Dr. Joel Federman writes about his trip to Egypt and meeting with democracy activists


Joel Federman Joel Federman warned us.

The director of Saybrook University’s programs in Social Transformation, Dr. Federman published an article in Common Dreams last month warning that the democracy movement in Egypt was not over – and that the military’s clearing of protestors from Tahrir Square long after the autocrats were supposed to be out of power was an indication of the struggle to come.

“The world should be watching Tahrir Square,” he warned, after returning from a trip to Egypt where he spoke with democracy activists and civic leaders. 

Since then the question of what the Egyptian military’s intentions are … and whether the democracy movement can continue … has only grown, with allegations that the military government is trying to quietly cover up the crimes of the Mubarak regime and hold itself above accountability.

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Saybrook faculty featured as “Pioneers” in the journal NeuroQuantology


The September special issue of the journal Neuroquantology – an interdisciplinary journal of neuroscience and quantum physics – focused on “Pioneers who changed the face of science and those that have been mentored by them” and featured several members of Saybrook University’s faculty. 

Amedeo Giorgi, Ruth Richards, and Louis Hoffman – all faculty in Saybrook’s psychology programs – were the subjects of featured articles.  In addition, faculty members Marc Applebaum and Ruth Richards contributed articles.

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Catch Saybrook at the APA in Washington D.C.


Saybrook University is always well represented at the American Psychological Association, with faculty, alumni, and students making presentations, leading panels, and holding debates.

This year they’ll be presenting on everything from using expressive arts in the workplace to hypnosis and cyberspace.

Saybrook’s annual APA convention dinner, sponsored by Dr. Stanley Krippner and the Saybrook Alumni Association, will be held on Friday, August 5, from 6 - 9 p.m., at Clyde’s of Gallery Place (707 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.).


To RSVP, or for more information, email Saybrook Alumni Director George Aiken, or call:  415-394-5968

A list of Saybrook faculty, student, and alumni presentations at this year’s APA (Aug 4-7) is below:

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PHS Alumni Homecoming: August 26 - 27, in San Francisco


Saybrook University's Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies will hold its annual Alumni Homecomming the weekend of August 26-27, at the PHS Residential Conference, at the Airport Westin hotel.   

PLEASE RSVP to or call 415-394-5968


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Moral courage, nonviolence, and peace in rural Columbia


Marc Pilisuk, who teaches in Saybrook's Social Transformation program, will speak on "Moral Courage, Nonviolence, and Peace  Communities in Rural Columbia" on Wednesday, July 20. 

Dr. Pilisuk is one of the leading scholars of peace in the world today.  He is the editor of the recently published three volume anthology  Peace Movements World Wide, the most extensive study of the global peace movement ever developed.  He is also the 2010 winner of the Society of Psychologists for the Study of Social Issues’ Distinguished Service Award, and its 2011 award for teaching.   

  • What:  Marc Pilisuk on "Moral Courage,  Nonviolence and Peace Communities in Rural Colombia."
  • Where:  UC Berkeley, 210 Wheeler
  • When:  3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20

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Carl Hild given award for research, scholarship, and creativity


Alaska Ugashik peak Saybrook alumnus Carl M. Hild was awarded the 2010-2011 Alaska Pacific University Faculty Merit Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creativity.

Hild, Organizational Systems '07, is Director of the Health Services Administration Program at Alaska Pacific University, and Chair of its Business Administration Department for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

He has worked closely with native healers and hospital administrators to develop the health care system in a state with a large indigenous population, where many remote villages are not accessible by road.  By combining the traditional and the modern elements of health care, he has helped develop systems of care that often surpass those available in the lower 48 states.

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Bob Flax Elected to Board of Directors of the Democratic World Federalists


Saybrook alumnus and faculty member Bob Flax, Ph.D.. '92, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Democratic World Federalists, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. The DWF is one of a number of organizations around the world that is dedicated to establishing a democratically elected world government with a constitution and bill of rights that is capable of handling the great problems of our time -- including climate change, economic crises, famines, pandemics, poverty, and war.

Bob’s interest in world government grew out of his work as a clinical psychologist treating individuals, couples, families, and groups. He expanded his focus to include larger systems and studied organization development and conflict resolution. He has worked in a wide range of settings, including businesses, non-profits, intentional communities, and over 16 years with the California State Prison system. Finally he arrived at the next logical step – the way we work together as citizens of the world.

Bob has participated in international citizen diplomacy projects and is currently designing a course in World Federalism for Saybrook University, where he has been on the faculty for over 18 years. Bob teaches courses in the Social Transformation, Psychology and Research areas and can be reached at

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Alumna Ann Williams says give the disabled access to research studies


Saybrook Alumna Ann Williams, PhD '05, has Co-Authored an article in Science Translational Medicine calling for an end to the practice of barring people with physical disabilities from participating in some research studies.

In her article Practicing and Implementing Changes Through CWRU's Federally-Funded FIND Lab, she asks researchers "to rethink participation criteria that exclude people with sight, hearing or mobility problems, or other disabilities."

Wiliams is an Associate Professor and Research Associate in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Cayse Western Reserve University. 

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The Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies welcomes you


Sfbaybridge_at_night Welcome to all who seek to explore what it means to be human in the 21st century and who desire a person centered or humanistic education that values our relationship with each other and the planet. Our goal is to support personal and cultural transformation that leads to the co-creation of a genuinely just, humane and sustainable future. Together with our faculty, students, alumni, and staff I invite you to join our community of scholar-practitioners.

Originally founded as the Humanistic Psychology Institute in 1971, and known for more than three decades as Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, the College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies has been the world’s premier educational institution dedicated to humanistic scholarship for nearly 40 years. It has been the intellectual home for generations of scholars who sought to make a difference in the world through practice, and for practitioners who sought to take their work to the next level through education.

This college we fondly call PHS is the holder of the legacy that sources the mission and values of Saybrook University and all its colleges. Its faculty can trace their roots directly to the thought leaders who created the humanistic tradition – in humanistic psychology, in human science, in mind-body medicine, and in organizational systems and leadership. Our faculty are first generation offspring of these titans of the humanistic tradition who in turn have shaped the second and third generations of this tradition’s leaders. These three generations of humanistic scholars are now educating the next generation of humanistic scholars and practitioners who are needed now, more than ever before, to effect a transformation in the values that drive our society and culture.

A basic assumption of the humanistic approach states that each individual has a unique role and influence in the world.

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Our programs


Every individual has a unique role and influence in the world that can be realized through their life’s work.

Saybrook’s College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies helps you find your passion, prepare for your career, and engage with the world to make it a better place. 

The premier graduate university for education in humanistic psychology;  a cutting edge pioneer in the study of organizational systems;  and the only American university offer accredited degrees in Human Science (the European tradition of social sciences) – Saybrook’s College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies (PHS) offers a truly unique opportunity to advance one’s life’s work through humanistic study, scholarship, and activism.

PHS degrees are offered in low-residency programs, allowing students to study while remaining in their careers and without relocating.  Students are required to attend a small number of Residential Conference each year for workshops, seminars, training, and intensives – and otherwise can complete coursework online. 

PHS offers the following degrees:


In Psychology:


In Organizational Systems:


In Human Science



Students in any PHS program have the option of choosing a concentration in one of the following areas:



Saybrook offers 11 certificates to non-degree students and to degree students seeking to enhance their education.

To earn a certificate, students need to complete four 3-credt certificate courses, one 3-credit practicum course, and a 1-credit integrative paper that ties course study and research together. Students will earn 16 units by completing a certificate. When appropriate, Saybrook students can transfer credits earned through a certificate towards their degree program.

Saybrook offers certification in the following areas:


For more information about Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, visit, or contact an admissions specialist.  


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