Psychology Today


A new Psychology Today blog entry from Kirk Schneider, PhD '84 Thoughts on an Awe-Inspiring Career in Counseling

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.


Alumna Teresa Bailey, PhD '96 Published Article in Child Neuropsychology


Alumna Teresa Bailey, PhD '96 published an article in Child Neuropsychology, the only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to child and adolescent developmental neuropsychology.

Her lead article was an invited review. Its focus is a description of central auditory processing in children and adolescents, how children with auditory processing disorders can be misdiagnosed with attention disorders, and the role of auditory processing in reading and language disorders.


Teresa Bailey


Neuroscience research on auditory processing pathways and their behavioral and electrophysiological correlates has taken place largely outside the field of clinical neuropsychology. Deviations and disruptions in auditory pathways in children and adolescents result in awell-documented range of developmental and learning impairments frequently referred forneuropsychological evaluation. This review is an introduction to research from the lastdecade. It describes auditory cortical and subcortical pathways and processes and relatesrecent research to specific conditions and questions neuropsychologists commonly encounter. Auditory processing disorders’ comorbidity with ADHD and language-based disorders andresearch addressing the challenges of assessment and differential diagnosis are discussed.

Dr. Bailey presented a 3-hour continuing education workshop based on this paper at the 2010 American College of Professional Neuropsychology annual meeting in Las Vegas.

She is currently in private practice, performing life-span neuropsychological and psychological evaluations in Los Altos, CA, and is an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, in Palo Alto, CA, where she teaches assessment and psychodynamic psychotherapy courses.

Teresa Bailey, Ph.D., History, Stanford U.; Ph.D., Psychology, Saybrook U.

Alumna Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. '10 (MFT) Publishes Article: Some Recent Findings on Synchronicity, Dream-Like Experiences, and Spiritual Emergence Processes


Alumna Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. '10 (MFT)Publishes Article: Some Recent Findings on Synchronicity, Dream-Like Experiences, and Spiritual Emergence Processes


Data driven, criteria-based science on dream-like experiences, spiritual emergence processes, and the Jungian concept of synchronicity is presented in a hermeneutic literature review and multiple case studies, based on a recent dissertation from Saybrook University, San Francisco. The article covers as well some of the experiential and personal accounts of the above phenomena according to the study participants, and certain philosophical and theoretical aspects of Jungian hermeneutics.

Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. (MFT)

Alumna Rivka Bertisch Meir, PhD '05 Awarded Fellowship by EPA; Presented a Symposium about her Saybrook Dissertation


Alumna Rivka Bertisch Meir, PhD '05 Awarded Fellowship by EPA; Presented a Symposium about her Saybrook Dissertation

Symposium- William Dawes A

Friday, March 11, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM


A retrospective study of multiple cases was conducted to examine whether a therapeutic interview guide used as an intervention tool would facilitate changes in beliefs, behavior and attitudes. The intervention was intended to help clients modify fixed beliefs that perpetuate self-destructive patterns of behavior and was conceptualized as “rewriting the code” or “recoding” behavior. The technique of “a point in time™” regression was utilized to access memories of a traumatic experience that occurred at different stages.


Rivka Bertisch. Meir, Ph.D., MPH., LMHC Independent Practice.

Discussant: Michael Meir, MD, Ph.D., LMHC, Dean Health Sciences, TCI College,

Dr. Rivka Meir is also a discussant at the following:

5 presentations on diverse topics, pages 112-113, EPA program (Chair: Mark Terjesen, St. John’s)

Sat, 10:30-11:50 am: Intervening after human-made disasters: Armenia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone
Chair: Ani Kalayjian (Meaningfulworld)

ATOP Mission to Armenia: The Biopsychosocial & Eco-Spiritual Model in Conflict Transformation and Forgiveness. Ani Kalayjian, Jennifer De Mucci (Meaningfulworld)

Long-Term Impact of Trauma of Wars in Lebanon: PTSD, Coping, Healing, Forgiveness, and Meaning-Making. Ani Kalayjian, Karin Polak-Soweid (Meaningfulworld)

Relationship Between Trauma and Forgiveness: Perspectives From Post-conflict Sierra Leone. Ani Kalayjian, Jennifer De Mucci (Meaningfulworld),Jennifer Doran (New School University)

Discussants: Rivka Bertisch Meir (City U New York), Michael Meir (Technical Careers Institute)

Rivka Bertisch Meir, Ph.D., MPH., LMHC
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Chairperson, American Psychological Association, International Liaison International Psychology
Co-Director of Multicultural Activities in the Speaker Bureau of Fordham Institute For the Media
Program Chairperson 2007, American Psychological Association, General Psychology
Fordham University, Adjunct Psychology Professor, New York, NY
Board Member, NYS Psychological Association, DOWI (Division of Women’s Issues)
Independent Psychotherapy Practice
Life Management Counseling -Corporate Consultant - Coach
Management & Leadership Development - Telephone consultations -

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retainworld-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies.

Valued at $50,000 a year for three years, the Vanier is one of Canada’s most prestigious graduate awards.

The Vanier Scholarships support doctoral studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields.

Both Canadian and international students are eligible to apply.

The Vaniers are administered by Canada’s three federal funding agencies:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Saybrook Alumna Jacquie Lewis, PhD '06 to Present Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, April 14-18


Saybrook Alumna Jacquie Lewis, PhD '06 to Present Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, April 14-18, 2011

Moving Dreams Off the Bed and Onto the Couch: The Importance of Dreamwork when Working with the Whole Person

Bring a dream to this workshop! People spend roughly one third of their lives asleep. The average number of dreams that humans have each night is about four to six. Yet many humanistic therapists rarely, if ever, discuss their clients’ dreams with them. Why should this be the case?

Recent research strongly indicates that dreams reflect waking concerns and experiences. Sadly, and often, when a client presents a dream the therapist deflects the conversation to waking events in the person's life or confesses to her client that she does not work with client dreams. Part of the reason for this is that therapists usually have not received adequate, if any, training on how to work with dreams in clinical settings. Unfortunately, the majority of graduate psychology schools in this country do not have even one class devoted to the topics of dreams, dreaming. and dreamwork. This seems odd when one reflects on the founding fathers of psychology Freud, Jung, and Adler, who recognized the importance of dreams.

This presentation will offer participants practical skills to work with dreams in clinical settings. Attendees will become familiar with the seven- step Ullman method and have the opportunity to work on a dream in a group to become familiar with the Ullman process.

This presentation will explore the value of working with dreams, while offering an addressing various humanistic approaches on how to work with clients when they bring dreams to the therapeutic setting. The dreamwork methods that will be discussed are: the Ullman method, the gestalt method, and the focusing method. Suggestions will be made on how to work with dreams both on an individual level and in a group setting.

Jacquie Lewis, PhD
Co-Director, Dream Studies Certificate Program
Saybrook University